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Piano For Dummies [Paperback]

Blake Neely
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Book Description

Oct. 5 2009 Dummies
The long-awaited update to the bestselling Piano For Dummies-featuring a new audio CD

Have you always wanted to play piano? This revised edition of the popular Piano for Dummies makes it easier and more fun than ever. If you don't know how to read music, this book explains in friendly, uncomplicated language all the basics of music theory and applies it to playing the piano. And if you've been playing piano for a while – or took piano lessons when you were a child but haven't played since – you can pick up some valuable tips to improve your playing or use the book as a refresher course.

This new edition features fresh and updated practice lessons, teaching techniques, and musical examples, as well as a new audio CD with examples for all pieces presented in the book. You get expert information on left- and right-hand piano techniques; playing scales, melodies, harmonies, and chords; and practicing to improve your technique.

  • Everything you need to start playing piano today
  • Plenty of popular musical pieces and songs, with companion audio CD to play along with
  • Instruction in playing various musical styles, from classical and rock to blues and country
  • Blake Neely is an Emmy-nominated composer and accomplished pianist who has composed numerous TV and movie scores

If you've always wanted to tickle the ivories like a pro, Piano For Dummies, 2nd Edition is your ideal resource!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.


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The fun and easy way to learn piano!

Whether you've only ever admired the piano or are looking to rekindle a past hobby, Piano For Dummies, 2nd Edition, gives you everything you need to make beautiful music with confidence and ease. You'll get practical, easy-to-follow guidance on how to read music, keep rhythm, and use your fingers and feet to play tons of popular pieces and songs.

  • Warming up to the keyboard — discover the differences (and similarities) between acoustic and electric keyboards and get tips on finding the keyboard that's right for you

  • Getting sound down on paper — learn the many symbols, lines, and dots that make up written music and understand how they're translated into actual songs

  • One hand at a time — practical guidance on how to play the melodies of well-known songs, starting with just your right hand and gradually inviting your left hand to join the party

  • Living in perfect harmony — find out what harmony is, how it's made, and how you can use it to fill out songs

Open the book and find:

  • Practice lessons, teaching techniques, and examples

  • Ways to make the most of your practice time

  • Tips on how to count rhythms

  • Exercises for playing with your left hand

  • Tricks, techniques, and stylish embellishments to dress up the music you play

  • Scales and chords in major and minor keys

  • Handy accompaniment patterns, intros, and outros

Bonus CD Includes

  • More than 90 recorded performances of the exercises and pieces featured in the book
  • Pieces performed using a count-off, allowing you to play along in time with the music
  • Style samplers featuring riffs in jazz, rock, classical, country, and soul

About the Author

Blake Neely is a composer, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, and pianist who scored an Emmy nomination for his composition of the Everwood main title theme. Since then, Blake has enjoyed a celebrated career of scoring and orchestrating, with credits such as the movie The Wedding Date, the TV series Brothers and Sisters, and the smash Disney movie, Enchanted.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Piano for Dummies - progressive and interactive Jan. 14 2011
By coogur
Format:Paperback
I took piano lessons for 10 years when I was a child and hadn't touched a piano in a long time, ended up skipping some of the material in the first few chapters.
The book is very well written and easy to read and follow. I had some laughs and it was fun following the exercises. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, beginner to advance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! April 8 2014
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Relearning the piano has been a challenge after 20+ years. This book has helped immensely with it. Thanks so much
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5.0 out of 5 stars great for adults March 7 2013
By ecru - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for adults because it covers piano theory quickly. it uses popular pieces to illustrate the theory. i don't really like the music that much, but it really gets the point across, so i see why these songs were selected. Mr. Neely has done an excellent job presenting valuable material and holding my attention till the end. there is also a CD that comes with the book, which is critical to a student trying to learn without benefit of a teacher to play the songs as they are supposed to be played. I purchased and read this book a year ago, when i first started to learn the piano. Now that i have been playing the piano for a year, i can look back and say i am really glad i used this book, because it gave me the background i needed to get thru my first year and beyond.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A theory book but... Aug. 20 2013
By pietro merletti - Published on Amazon.com
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You don't need sit at your piano to enjoy this book. Just read from cover to cover than you can cope with piano for dummies exercises. Good to know everything about the piano, even if you need something else like for dummies exercises to practice.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good instruction for beginners Dec 22 2013
By William Mark Bristow - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a professional pianist and organist of 48 years. A young employee of mine wanted to learn to play and loves to read. I read the book - downloaded on Kindle so I could help. This is a well written, simple instruction of the basics. Say, covering the first two or three years that my small town piano teacher attempted to drum into my thick skull. Written so you may go at your own pace, it seems well done. Though you probably won't be playing Mozart's great and complex pieces, you will have a good idea of what your looking at when you see the music, and the beginning skills to further your musical education. You will have the ability to play simple pieces (several are included in the book). The work itself suggest you further your education and gives practical advice for seeking and choosing an instructor.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Nov. 3 2013
By Sarah Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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I took piano lessons for 7 years, that was 35 years ago. This is a great refresher book for me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shipped me another English language copy with a German CD Feb. 28 2014
By M. Todd - Published on Amazon.com
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I fully explained the problem the first time Amazon shipped me the English language book paired with the German language CD. No one checked the CD to confirm the language so Amazon repeated the error. Amazon is telling me to straighten this out with Wiley Publishing. They're closed for assistance when they say they're open. Not impressed with Amazon or Wiley on this one.
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