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Piano For Dummies, Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction, 3rd Edition

Piano For Dummies, Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction, 3rd Edition

Hal Leonard Corp., Adam Perlmutter

ISBN: 978-1-118-90006-2

Sep 2014

384 pages

$16.99

Description

Play the piano today with an easy-to-use instruction set!

Piano For Dummies, 3rd Edition is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking fundamental piano instruction. Whether you're brand new to the piano or have been at it awhile, Piano For Dummies will soon have you tickling the ivories like a pro! This book contains all the information you need to start playing today, including clear instruction and supplementary materials. Learn different musical styles, like classical, rock, blues, and country, and how to find the perfect teacher should you decide to expand your instruction.

With the widest tonal range of any instrument, the piano is versatile enough to produce melody and accompaniment at the same time. This standout feature is also what makes mastering the piano such a complex affair. Piano For Dummies, 3rd Edition breaks it down into simple, easy-to-follow instruction, written in the characteristically accessible Dummies style. For the beginner, the book serves as a complete introductory course. For the more advanced player, it becomes a handy reference to keep around for periodic refreshers. Topics include:

  • Finding the perfect keyboard, and caring for your piano
  • The intricacies of reading music, including notes, rhythm, and change-ups
  • Melody, harmony, and the building blocks of sound
  • The role of individual technique, and finding your own groove

The book also includes advice on practicing efficiently and improving your performance, as well as tips on how to pursue more advanced experiences. A great piano player is always the life of the party, and in high demand. If you're looking to become one with the "88," Piano For Dummies, 3rd Edition is the resource you want!

Introduction  1

Part I: Getting Started with Piano  5

Chapter 1: Preparing to Play a Piano  7

Chapter 2: Meeting the Keyboard Family  17

Chapter 3: Finding the Per fect Keyboard  29

Chapter 4: Taking Good Care of Your Keyboard  51

Chapter 5: Eighty-Eight Keys, Three Pedals, Ten Fingers, and Two Feet  59

Part II: Deciphering Squiggles on Paper to Create Sound  75

Chapter 6: Reading Lines and Spaces  77

Chapter 7: Joining the Rhythm Nation  91

Chapter 8: Changing the Beaten Path  113

Part III: One Hand at a Time  133

Chapter 9: Playing a Melody  135

Chapter 10: Scaling to New Heights  153

Chapter 11: Hey, Don’t Forget Lefty!  169

Part IV: Living in Perfect Harmony  193

Chapter 12: The Building Blocks of Harmony  195

Chapter 13: Understanding Keys  215

Chapter 14: Filling Out Your Sound with Chords  229

Part V: Technique Counts for Everything  249

Chapter 15: Dressing Up Your Music  251

Chapter 16: Great Grooves  275

Chapter 17: Perusing the Aisle of Style  297

Part VI: The Part of Tens  321

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Improve Your Practice and Performance  323

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Supplement This Book  327

Chapter 20: Ten Questions to Ask Prospective Teachers  341

Appendix: About the Website: Audio Tracks and Video Clips  347

Index  353