The Piano Handbook: A Complete Guide for Mastering Piano Spiral-bound – Dec 1 2002
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Carl Humphries is a pianist, composer, and music journalist. He studied piano and composition in London, Turin, and Berlin, and has performed at some of the most prestigious classical and jazz venues in the UK. His workshops and lecture/recitals are in demand at music academies and university music departments throughout Europe and in the US.
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I'm still near the start of this book, as I'm only working on song #15, but I'm having a good time with it. I've found that even the simpler songs in here are interesting. And I've learned more about reading music in a few weeks with this book than nearly a year with the software program. I highly recommend this book.
Also, Humphries shows how these recent styles are related to their influences, including "classical" composers like Debussy and Schoenberg, without making the styles seem like lesser entities of their "legit" ancestors. Now I can start giving my students this book, instead of continuing to promise them that I'll get my book done--and then not delivering for God knows how many years.
My critiques of this book are that I wish there had been more emphasis on ear training, application of jazz voicings and structures and improvisation. There is a CD included, which I love, of all the written material in the text. But while Mr. Humphries does write that ear training is vital, there is little in the text to work with. I have my own approach to this, so it's okay, but I'd love to see it in his book because not only was it the original way to communicate music, it is also the more effective. Don't get me wrong; I am into the whole sight reading thing, but it is so limited in conveying emotion and "feel" that you can get from learning music by ear.Read more ›
Generally, you really, really should try to get a teacher. But if you just can't afford it, this book is the next best thing. Combine it with a few videos/DVDs (like the "Van Cliburn competition" - YES!, or even buy "The Pianist" or "Shine" right here on Amazon) so you can get an idea of how pianists hold and move their hands. (not that you'll move like these people for a long while!).
There is a crazy typographical error in my edition of the book, where an entire paragraph is repeated! This is only a little sad, because the space could have been put to use for more of the author's great information. It's not enough to drop my rating! The binding (at least in my edition) is spiral - a VERY SMART move, as it sits nicely on the music desk.Read more ›
In a nutshell: if you're a piano newbie like me (I have played guitar since I was 13) and unless you can get a very good personal teacher (and I hope you know already that just because someone can play a piano does't mean they can teach you how to play, trust me on that one) this is the second best thing that can happen to you. Get this book - you won't regret it.
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The explanations are vague and confusing. I honestly cannot recommend this to anyone. people who recommened this book must be relatives or associates of the author.Published 8 months ago by geun joo lee
The best piano book on the market. You can UNDERSTAND piano. Not like almost every other book: "play this and don't ask questions"Published 15 months ago by Pascale
This is a very nicely put together book, but you cannot learn to play the piano on your own..... Seriously.Published 21 months ago by Francois Belair
Great at first, fantastic. but it doesnt teach you the proper positions (i had to google it)
then on the 5th or so song (maybe a bit more) which was about 1 month in
the... Read more
I like the book as it's very thorough and is spiral bound so sits nicely on the piano, but it's not for the true beginner. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2013 by sudsybubble
This book is confusing. If you dont know how to read music. You will be lost. I had a friend who was a concert pianist to come over and help me get started. Read morePublished on April 16 2013 by Shelley Schafer
Having largely given up on learning piano as a child, my playing skills were pretty poor. I was interested in learning how to play, but my enjoyment of piano music is largely on... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2013 by Nicholas Armstrong
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