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  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (Nov. 28 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671530674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671530679
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 27.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17 2000
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There seem to be two main ways of teaching the piano. In the first, one grinds along like a junior typist learning which keys to strike in response to printed music. The sheet music starts easy and gets harder. One's brain and fingers get better at working together. When one is pretty good at pounding out notes in pretty hard compositions, one is considered a pretty good piano player.
The other way of teaching focuses on learning chords and music theory. The idea here seems to be that, if one has the theory, one can figure out where to place one's fingers. So, one learns a melody and then, using music theory or a fake books adds chords. After a little practice, the devotees of this method argue, one can actually make music, i.e. play tunes that you like and make them sound good, though not necessarily the way they are written on sheet music.
Both approaches have problems. The first is drudgery, and if one really wants to make music, you have to engage in this drudgery for years. The second requires, but doesn't teach or encourage, a great deal of facility hitting the right keys. It's very fun to know how music is put together and how one might play it. Yet it is very frustrating not to have developed the physical coordination to actually do it.
The Monath book uses the second approach. It is a delightful introduction to music theory, chords, scales, and how music is put together. Like many of the books that follow the second approach, the style verges on the messianic. Yes, one starts playing songs almost immediately. Unfortunately, without a good deal of practice, those first songs might take an hour or so to pick through.
If you have some facility on the keyboard, this might be a very helpful book.
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Nothing ever going to teach you to be a piano pro in 10 easy lessons, but this book covers a lot of ground in 10 lessons, and I recommend it for beginners and more advanced students. For anyone wanting to get into playing by ear, playing by chord, improvisation there is a lot in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8 2003
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Having taught piano the "traditional" way for 20 years, I bought this book for a student who already played by music but wanted to learn to play off a chord sheet (used a great deal by Christian Praise Bands). Mr. Monath uses very clear terms to describe how to play on the piano basic chords found in most fake books. I have too often found that the pianist who learns by using a traditional piano course method, can't play basic chords or play by ear. This book gives examples of songs to try to play using the right hand melody line and chords. I wouldn't recommend this book for someone who doesn't read music at all, but for anyone who's had traditional piano lessons and can play basic right hand melodies, it's a great way to learn to play chords and fill in from fake books or praise music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Herbert on Aug. 4 1998
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For the beginner, this book is excellent. I have looked at many piano books when I first began playing, and most of them were usually too complicated, or too simplistic. This book, however, was one that fell right in the middle and helped me understand all kinds of important ideas in music, such as harmony and melody, building chords and scales (and understanding HOW), reading music, how to understand progressions, and how to play by ear and improvise. It is certainly geared toward getting you "up and playing" in the simplest, fastest way, at a moderate pace, with a good depth of information that does not get overwhelming. Because of this, this book is probably suited much more for the person who has no music experience and wants to learn the basics of how to play out of fake books and begin improvising. It is probably not good for those who want in-depth and more advanced theory of music, but it is an excellent book to use as a stepping stone toward more adva! nced piano study. This is a must have book for any beginnger.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 27 1999
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This book is very good for the person who knows the songs. Now I am a foreign student who wants to learn to play the piano/keyboard, because of interest in Western music. All the songs in the book are totally unfamiliar to me. I know I am in the minority, but I will certainly appreciate it if the publishers include a audio cassette/CD which has the songs in it. Like those programming books which have the source on the CD-ROM. My keyboard has some songs in-built but I don't know how "Silent night..." should sound, so I am stuck at the very first song. Otherwise the approach in the book is good.
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By A Customer on Nov. 30 2003
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I never played a instrument before. But after reading this book I am playing after the 3rd lesson. Piano is now easy.
Anyone wanting to learn to play quick buy this book.
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By J. Janssen on Aug. 31 2003
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While this title is somewhat dated (1984) it represents one of the best pop piano tutorials presently in print. The author clarifies early on the purpose of the book and delivers the rudiments of treble clef plus chord playing styles. As the author properly notes, this book will do nothing toward developing a classical repertoire but will allow the student (assuming the requisite practice) to play numerous pop/jazz standards from fakebooks or sheet music.
Authors of this genre tend to avoid music theory like the plague and this book is no exception. By including just a little more information on note/finger selection Mr. Monath could have put the student in a much better position to avoid the often alluded to "bad habits" critics of these books are quick to mention. However, it's still a very good and accesible book that will have the student playing with confidence by the end of Chapter 3.
I would also recommend purchasing a book such as "Total Piano" by Terry Burrows. Not only does this book fill in some of the theory/technique missing from "..Play Pop Piano in 10 Lessons..", but it does so along with easy classical pieces and historical information that is entertaining in a much more polished package. Buy both!
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