Author(s): Blake Neely
The long-awaited update to the bestselling Piano For Dummies -featuring a new audio CD Have you always wanted to play piano? This revised edition of the popular Piano for Dummies makes it easier and more fun than ever. If you don't know how to read music, this book explains in friendly, uncomplicated language all the basics of music theory and applies it to playing the piano. And if you've been playing piano for a while - or took piano lessons when you were a child but haven't played since - you can pick up some valuable tips to improve your playing or use the book as a refresher course. This new edition features fresh and updated practice lessons, teaching techniques, and musical examples, as well as a new audio CD with examples for all pieces presented in the book. You get expert information on left- and right-hand piano techniques; playing scales, melodies, harmonies, and chords; and practicing to improve your technique.
Everything you need to start playing piano today Plenty of popular musical pieces and songs, with companion audio CD to play along with Instruction in playing various musical styles, from classical and rock to blues and country Blake Neely is an Emmy-nominated composer and accomplished pianist who has composed numerous TV and movie scores If you've always wanted to tickle the ivories like a pro, Piano For Dummies, 2nd Edition is your ideal resource! Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Blake Neely is a composer, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, and pianist who scored an Emmy nomination for his composition of the Everwood main title theme. Since then, Blake has enjoyed a celebrated career of scoring and orchestrating, with credits such as the movie The Wedding Date, the TV series Brothers and Sisters, and the smash Disney movie, Enchanted.
Introduction. Part I: Warming Up to the Keyboard. Chapter 1: I Love a Piano. Chapter 2: Meeting the Keyboard Family. Chapter 3: Finding the Perfect Keyboard. Chapter 4: Taking Good Care of Your Keyboard. Chapter 5: Eighty-Eight Keys, Three Pedals, Ten Fingers, and Two Feet. Part II: Getting Sound Down on Paper. Chapter 6: Reading Lines and Spaces. Chapter 7: Joining the Rhythm Nation. Chapter 8: Changing the Beaten Path. Part III: One Hand at a Time. Chapter 9: Playing a Melody. Chapter 10: Scaling to New Heights. Chapter 11: Hey, Don't Forget Lefty! Part IV: Living in Perfect Harmony. Chapter 12: The Building Blocks of Harmony. Chapter 13: Understanding Keys. Chapter 14: Filling Out Your Sound with Chords. Part V: Technique Counts for Everything. Chapter 15: Dressing Up Your Music. Chapter 16: Great Grooves. Chapter 17: Perusing the Aisle of Style. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Improve Your Practice and Performance. Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Go Beyond This Book. Chapter 20: Blake's Ten Questions to Ask Prospective Teachers. Appendix: About the CD. Index.