Synopses & Reviews
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).
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
"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.
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.
Playing Position, Posture, and Hand Position.
Chapter 2: Reading Music and Playing Notes.
Notes on the Staff.
Sharps, Flats, and Naturals.
Key Signature and Time Signature.
Ledger Lines and Octave Signs.
How to Practice Your Fingering.
Chapter 3: Steps and Intervals.
Steps on the Piano Keyboard.
Exercises in Steps and Intervals.
Answers to Intervals Test.
Chapter 4: Dynamics and 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.
Solid and Broken Chords.
Crossing Fingers Over and Under.
Three Jazz Pieces to Practice Chords.
Chapter 7: Meter, Harmony, and Movement.
Playing in Waltz Time.
Playing Four-Part Harmony.
Chapter 8: Advanced Musical Terms.
Staccato and Legato.
How Fast and How Loud?
Chapter 9: Advanced Chords.
Major-Minor Keys: Memorizing Key Signatures.
Major-Minor Triads: Building Thirds.
Suspended Fourth Chord.
Playing Three Old Favorites.
Chapter 10: Musical Styles.
Rock ’n’ Roll.
Improvising a Melody with Chords.
Making Up a Solo.
Additional Piano Pieces.
Famous Composers, Pianists, and Compositions.