Total Piano: The Ultimate Guide to Learning and Mastering the Piano

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It's one of the most popular instruments ever--at the pinnacle of classical music, as well as a major player in blues, jazz and rock. And now, with the advent of the electronic synthesizer and MIDI-based sampled music, keyboard skills are more important than ever. Whether you're starting from scratch, or took now-forgotten piano lessons as a child, this is the idea guide for developing your talent. It's a self-contained audio-visual course, filled with easy-to-follow exercises that increase in complexity along with your ability. Over 1000 computer-generated samples of music, from classical to pop to heavy metal, appear diagrammatically, many of which you can listen to on the accompanying CD. The disc also has karaoke-style backing tracks so you can improvise over them. By the end of the lessons, you will have a thorough grasp of fundamental keyboard theory and skills--enough to work your way through several demanding classical and jazz solos...also included.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760734872
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introducting the Plano
How to use this Book 6
The Plano and its Ancestors 8
How the Plano Works 12
Electronic Keyboards 14
The Great Planists 16
Part 2 Playing the Plano
Getting Prepared 24
Reading Music 28
Lesson 1 Getting to Know the Right Hand 32
Lesson 2 Understanding Timing and Rhythm 42
Lesson 3 Simple Polyphony 52
Lesson 4 Intervals and Major Scales 66
Lesson 5 Triads and Minor Scales 82
Lesson 6 Advanced Chords 98
Lesson 7 Performance 112
Lesson 8 And Finally 124
Part 3 Informal Playing
Playing Without Music 154
Chords in A 158
Chords in B[flat] (A[sharp]) 160
Chords in B 162
Chords in C 164
Chords in C[sharp] (D[flat]) 166
Chords in D 168
Chords in E[flat] (D[sharp]) 170
Chords in E 172
Chords in F 174
Chords in F[sharp] (G[flat]) 176
Chords in G 178
Chords in A[flat] (G[sharp]) 180
Glossary 182
Index 186
Acknowledgments and Credits 192
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