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Complete Keyboard Player Songbook: 4 Paperback – 31 Dec 1985

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Product details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales Ltd (31 Dec. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711908818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711908819
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 21 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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I had a few music lessons when I was younger so I knew the basics, but then I wanted to start learning again. We already had book one and two so I began to go through them. Because I had already started to learn book one was not very benefical to me, but book two was great. It contains many familiar songs from Elvis to Rodgers and Hammerstein. This book is a great aid for keyboard and piano basics.
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I brought this book and without any prior knowledge before I can now play a couple of songs. I have purchased a few keyboard books but this is by far the best one. I recommend this book for anyone looking to play for the first time. It teaches you many of the huge hits, by artists like Elton John, Beatles, Bryan Adams, Cold Play, Bee Gees, Robbie etc
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I am a total beginner and think this approaches starting the keyboard in a difficult manner. For instance, you start off being told to set auto-start accompaniments, playing to specific tempos, being told all about single finger chords, then 2 pages later bringing in "proper" chords. For me the book starts too much on the features of a keyboard - why not just get playing some basic songs with a default piano sound - you can bring in keyboard features later.

It also doesn't really give guidance on what to do with your left hand - yes it gives you the chord for the bar, but as a total beginner, i'd really like some help. Am i meant to play and hold the chord at the start of the bar? Play it broken? Playing the notes of the chord in sequence? I now understand that you can do whatever you want, but i don't think a beginners guide should assume this and at least should give you some idea rather than just "G".

The CD examples are also not great for the beginner. Rather than clearly playing the piano part there's little flourishes, lots of background parts - its feels like its showing off. As a beginner you need to hear clear piano ONLY with maybe a simple drum part to keep time.

In my opinion a much better absolute beginner guide is "Progressive Keyboards for Adults". This explains exactly what you should be doing clearly and concisely, tells you what to do with your left hand and the CD is very good. I'm working through both books to expand my range, but without the "Progressive" book would be very much struggling with the just the "Complete".

If you're an absolute beginner I really wouldn't recommend you only use this, but if you already know the basics of chords and reading music then the wide range of songs included will be useful.

Incidentely I came across the book due to a friend giving it to me after struggling through the first few pages, causing them to give up keyboard completely.
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Arrived quickly & is exactly what I wanted.Regarding this book, it is great for younger students, but the print size has been reduced since the original CKP book 3, so if wanted for a mature student I would prefer to use the old version books as print is larger.This book is graded, so as you go through the book, the pieces get harder.Hope this helps.
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First had this book from libuary, got on with it so well decided to purchase it,
was a complete beginner to music and a keyboard and learnt lots and use this book
continously.
PS dont expect miracles with the book though! have now discovered it takes hours and hours/weeks/months of pratice and hard work to even start to follow and be able to play a simple song, there is no short cut even with this excelent book.
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The main review or synopsis, for some reason, gives us the song list of book 3 not for book 4.
The following is the correct song list for book 4.

Ain't misbehavin

Bali Ha'i

El Cumbanchero

Feelings (Dime)

Green eyes

Green sleeves

House of the rising sun

I dreamed a dream

La Cumparsita

Lady in red

Lollipops and roses

Macnamara's band

Memory

On the sunny side of the street

Smile

sunrise sunset

Upstairs down stairs

When you wish upon a star

Wonder of you.

I have been using theses books for sometime with my music teacher for some time now. you may not like some of the songs, but their excellent books to learn keyboards from, if you can read music.
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The Complete Keyboard Player SOngbook:4 is an excellent book to follow on from Keyboard player Songbooks 1 - 3. It makes practice enjoyable as you are quickly able to play popular songs. Instructions are clear and easy to understand.
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By Kc on 26 Nov. 2012
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Sweet book for someone who hasn't got a clue (me). My Girlfriend can read music and says it's handy as a quick guide. I purchased it mainly for my use with my synth and it does the job well.
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