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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Keyboard Workshop (July 31 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912732687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912732688
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan Wickett on June 1 2013
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I bought a copy for a friend. It is a very good refresher and has made it easier for me to play my new digital piano.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Piano playing book succeeds despite itself Oct. 13 2011
By Robin M. Petersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The content of the book is very good, concise, and well thought out. HOWEVER, Amazon should label the items that they self-publish in Lexington Kentucky. This is one of several such Amazon-self-published books that I have ordered. It is not disclosed to you when you order. Some have been very expensive. Without fail the binding, paper quality, graphics, photography, and editing are very subpar in these "on demand" self-published Lexington, Ky books. This is no exception.

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.
52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
A great book that makes learning chords fast, easy and fun Aug. 3 2007
By 49er - Published on Amazon.com
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When you have to learn large number of chords, there are 2 ways to go about it.

- 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.
95 of 102 people found the following review helpful
Exciting Piano Oct. 24 2006
By Ken Mckenzie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I feel like I've died and gone to heaven. Man am I excited and motivated because of this book. I can now play dozens and dozens of tunes and they sound good. I feel like the musical world is at my feet after learning chords. I've learned from this guy in a short period of time what would have taken years going to piano lessons. The book lessons make you understand and be able to apply them to the piano. I have a real good idea about what I'm doing now and have been shown the piano is played with the brain and that once you understand chord relationships, you are off and running musically - and all of a sudden I'm a heck lot better than I thought I could ever be - geeez, I wish something like this was available years ago. The sax had been a hobby most of my life so I could read the melody but had no idea what was going on with the chords. When I reitred I wanted to learn the piano and found there was no shortcut; until, I found this book. I took lessons for a while and had to see a teacher every week and learned maybe two things each time. Never did completely understand, and then drill, after drill after drill - this was going to take years and I didn't have the patience or motivation. The book changes all that and teaches you dozens of chords in a short period of time and you understand them and can use them immediately and the author makes it fun with a humorus real life practical approach. What a wonderful comprehensive tool this is for learning chords and chord progressions.

I can play tunes I never dreamed possible and jazz is fun, I am really stoked, thanks pianoman Shinn.
57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Terry R. Carlisle..."Jazz Drummer" (Roseville, CA) Oct. 25 2006
By Terry R. Carlisle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Man... I've been playing in Jazz Combos for over fifty years, hearing all those tunes, (we call standards) Listening to all those bass lines of songs, keeping rhythm. But I never understood the reason, for all the changes, until I bought this book from Duane Shinn "Piano Chords & Progressions:"

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...
44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Piano Chords and Progressions Sept. 13 2007
By Elizabeth J. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful piano chord music book with one exception, which I consider very important, it doesn't give you any music that goes with the chords. Just learning chords is boring! If it had some music to go with it, even simple songs, it would be more palatable!
Because of this I was very disappointed with the book and am looking for one that has music that goes with the chords.


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