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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (Oct. 5 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470496444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470496442
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

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 By coogur on Jan. 14 2011
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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By Sandra Dyer on 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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By sarah edwards on Jan. 21 2015
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Great product, fast shipping. Very happy customer!
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