How to Play Piano: Everything You Need to Know to Play the Piano

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Learning to play the piano has never been easier. With easy-to-follow illustrations and fun practice pieces, this comprehensive step-by-step guide will have students well on your way to playing the music of your choice—even if they've never played a musical instrument. How to Play Piano covers basics like:

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Overview

Learning to play the piano has never been easier. With easy-to-follow illustrations and fun practice pieces, this comprehensive step-by-step guide will have students well on your way to playing the music of your choice—even if they've never played a musical instrument. How to Play Piano covers basics like:

  • Choosing the right piano
  • Reading music
  • Positioning fingers properly
  • Playing chords and runs of notes
  • Developing effective practice techniques and much more

Practice pieces range from "Ode to Joy" and "Yellow Rose of Texas" to "Yankee Doodle," making learning simple, fast and enjoyable.

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...the book for people who really want to learn, for people who are not afraid of starting right from scratch...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312287085
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 302,240
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Evans has helped nearly half a million readers learn to play an instrument on their own. His other books include How to Play Guitar and How to Play Keyboards.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
About the Piano 8
How a piano works 10
Checking your piano 12
Having your piano tuned 13
Finding a good piano tuner 13
Taking care of your piano 14
The best place for your piano 16
Moving a piano 16
Buying a piano 17
Starting to play 23
Playing with a beat 27
Starting to play tunes 28
Playing with all your fingers 31
Training your fingers 32
How to practise 35
Starting to read music 36
Starting to play chords 43
More about music
Time Signatures 46
Dotted Notes 46
Tied Notes and Slurs 47
More interesting left-hand parts 48
Rests 54
More notes to play 56
Are you playing correctly? 57
Notes for both hands 58
More advanced music
Eighth Notes and Sixteenth Notes 62
Dotted Quarter Notes and Eighth Notes 62
Eighth Note and Sixteenth Note Rests 63
Playing runs of notes 70
Notes on the Black Keys
Sharps ([musicl sharp]) 76
Flats ([muscial flat]) 80
Natural Signs ([musical natural]) 81
Music in different Keys
Key Signatures 86
How to become a better pianist 96
Learning to play new music 99
How to read Sheet Music 100
Playing to an audience 102
Note Directory 103
Music in this book 104
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