The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing the Piano and Electronic Keyboards

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing the Piano and Electronic Keyboards

eBook - 1998
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Penguin Putnam

Learn to play the piano with this easy-to-follow guide Ever wanted to play the piano but thought it looked too hard? This book will open the door to your musical side, introducing the basics of playing all variety of pianos and electronic keyboards. Using simple exercises and a sampling of popular songs in a range of styles, this book teaches the beginner who has never played or read music how to do both with proficiency. Witty sidebars and abundant illustrations make this book a fun read and the perfect "user-friendly" reference for the child or adult beginning keyboard player. Z Features examples in all styles of playing, from classical to rock and jazz Z Includes checklists of popular books, instructional material, and piano makers Brad Hill is a well-known music author and keyboardist. His books include The Virtual Musician, Going Digital (Schirmer Books) and Internet for Dummies. As a pianist, he has worked as a lounge player and has made two CDs of his own music, written for film and radio, and has performed as a soloist.

Baker & Taylor
Presents basic lessons in reading music notation, advice on how to select an instrument, and details how to find your way around the keyboard

Publisher: New York : Alpha Books, c1998
ISBN: 9780585056906
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 233 p.) : ill


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Jan 29, 2016

The advantage of "Idiot's Guide" and "for Dummies" series is that they assume NO prior knowledge on the reader's part. Usually that means that no important information or steps are missed through assumption. This volume does a good job of introducing both pianos and electric keyboards along with the rudiments of music notation and keyboard playing.

The book is certainly helpful for those teens and adults just beginning their keyboard experience. I found the chapter on practicing especially helpful.

I didn't find the material hampered by its 1998 publication date. the book doesn't intend to deliver detailed synthesizer, midi, or recording information.

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