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How to Play Piano: Everything You Need to Know to Play the Piano Paperback – Jul 15 1981

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (July 15 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312396015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312396015
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,334,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the book for people who really want to learn, for people who are not afraid of starting right from scratch..." -- Jazz Now --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About 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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Every year, more and more people discover how much fun it is to make their own music at home, and every year more and more people start to play the piano. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Person on Feb. 22 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is good for anyone who has any knowledge of reading music. It focuses on the piano playing part more than on the music reading part. It is a good basic book at a basic price. If you have no musical experience, I would recomend something that is more in depth and moves at a slower pace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Bell on Dec 13 1999
Format: Paperback
As a beginner, I find that I need a piano book that is multimedia in scope that is, a book that has text, graphics, and sound. This book lacks sound. I need sound. I am a beginner at the piano, I do not no all the tunes and notes in this book. The book has notes I feel I could learn if this book had sound along with the text and graphics. I also find the book is to fast for me. The book expects me to be using both hands to early, the notes, chords, tieds and tunes without the accompaniment of sound. Not good for me!
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
a concise well written book for the beginner Feb. 12 2005
By P. Tseng - Published on
Format: Paperback
I had no prior experience with music playing (other than blowing some simple tunes from a harmonica) and, yet, I found this

book to be surprisingly easy to learn from. It smoothly and concisely guides the reader through the key elements of piano playing, starting with one-hand playing, but quickly to two-hands, then chords, etc., and ending with sharp and flat notes. It is well organized, has well thought out exercises, advices, and a diverse collection of (short) attractive tunes of increasing complexity (from Jingle Bells to Waltzing Matilda to Silent Night to Green Sleeves to We Shall Overcome to Minuet in G Minor). I prefer it to other teach-yourself piano books that take much longer to cover the same skills, such as The Complete Piano Player or Piano for Dummies. I particularly like that it gets to two-hand playing almost right away, which I feel is better preparation--even if it feels hard and slows the playing initially. It may have helped (coordination-wise) that I have been typing for 20+ years with both hands. If you are looking for a book that teaches all the essentials of basic piano playing in a thoughtful and concise way, then I recommend this book.

If you perfer a slower pace, then maybe look elsewhere.

For me, this was the perfect book to learn from.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Roger Evans enables older beginners to play piano Aug. 10 2006
By Charlotte L. Wohlenberg - Published on
Format: Paperback
Roger Evans, in his most insightful book, "How to Play Piano" (1981 St. Martin's Press) brings to the older beginner the satisfaction of playing the piano in both the treble and bass cleffs.

Soon the student learns to coordinate both his left and right hands to play a number of wisely selected melodies, first in the key of C, then in the key of G Major with one sharp followed by key of Fmaj with the first flat B.

Next Roger introduces three flats in the key of E flat major. By this time, and with practice, we find that we have stepwise

mastered three of the common key signatures. That is why I rate his book at the five star top evaluation. Those of us who have not been taught as a child, thank you very much, Roger Evans.

My very best wishes,

Don W

Don Wohlenberg
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book. June 9 2007
By Peter Malenkovic - Published on
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The book is short and to-the-point, giving a novice an easy-to-read primer on the basics of playing, as well as an intro to reading music. I recommend it highly to anyone who is just starting out.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I can't believe I can play the piano so easily! April 21 2008
By Rhonda G. - Published on
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I'm a busy mom who is really short on time, and yet after reading the first 40 pages of this book, I'm playing 6 songs. . . such as Jingle Bells, Skip to My Lou, Go tell and Rhody, and Beethoven's Ode to Joy. I'm playing two handed at this point, and with very little practicing (again, no time). I have not purchased any other "how to play the piano" books, and don't feel I need to. This book is great!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
everything you need to know to play the piano Oct. 2 2010
By James Clevenger - Published on
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for those wishing to learn the basics of piano this could be the book for you. this book will take you from a complete beginner with no musical knowledge, to someone that can read and play music with both hands, play eighth and sixteenth notes, play the sharp and flat keys, play runs of notes and the many included practice tunes, and at the same time be prepared with the required skill set to pursue a particular style of piano playing whether it be jazz, swing, etc.

thank you roger evans