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How To Play Popular Piano In 10 Easy Lessons Paperback – Nov 28 1984
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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."
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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.See all Product Description
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For an intermediate player with a grasp of most scales and able to read notes and not spend 3 seconds pondering where to press, this book is an efficent book. An intermediate player would chuck out the first part since they know it and go right into the chord guide and beyond; gaining knowlege. An intermidiate player would know when and how to practice and be able to play with correct fingering, play different keys without too much trouble. At the end of the day improve their piano skills without too much frustration. 4.5 stars for an intermediate player interested in playing popular styles.
I do not recommend this book for learning the piano but as a reference book for beginners. Useful for an intermediate player though. An advanced player would be beyond this book.
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.Read more ›
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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... Read morePublished on May 14 2013 by Collin C. Carbno
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.
While this title is somewhat dated (1984) it represents one of the best pop piano tutorials presently in print. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2003 by J. Janssen
Concise, fast & easy. But don't ever think you can get away without disciplined studying & memorizing. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2002 by Pat Bishon
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 morePublished on Aug. 30 2002
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