Synopses & Reviews
Book 1: Starting to Play-Introducing the keyboard, the musical alphabet, note values and time signatures. Starting to play and correct posture. Rests and tied notes. Sharps, flats, naturals, and key signatures. Phrase marks and dynamics. Slurs, staccato, and chords. Sustaining pedal. Handy page of musical terms and symbols. Plus more than 40 piano pieces and exercises. Free dummy keyboard included for silent practice, group tuition, and theory work.
This new, user-friendly course means you can take up the piano at any age Whether you're learning from scratch, or starting again, these three books will guide you gently into the pleasure of piano playing. You learn as you play. The course is based on familiar favorites from the classical repertoire, themes from opera and ballet, folksongs and blues, music by contemporary classical composers, and original pieces by Carol Barratt herself. The books include fascinating items of musical history and biography, an easy-to-follow introduction to the theory of music, and suggested listening to enhance your musical appreciation.