Synopses & Reviews
Have you always wanted to play the piano (or play it better), but had quite enough of standard “how to” books? Enter Knack Piano for Everyone
. With 350 full-color photos and clear, step-by-step instructions, this visually driven guide makes learning easier than ever. It teaches you everything you need to know about the instrument itself and provides the basics of reading music, finger positioning, and playing. Also included are fifty fun music exercises and accompanying audio tracks at knackbooks.com/piano. Whether you dream of playing classical, jazz, or popular music, this book is a must. 350 full-color photos covering:
How Pianos Work * Care
Rhythm & Notes * Exercises
The Keys * Half & Whole Steps
Chords * Scales * Duets
Practice Tips * Arpeggios
Knack Piano for Everyone is a self-instruction book for beginners to intermediates, fully illustrated with 350 full-color photographs and more than fifty exercises in musical notation. By Margaret Ann Martin, a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music who has taught piano and composition for more than twenty years and performs widely, it shows everything one needs to know about the instrument itselfthe parts, different kinds of pianos, care for pianosand provides the basics of reading piano music and playing. Lessons are geared toward achievable results, and sidebars address various styles and techniques. Plus, there are 100 play-along audio tracks available for free at knackbooks.com/piano.
Download play-along audio tracks at knackbooks.com/piano.
Knack Piano for Everyone is a self-instruction book for beginners to intermediates, fully illustrated with full-color photographs and musical notation. The book will teach readers everything a beginner should know about the instrument itselfthe parts, different kinds of pianos, care for pianosand then provide the basics of reading piano music and playing. Download play-along audio tracks at knackbooks.com/piano.
The book will include:
* An explanation of how the piano works.
* An exploration of the instrument, sitting correctly, playing all over the keyboard on
the black keys.
* Finding familiar tunes on the piano.
* Music notation, where it comes from, directions (up and down) on the keyboard and
on the music page.
Lessons will be geared toward achievable results for the reader without any prior knowledge of music, but also contain sidebars on various styles and techniques for the more advanced reader. By the end of the book, the reader will be able to play some basic songs, including some that will be provided in the Appendix.
About the Author
Margaret Ann Martin graduated with a Masters Degree in Piano from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. She has been teaching piano and composition at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven for more than twenty years. She plays regularly for English Country Dance in New Haven and other places, and has made six recordings for ECdance on the Country Dance and Song label, and on private labels. She performs two-piano repertoire with partner, Adrienne Forrest, and two-piano/eight-hand repertoire with the Two Plus Two Piano Quartet.