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How To Play Popular Piano In 10 Easy Lessons Paperback – Nov 28 1984

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  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (Nov. 28 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671530674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671530679
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
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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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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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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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At first a true beginner would be suckered into thinking he/she would be able to play popular very quickly with this book, but that isn't true. A beginner should not use a book to learn how to play piano. A teacher is what you need. The problem with learning through this book is that it doesn't tell you when you need to practice or how to play specifically and the fact that it goes right into chords and songs that use a lot of black keys. The first 50 pages or so are easy enough but after that it is frustrating. The melodies given are in some ridiculous keys for a beginner. And with no references to what fingers to use someone with no experience would end up with a mess. Still it is a good read but not a teaching manual. 3 stars for a beginner.. on the OTHER HAND
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.
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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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