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Piano For Dummies
     

Piano For Dummies

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by Blake Neely
 

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The fun and easy way to learn piano!

Whether you've only ever admired the piano or are looking to rekindle a past hobby, Piano For Dummies, 2nd Edition, gives you everything you need to make beautiful music with confidence and ease. You'll get practical, easy-to-follow guidance on how to read music, keep rhythm, and use your fingers and feet to play tons

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The fun and easy way to learn piano!

Whether you've only ever admired the piano or are looking to rekindle a past hobby, Piano For Dummies, 2nd Edition, gives you everything you need to make beautiful music with confidence and ease. You'll get practical, easy-to-follow guidance on how to read music, keep rhythm, and use your fingers and feet to play tons of popular pieces and songs.

  • Warming up to the keyboard — discover the differences (and similarities) between acoustic and electric keyboards and get tips on finding the keyboard that's right for you
  • Getting sound down on paper — learn the many symbols, lines, and dots that make up written music and understand how they're translated into actual songs
  • One hand at a time — practical guidance on how to play the melodies of well-known songs, starting with just your right hand and gradually inviting your left hand to join the party
  • Living in perfect harmony — find out what harmony is, how it's made, and how you can use it to fill out songs

Open the book and find:

  • Practice lessons, teaching techniques, and examples
  • Ways to make the most of your practice time
  • Tips on how to count rhythms
  • Exercises for playing with your left hand
  • Tricks, techniques, and stylish embellishments to dress up the music you play
  • Scales and chords in major and minor keys
  • Handy accompaniment patterns, intros, and outros

Bonus CD Includes

  • More than 90 recorded performances of the exercises and pieces featured in the book
  • Pieces performed using a count-off, allowing you to play along in time with the music
  • Style samplers featuring riffs in jazz, rock, classical, country, and soul

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Instruct: to provide with knowledge, especially in a methodical way. That is, in fact, what Phillips and Chappel of Cherry Lane Music do in this logical, pedagogic introduction to keyboard instruments, music theory, and piano technique. The chapter on the famous--or is it infamous?--"Part of Tens" includes information about past and present masters of the instrument, ways of expanding your interest beyond the scope of the book, and tips on finding a teacher. Printed musical examples are plentiful, and an accompanying audio CD is included. This book intends to be fun and funny and succeeds in a vaudeville sort of way. Students are encouraged "to continue to seek knowledge about your instrument long after you tire of the jokes" and told that "piano teachers and method books shouldn't be forsaken forever." The do-it-yourself phenomenon has made the "Dummies" books very popular. This one is particularly appropriate for school media and public libraries.--Janet Brewer, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470496442
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/28/2009
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Blake Neely has been playing piano since he was about 4 years old, although it took a while before real audible music could be detected. His fascination with music led him to other instruments, such as the French horn, guitar, and drums, but the keyboard remains his baby.

Upon graduation from the University of Texas in 1991, he moved to Los Angeles to experience the music business. He licensed music for Hollywood Records and later worked for Disney Music Publishing as editor of all printed music publications.

An award-winning composer and author, he has written symphonies, a piano concerto, and numerous orchestral and chamber works. He is co-author of the acclaimed FastTrack series, published by Hal Leonard Corporation.

Blake has worked as a composer, orchestrator, arranger, copyist, engraver, musicologist, and consultant for such prominent figures as Disney, Hal Leonard Corporation, Decca Records, Hyperion Books, composers Michael Kamen and Alan Menken, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

Currently living in Austin, Texas, Blake spends his free time tuning into his family: wife Elizabeth, daughter Jordan, and son Jacob. Blake is the proud owner of a Kawai grand piano and Kurzweil, Ensoniq, and E-Mu synths and samplers. You can reach Blake via e-mail at BlakeNeely@aol.com.

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Piano For Dummies 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the age of 67, I decided to buy a piano. I had lessons as a child but never had the patience or inclination to study it or take it seriously. This book is fantastic. Easy to read, very humorous and in four chapters I learned things I had never been taught in lessons. Well worth the price of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this piano book so much,it showed me some fun tricks,like the trills?I love the trills!And the auther is so humerous!I seek fancy handwork in my love for piano,not because every well brought up girl should know her notes. My piano is like my best friend,my right hand,everyone should see their piano that way.
Explorersam2 More than 1 year ago
I picked up a keyboard for my 60th Birthday and signed up for once a week group lessons. I bought the book as a companion to the lessons, and found that it was excellent in filling in materials not covered in the short lessons. The information is presented in a fun, easy to use fashion, and I'm thrilled with the purchase.
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Looks cool EXPENSIVE i proably wont buy it
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Funny
GaryinDC More than 1 year ago
I am a beginning piano student. Given the many resources available on the internet (and now through apps), I was hoping for some really helpful recommendations to help me separate the good ones from the bad ones. However,the section on "Exploring Piano Sites on the Web" listed only four websites! With this pathetic "effort," the result is that I will just have to do Google searches myself to find some good websites. It would have been so easy to make this section good, but for whatever reason, Mr. Neeley chose not to. (P.S. MR. Neeley, if you feel like responding to this and adding some website recommendations, feel free.)