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How to Play the Piano (Little Ways to Live a Big Life) by [Rhodes, James]
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How to Play the Piano (Little Ways to Live a Big Life) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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An accessible and inspiring guide by the pianist and international bestselling writer James Rhodes, who promises that this book gives anyone with two hands, a piano or an electric keyboard and just 45 minutes a day the tools they need to learn to play Bach's Prelude No. 1 in C Major in 6 weeks, even if they know nothing about music and have never even touched a piano before.

How often do we convince ourselves that it's just too late - too late to learn how to ride a bike, too late to know how to meditate, too late to travel the world... As we get older and time slips through our fingers like water, we become resigned, almost defeatist, about abandoning our dreams.

For James Rhodes, after the inevitable "How many hours a day do you practice?" and "Show me your hands", the most common thing people say to him when they hear he's a pianist is "I used to play the piano as a kid. I really regret giving it up".

Where does this mourned and misplaced creativity go? For Rhodes, it's still there to be tapped into by all of us, at any point. This inspirational book gives us the means to do this, by breaking up Bach's seminal Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier into manageable segments, teaching us the basics of piano playing - how to read music, the difference between the treble and the bass clef, sharp and flat notes, how to practice etc.. - and encouraging personal interpretation in a way that is guaranteed to soothe the mind, feed the soul and unleash creative powers we didn't know we still had. All of this will culminate in an ability to perform one of Bach's masterpieces.

"If listening to music is soothing for the soul, then playing music is achieving enlightenment. It's going from kicking a ball around with a few pals to playing alongside Ronaldo."

From the Back Cover

All you need is two hands.
A basic electric keyboard or a Steinway grand piano, it doesn't matter.

Forty-five minutes a day, for six weeks.
And the desire to play Bach.
Log out, shut down and switch off.

Let James Rhodes, renowned concert pianist and bestselling author, be your guide.

Even if you know nothing about music. Even if you've never touched a piano before.

Just play.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7004 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (6 Oct. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01G5NZ7C6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am a piano playing virgin and thought I was far too old ever to change that. This book by James Rhodes is a revelation and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience of trying to learn the Bach Prelude. I am even starting to read music with some success. Thoroughly recommended, just get in there and give it a go.
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Nicely produced book and well written but I haven't yet seriously followed the "plan" to get to the end result of playing the piano!
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Gets hard quickly - going to need a deal of perseverance.
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Although I've been playing the piano for awhile, I still consider myself a beginner and it's a great idea to review the basics. I love James Rhodes' clear and informative writing style!
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Not easy but well worth the effort. I am not up to 45 minutes a day yet!
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great stuff
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Great, if you have a full size keyboard.I don't
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Excellent and very helpful book- especially for beginners, on how to play the piano.
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