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Alfred Music Publishing Adapts World's Best-Selling Piano and Guitar Methods as Self-Teaching Course Books

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Alfred Music Publishing, the world leader in educational print music and resources since 1922, proudly releases Alfred's Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course and Alfred's Self-Teaching Basic Guitar Course.

Alfred's Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course and Alfred's Self-Teaching Basic Guitar Course each contain Study Guide pages that introduce each music piece and provide detailed explanation, information, and direction that help teach the skills needed to perform popular and familiar music. The self-teaching course books function perfectly as at-home teachers, whether you have a teacher or not, in addition to providing an enjoyable learning experience—all at the student’s desired pace.

Alfred's Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course, by Willard A. Palmer and Morton Manus, contain 192 pages of easy-to-understand instruction, clearly defined music terms, and helpful fingering illustrations—all reinforced with popular and familiar music pieces. Spanning a wide variety of music styles and genres, five bonus pieces have been added in the new edition method book to include “Over the Rainbow,” “At Last,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Laura,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Also included is an audio CD that contains all of the exercises and music found in the book. A DVD is available that offers a video introduction to all the pages in the book with special performances of the pieces by well-known teacher, Gayle Kowalchyk.

Alfred's Self-Teaching Basic Guitar Course, by Morty Manus and Ron Manus, is a 128-page method that utilizes widely popular music styles from the pop, rock, blues, folk, and classical genres to reinforce music concepts and lessons. Guitar chord charts and music notation are presented in clear, easy-to-understand illustrations, in addition to a Guitar Fingerboard Chart and Magic Chord Accompaniment Guide offering helpful direction and alternate chord suggestion. The bonus Pathways to Becoming a Professional nine-page supplement offers invaluable tips and essential first steps to successfully launching a career as a guitarist or performer. Also included is an audio CD to reference all of the exercises and music found in the book. A DVD is available, with video demonstrations of every lesson in the book. With 33% more music pages than traditional beginning method books, this is an exceptional value and a solid method that will start you on a path towards a lifetime of music making.

Alfred's Self-Teaching Adult Piano and Basic Guitar Course methods are available in two editions—Book/CD and Book/CD/DVD—and can be found at music retail stores and at alfred.com.