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How to Play the Piano (Little Ways to Live a Big Life Book 1) by [Rhodes, James]
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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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7802 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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How to Play the Piano, by concert pianist James Rhodes, is the first offering in Quercus’s new ‘The Little Book of Life Skills’ series. I received the book six weeks ago and read it through almost immediately. I decided not to post my review until I had attempted to follow its instructions that I may report back on how effective they had been at teaching me to play Bach’s Prelude No. 1 in C Major within the time period proscribed. In the interests of full disclosure, I have never had a formal piano lesson but I did have some musical training on other instruments as a child.

The book opens with advice on how to master a piece of music. It is important to take things slowly and to practice regularly. To play the piano it is necessary to be able to read music, and to understand the correlation between the symbols on a musical score and a piano’s keys. Explaining this vital information takes up about half the book. It is then time to start to play.

A copy of the score is included and may be cut out or scanned. A few annotations have been added which are pointed out as progress is made.

The importance of correct fingering is explained. To navigate a keyboard smoothly this is a necessary skill to master. Timing is also important and to demonstrate this, and to give some idea of the sound being aimed for, the reader is directed to a series of short videos the author has posted at jamesrhodes.tv I found these helpful.

The next twenty pages take the reader through the score, two bars at a time, explaining the tricky sections and offering advice on how to move the piece along. Getting through this section took me about four weeks.
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Compact and to the point. Written with kindness and humour. Don't skip it and like me ( someone who wanted a piano more than anything then purchased one but didn't find the time to play) you will suddenly feel that it's not impossible. I am certain that having now realised it is easy to learn the basics I will not look back. Buy it, it fits in a pocket, you have nothing to lose.
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Brilliant and inspiring book. Careful not to read it too fast. His words are worthy of quick devour but haste isn't the plot here, patience and you'll be belting out a classical piece in 6 weeks. Great writer and pianist combined. Enjoy
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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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I received this strange little book as a gift and it's most likely the best book on beginners piano I've ever read. The two main ingredients that make it so good is...

-The style of the writing makes you want to read more-
I been through a number of other self taught books which although the information is good, the dryness and lack of passion in the writing makes me eventually wander off. James Rhodes on the other hand is delightful and makes you feel like he's talking directly to you. His enthusiasm encourages the student to continue practicing.

-The method of learning is immensely rewarding-
A step by step methodology. Where on completion of each step the student is shown very clearly the reward. I cannot express how much I needed this.

I very much doubt anyone wishing to play piano will regret purchasing this book.
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Incredibly helpful and enjoyable, has unlocked the piano for me when other teaching methods failed
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Inevitably a little dry at times, but very clear explanations and lots of encouragement. Please do give it a go!
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Great book. We bought it for Christmas, partner and me, and couldn't put it down. Hardback edition with old-fashioned feel bookcover.
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