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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2003
I bought several books on learning the piano at the same time. I found this book to be the least useful. As several other reviewers mentioned, the author's sense of humor is pathetic and he tries to throw in a "zinger" every other paragraph. "Thats's right, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, pengiums and parakeets...". Believe me. I not exaggerating on this. I cringed at almost every one of the author's attempts to be humorous. However, this was not enough to discourage me from continuing to read the book. That occurred after having to read over 50 pages before the author presented the first exercise. An excercise that it does not use a middle C hand position, requires you to move your hand, does not indicate which fingers to use for which keys, etc. After looking at this first exercise, I decided not to continue. I suspect that the author has never taught a single piano lession.
I also picked up two books called "Total Piano" and "Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course" both of which I've found quite good so far. If you have a digital piano with a MIDI interface, check out "Teach Me Piano". I've been using it for a few days now, I can't say enough good things about this piece of software.
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on March 17, 2000
This book is aimed at the LOWEST possible common demoninator. I certainly won't be purchasing any more dummies books. Filled with pathetic one-liners and bad analogies, any useful content is obliterated by forced gags and the consistent ending of every paragraph with a bad pun. This is not only the worst edited book I've ever seen, but it also failed to introduce all musical notation before presenting it on a score, leaving me wondering what I'm supposed to do when I reached certain symbols (ie: the rest symbol). Not reccomended at all.
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on January 12, 2002
I wish they had a zero star rating, but I was forced to give at least one star. This book is overly lengthy, boring, condescending, and not even appropriate for a five year old. I wish I could send mine back.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2003
I tried to read this book. I really did try, but I gave up on page 52 because I couldn't take Mr. Neely's pathetic attempts at being amusing. He seems to feel that he has to be 'cute' because a straight book on playing the piano wouldn't be interesting enough. Or perhaps he didn't have enough to say and had to pad the book somehow. The one bright spot is that I took this book out of the library instead of wasting money on it.
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