Piano Chords & Progressions:: The Secret Backdoor to Exciting Piano Playing! Paperback – Jul 31 2006
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Duane Shinn is the owner of PlayPiano.com which offers over 300 piano lesson courses in piano playing, chords, and music theory. He holds an advanced degree from Southern Oregon University.
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It is not a "music book" that you can use on your piano stand since it is trade paperback size and won't stay open, even if it were of the quality of a normal publishing house book. Content close to 5 stars. Quality of paper and printing, only a 1.5 stars.
- Learn each without understanding the relationships between them. You can certainly do it but it takes longer and it is not fun.
- Learn the simple rules that relates these chords and you can learn whole groups of them. It is lot easier to remember the simple rules than remember notes for each chords.
This book breaks the vast number of piano chords in to well defined groups and explains the simple rules that allow student to move from one group to the other. The rules are explained very simply in lay man terms and not using musical jargon that some other books tend to do. Even with in a given chord group, the author suggests very clever ordering (i.e. Do chords with all white keys first, follow that by chords with white on the outside and black on the inside etc) that is very intuitive, easy to remember and fun.
The book assumes some basic music scale knowledge so it may not be for beginners. It was perfect for me and my 2 young sons who already knew major and minor scales and some chords. The book gave us a clear structure to proceed that was even better than a live instructor. It was so good to see the twinkle in the eyes and the Ahaa coming out of my 7 year old son when I was teaching him from this book. It was even better to see him make rapid progress in learning chords based on the simple rules.
The binding and paper quality of the book does not make justice to the excellent way the information is presented with in.
I have bought many books in the hopes of learning chords quickly. None of them came close to this book. Highly recommended.
I can play tunes I never dreamed possible and jazz is fun, I am really stoked, thanks pianoman Shinn.
Now I understand just how important a I, IV, V chord progression is!
It is used in playing Blues, all the time!!!
I've been playing those progressions all this time and did not realize how music was structured?
Duane Shinns' book makes it very easy to understand why music sounds the way it does and how you move from one key to another. Even though I don't read music while playing drums, I have been known as a musical drummer, because I listen to where the sidemen are going with a song and anticipate where changes are made. This book explains that!
As a mater of fact, since reading and using this book, I can now sit in on piano and play blues and a few songs. People think I can play piano too. This is a great book! Thanks Duane Shinn...
Because of this I was very disappointed with the book and am looking for one that has music that goes with the chords.