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How To Play Popular Piano In 10 Easy Lessons [Paperback]

Norman Monath
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Nov. 28 1984 Book
"Anyone who can dial a telephone can learn to play popular piano quickly and easily."
So says Norman Monath, author of How to Play Popular Piano in 10 Easy Lessons. His no-frills, no-drills method will have you playing simple tunes within 30 minutes -- even if you don't know one note from another.
The secret? Learning the basic chords and how to adapt them. With lots of clearly illustrated chord examples, keyboard diagrams and practice pieces ranging from "Silent Night" to "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," Monath teaches you:
* the basic structure of music
* how to alter the basic chords for creative accompaniment
* how to read tunes from sheet music
* how to improvise
* how to play by ear
* how to create your own playing style -- whether you lean toward pop, blues, jazz or rock
For everyone from rank beginner to experienced virtuoso, this step-by-step, uncomplicated guidebook makes learning to play popular piano the easy and enjoyable experience it should be.

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Sammy Cahn President, Songwriter's Hall of Fame I have "High Hopes" this book can teach you to play -- "All the way" -- and you know you can't "Call Me Irresponsible."

About the Author

Norman Monath has taught piano and has professionally for more than 25 years. He has written numerous songs, some in collaboration with Hal David and Cahn. During his tenure as music editor at Simon and Schuster, he edited the songbooks of Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Burt Bacharach/Hal David, Cole Porter and many others.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Ideal - Look At The Cannell Book May 17 2000
By A Customer
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners Aug. 4 1998
By Herbert
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Pianists Wanting to "Play by Ear" April 8 2003
By A Customer
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pop piano made easy Aug. 31 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising good -- introduction to chording and improvization, and...
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... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Collin C. Carbno
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Easy
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.
Published on Nov. 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hesitate to buy this book!
Concise, fast & easy. But don't ever think you can get away without disciplined studying & memorizing. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2002 by Pat Bishon
1.0 out of 5 stars How to play what?
Nothing here but a load of chords. Try one of those "how to play from fake books", or the "pop piano book" to learn real ideas on rhythm and filling in. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Get a well-qualified piano teacher
If you really want to learn to PLAY (not bang on) the piano, get a well-qualified piano teacher instead of a product like this. Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars It will get you playing!
First, it loses a star (as will any book meant to be placed before an instrument with normal binding) because the binding is wrong. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2002 by COL James D. Bass, Ph.D.
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love this book. I used to wonder how people play the piano and envy them. Now after reading this book I can play several songs and am able to read music notes. Read more
Published on June 27 2002 by Abraman
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, I can play the piano!
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If, like me, you have spent years trying to get somewhere and getting nowhere instead, I found that in just a few sessions I was playing... Read more
Published on April 29 2002 by Peter Edwards
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginner.
I found this book is useless.
The author had a ridiculous idea that you can play piano with only your right thumb. Maybe a highly skilled pianist can. I can't. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2002 by "roosvelt88"
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Starter Book
Truly easy to learn. As an adult of 27, I had never had ANY music or music theory classes. Monath taught me how to read notes and play most chords with ease. Read more
Published on June 19 2001 by David
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