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How to Play from a Fake Book Paperback – May 30 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 1 edition (Jan. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634002066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634002069
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.6 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blake Neely is a Hal Leonard author.


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I am an adult who used fake books extensively as a teenager when I played an accordion in a small combo. Now, (much, much later), I am trying to learn how to play an electronic keyboard competently - with both hands, and Blake Neely's book has become a very valuable addition to my library. I knew how to use a fake book and play melodies with my right hand, but how to play a tune and have it sound nice on a piano (or in my case, a Yamaha PSR540 keyboard)??? In this book, I found the answer. It starts out with a very simple left hand accompaniment - just play the root of the chord. It then continues to build up competence, step-by-step: add a fifth to the root; next learn the composition of a major chord and play the whole chord; learn about chord inversions and how to play them; learn minor chords and their inversions; learn how to easily switch from one chord to another without having to jump all over the keyboard; learn left-hand options that extend beyond simply playing the full block chord, that is, use a two-part chord, alternate the root and fifth in playing the two-part chord, play the chord as an arpeggio.
Throughout all these lessons, songs are provided to try things out and the chosen songs do, indeed, sound great using the technique explained in the lessons. While learning to play from a single line of music, the songs will show both the treble and bass clef so you can see what your left-hand should be doing. It then will provide some songs with just the treble clef to see if you can do it yourself.
Of course, you, the student, have to take the time to learn these chords. The book shows you what they are, but you have to do your homework -- it will take a great deal of practice for most players to see a chord and instantly be able to finger that chord on the keyboard.
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I took piano lessons for 5+ years and in elementary/junior high. I never had the least idea how to make any chord, except by reading the notes. I never knew why one chord was called a G and another was a C7. (Possibly my teachers tried to tell me, and I was not paying attention -- I wasn't the most attentive student.) I started recently trying to play keyboard and I bought one of those little books that shows every chord and its inversions. Very time consuming to look up and try to memorize each chord! But after reading this book and "How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons" I can actually sit down and play any major chord, and figure out any minor, diminished, augmented, and 7th. There is actually a rhyme and reason behind it all! Who knew?! I'm having a lot of fun with these books, although I can't say I'm ready to play for an audience.
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This is of the best, most clearly explained books ever written on practical music theory as applies to piano. It teaches, without the use of extensive diatonic charts, the principles of chord composition for all chords in all keys. It does not dumb down theory, rather it explains it in its true form, which is in fact simple. It is a great way for a non-paino playing musician to learn piano.
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This is a really good book and excellent starting point for someone who wants to learn to play the piano but does NOT want to learn to be a concert classical piano player. It is a great companion book to use along with Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Lesson 1.
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Very practical. Some music theory required. Definitely is good to learn from. Practising these lessons using other songs from fake books would help to master the techniques in this book.
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Haven't advanced very far in this book but it is already worth the money. Purchased " Praise and Worship" fake book and this book is very helpful in playing the songs in it.
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