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Teach Yourself Visually Piano: (Teach Yourself Visually)

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More than 20 million Americans play the piano, making it the country’ s most popular instrument. This information-packed guide covers all the basics of reading music and playing the piano. It features full-color photographs that demonstrate the principles and techniques, progressing from playing basic notes to common chords to intermediate skills. Step-by-step text instructions accompany each photograph. It’ s perfect for piano students, people who want to learn to play a few songs, and adults who played as children and want to play it again!

Mary Sue Taylor (Roswell, GA) has filled her share of musical requests, having played piano in the Atlanta area since 1954. Over the years, she’ s dusted the keys of nearly every piano in town, from formal society clubs to dim, smoke-filled jazz bars to the hottest house parties. She has taught beginning piano, jazz, improvisation, chord study, and other related topics to a diverse array of students for five decades. Tere Stouffer (Knoxville, TN) is a freelance writer and editor whose published books include Marathon Training For Dummies (0-7645-2510-7).

Synopsis:

"Teach Yourself VISUALLY Piano replaces the MaranGraphics version of the same title, which is no longer available. The piano is one of the most popular musical instruments played. Every style of music, from classical and country to rock and blues, can be played on the piano. "Teach Yourself VISUALLY Piano will be a valuable resource to a wide range of readers from people who want to learn how to play a few songs to those who played as children and want to pick up the hobby again as adults. This information-packed guide will cover all the basics of playing the piano and reading music. The book will also explain about what to look for when purchasing a piano or piano accessories. "Teach Yourself VISUALLY Piano will feature full-color photographs of the techniques being covered, from playing basic notes to performing intermediate techniques, along with clear, step-by-step instructions.

Synopsis:

Want to go beyond "Chopsticks?" This visual guide to tickling the ivories will show you the way. By Chapter 2, you'll be playing simple pieces and practicing scales. You'll progress from getting familiar with notes, symbols, and keys to playing basic chords and reading music like a pro. Without getting bogged down in boring theory, you'll learn what you need to know and enjoy playing as you go! Whether you like Bach or rock, jazz or country, golden oldies or new age, you'll love learning to play the fun, visual way.

Concise two-page lessons show you all the crucial skills and are ideal for quick review

  • Each skill, chord, or technique is clearly described
  • Concise and understandable instructions accompany each photo
  • Detailed color photos demonstrate proper fingering technique
  • Helpful tips provide additional guidance

About the Author

Mary Sue Taylor has taught beginning piano, jazz, improvisation, chord study, and other related topics to a diverse array of students since 1956. She has also filled her share of musical requests, having played piano in the Atlanta area since 1954. Over the years, she has dusted the keys of nearly every piano in the Atlanta area, from formal society clubs to dim, smoke-filled jazz bars to the hottest house parties. She lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband, Jimmy.

Tere Stouffer is a freelance author and editor who has now broken into the double digits—this is her tenth book. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with her chocolate Lab, Maxine, who kept her feet warm on many a late winter night spent working on this manuscript.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Piano.

The History of the Piano.

The Sounding Board.

Pedals.

The Keyboard.

Playing Position, Posture, and Hand Position.

Chapter 2: Reading Music and Playing Notes.

The Staff.

Notes on the Staff.

Sharps, Flats, and Naturals.

Key Signature and Time Signature.

Ledger Lines and Octave Signs.

Some Exercises.

How to Practice Your Fingering.

Chapter 3: Steps and Intervals.

Steps on the Piano Keyboard.

Keyboard Intervals.

Exercises in Steps and Intervals.

Arpeggios.

Answers to Intervals Test.

Chapter 4: Dynamics and Tempo.

Dynamics.

Ties.

Syncopation.

Phrases.

Tempo.

Chapter 5: Warming Up.

Right-Hand Five-Finger Warm Ups with Numbers.

Left-Hand Five-Finger Warm Ups with Numbers.

Right-Hand Five-Finger Warm Ups with Note Names.

Left-Hand Five-Finger Warm Ups with Note Names.

Playing a Solo with Your Right Hand.

Playing Both Hands Together.

Playing without Finger Numbers or Note Names.

Chapter 6: Chords.

C Chord.

F Chord.

G Chord.

Solid and Broken Chords.

Crossing Fingers Over and Under.

Exercises.

Inversions.

Lead Sheets.

Three Jazz Pieces to Practice Chords.

Chapter 7: Meter, Harmony, and Movement.

Playing in Waltz Time.

Sight Reading.

Playing Four-Part Harmony.

Parallel Motion.

Upbeats.

Contrary Motion.

Chapter 8: Advanced Musical Terms.

Staccato and Legato.

Repeat Signs.

How Fast and How Loud?

Triplets.

Additional Exercises.

Chapter 9: Advanced Chords.

Major-Minor Keys: Memorizing Key Signatures.

Major-Minor Triads: Building Thirds.

Suspended Fourth Chord.

Flat-Five Chord.

Sixth Chord.

Seventh Chord.

Chord Dictionary.

Playing Three Old Favorites.

Chapter 10: Musical Styles.

Ragtime.

Jazz.

The Blues.

Boogie Woogie.

Country.

Rock ’n’ Roll.

New Age.

Improvising a Melody with Chords.

Making Up a Solo.

Additional Piano Pieces.

Famous Composers, Pianists, and Compositions.

Glossary.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471749905
Author:
Taylor, Mary Sue
Publisher:
Visual
Author:
Stouffer, Tere
Subject:
Instruction and study
Subject:
Musical Instruments - Piano
Subject:
Piano
Subject:
Musical Instruments / Piano & Keyboard
Subject:
learn piano
Subject:
teach piano
Subject:
Piano music
Subject:
piano chords
Subject:
read music
Subject:
play piano
Subject:
piano, learn piano, teach piano, piano music, piano chords, read music, play piano
Subject:
Music-Books on Piano and Harpsichord
Subject:
Music
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
Teach Yourself Visually
Publication Date:
20060724
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.00x8.00x.70 in. 1.87 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "Teach Yourself VISUALLY Piano replaces the MaranGraphics version of the same title, which is no longer available. The piano is one of the most popular musical instruments played. Every style of music, from classical and country to rock and blues, can be played on the piano. "Teach Yourself VISUALLY Piano will be a valuable resource to a wide range of readers from people who want to learn how to play a few songs to those who played as children and want to pick up the hobby again as adults. This information-packed guide will cover all the basics of playing the piano and reading music. The book will also explain about what to look for when purchasing a piano or piano accessories. "Teach Yourself VISUALLY Piano will feature full-color photographs of the techniques being covered, from playing basic notes to performing intermediate techniques, along with clear, step-by-step instructions.

"Synopsis" by , Want to go beyond "Chopsticks?" This visual guide to tickling the ivories will show you the way. By Chapter 2, you'll be playing simple pieces and practicing scales. You'll progress from getting familiar with notes, symbols, and keys to playing basic chords and reading music like a pro. Without getting bogged down in boring theory, you'll learn what you need to know and enjoy playing as you go! Whether you like Bach or rock, jazz or country, golden oldies or new age, you'll love learning to play the fun, visual way.

Concise two-page lessons show you all the crucial skills and are ideal for quick review

  • Each skill, chord, or technique is clearly described
  • Concise and understandable instructions accompany each photo
  • Detailed color photos demonstrate proper fingering technique
  • Helpful tips provide additional guidance

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