Ryan Kolodziej (piano teacher, Canada)

I used to use Bastien and Alfred’s methods, which are both similar in the way that they incorporate fixed hand positions and an “accelerated” style of learning which I would have to supplement with other exercises to encourage musicality and correct technique. In a year, all of my beginners who started with Tales have an understanding of legato vs. non-legato playing, staccato, playing with relaxed arms and wrists, and their ability to read notes is more consistent, even from the first reading of a piece. They have made wonderful progress in “Tales” learning more about nuanced playing than they would have with the other methods I have used

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