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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company Inc; 00-5743 edition (Aug 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739003682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739003688
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21.6 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scale, chord, arpeggio and cadence studies in all major and minor keys presented in a convenient two-page format. Includes an in-depth 12 page explanation that leads to complete understanding of the fundamentals of major and minor scales, chords, arpeggios and cadences plus a clear explanation of scale degrees and a two-page guide to fingering the scales and arpeggios. In addition, several enrichment options are provided with exercises such as harmonizing scales, accelerating scales expanding scales and much more! These excellent all-inclusive books teach scales, chords, arpeggios, and cadences at three different levels. The FIRST book (#11761) accommodates the learning pace of younger students such as those in Alfred's Basic, Level 2. The BASIC book (#5754) is slightly more in-depth, presenting scales, chords, arpeggios, and cadence studies in all the major and minor keys. The COMPLETE book (#5743) features everything in the BASIC book, plus extra features like a 12-page explanation that leads to complete understanding of the fundamentals of major and minor scales, chords, arpeggios, and cadences; a clear explanation of scale degrees; and a two-page guide to fingering the scales and arpeggios

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By David G. Mundy on 8 Sep 2011
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At the tender age of 60, I can't play the piano. The left hand plays octaves and the right hand plays chords, but the results are insipid and uninspiring. Something was needed to help me understand how to put together chord sequences in a meaningful way. At the same time, I wanted to know the technical side of building arpeggios without them interfering with melody lines. Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences: Complete Book, answers all these questions and has already given me some tips on improving my playing by using fingering exercises. It's a great book and well worth the purchase.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Greenall on 16 Aug 2011
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I must confess to not having used this book extensively, but upon early impressions it seems to provide a great resource for the burgeoning pianist. I have found it to be more complete than the ABRSM volumes but perhaps more daunting. That said, it is arranged clearly (with all scales and arpeggios listed under their respective key) and all the fingering is provided. A very reasonable price for a detailed and useful tome.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By suzie-lala on 3 Dec 2011
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If you teach piano then get this book. If you are taking your grade 5 piano or above then get this book. If you are a pianist taking AS or A2 level music then get this book. Even if you are a casual pianist who wants to know more then get this book.

Yes, there are scales, chords, arpeggios and cadences but there is so much more.

1) Scales are:
In parallel motion,
Contrary motion,
Parallel motion in 3rds & 6ths,
Arps & dom 7th arps,
All triads
Primary triads
Plagal & Perfect Cadences

2) This will also help you with your theory grades and aural tests. Here's the stuff:
Circle of 5ths
Order of sharps and flats
How chords are 'built' and how inversions work.
The V7 chord and how the dominant 7th works
Degrees of the scale - 'tonic, supertonic, mediant, subdominant etc'
How major scales are 'built'
How relative minors work and and the differences / similarities with their relative major
Intervals
Primary triads
Diminished sevenths
Guide to fingering
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hazel on 9 July 2012
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I wish I had had this book when I was young; I might have learned to play the piano and not just played by ear. It is well laid out and very helpful. Time well spent looking around the internet to find it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Sep 2012
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Highly recommended as a learning tool for higher grades. A very good book at a very reasonable price.
All of the scales are included, with harmonic and melodic minors, chords, arpeggios, dominant sevenths, diminished sevenths, and even cadences. A wealth of information, not only for learning scales (which would save considerable amounts of lesson time and free the teacher from writing key signatures and fingering patterns), but also for theory. Scale by scale presentation, plus key signature chart, plus fingering patterns for each scale on one page, the list goes on...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arts'n'crafts on 28 Feb 2012
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So comprehensive it is hard to believe you could become hooked on this book, but the more you learn the more you want to go on. I know more about structure in a very short time than I thought there was to know. In practical use of the book everything makes more sense and I am enjoying my playing much more. It's even more fun to ignore the book and do things 'wrong'!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Sep 2011
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Some of my adult pupils really enjoy this book- it has everything they need for a pre-sightreading warm-up or to prepare for working on a new piece in any key all in the same place.
Every key has the complete set as listed on the title page as a double page spread. This cuts down a lot of time flicking through scale books to find the right keys. The chord progressions are a bit limited, but the scales are in more interesting forms - contrary motion, in octaves, thirds and sixths. Although I use it regularly, I do always think up new things to do with the material, as it's repetitive in style, hence the four stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alec on 5 Feb 2013
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I bought this book because I needed a simple table of chords. This book is much too advanced for my requirements and could I have viewed at least one page of it I would not have bought it, I'm sure it's an excellent book if you need something this complete.
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