How to Play the Piano despite Years of Lessons: What Music is and How to Make it at Home. Rev. Ed. Paperback – 31 Dec 1976
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And that is exactly what it does.
The authors describe it as "a subversive book" as it bypasses the mainstream methods of teaching music and cuts straight to the chase of what most people, both beginners and more advanced musicians, actually want to learn!
The style of writing is an absolute joy compared to most piano tutors. Humorous, interesting and designed to boost your confidence. Also very clear, concise and to the point with brief "in a nutshell" sections at the end of each chapter.
It makes you think about music and the piano in a new way. "The piano is a miniature orchestra" as it says.
By giving you accompaniment devices (basic skeleton, moving the layers around, listening to textures in music for arrangements, arpeggios, etc etc) you find yourself making music on your own much more quickly than you would have thought possible!
Having tried out many piano tutors over many years this is the one which had the quickest and most dramatic, and also the most profound and long-lasting effect on my playing.
My one criticism is that it should put much more emphasis on starting with your ears, picking out bass notes and counter melodies yourself and recreating what you hear with the book as a background help. Many years of struggling with piano tutors has taught me this is the only way not to get disheartened and bogged down in details! (Even with a book as superb as this one!)
As it is, the book does not mention this and instead implies the use of given chords and fake books which, to me, are musical passion-killers.Read more ›
There are also very good books about harmony (I also have Tonal Harmony, by Stefan Kostka, which has a theoretical approach), but his book has a very good, original way to presents the notions to beginners or hobbyists. I highly recommend it.
have ever read, in all seriousness. It can be understood by a 12-yr-old but is fascinating for jaded adults. It ranks as one of "DragonLord's 50 greatest books ever written". Buy this and throw out the rest of your music theory bookcase. Buy one copy for yourself and five for your unborn
children, even if you're not married yet. I have.
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Very useful links all the theory together and a different way to look at things.Published 3 months ago by Ian Thompson
I bought my first keyboard when I retired. I could read the treble clef, but reading both clefs was too much of a challenge. Read morePublished 10 months ago by IanD
Very interesting and some candid points made. I still believe you can,t beat one to one tuition though. However I enjoyed the approach a few myths shattered which was beneficial. Read morePublished 20 months ago by JohnE
This book was purchased by me when I first bought my keyboard.. Playing didnt come easy to me but this book helped me on my way in a clear concise way. ExcellentPublished on 6 Mar. 2014 by david baker
A good read, easy to understand even for some one with little or no knowledge of musical theory. It's improved my playing and writing 10 fold.Published on 18 Nov. 2013 by Dean Williams
Very good alternative way at looking at music. Also an interesting and amusing read. Helpful to beginners and experienced players.Published on 7 Nov. 2013 by Mike Mc
For someone that has had no previous musical instrument lessons, my wife has found it straight forward and understandable...definitely recommend.Published on 1 April 2013 by Regan Mac Donald
I teach music for a liing, mainly guitar but some keys too, I have owned several hundred tuition books for both instruments and this is best book of its sort, and along with Tim... Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2012 by Calum John Davidson
An excellent book, well written, tearing away the veils of mystery and presenting music in a simple friendly manner. Sadly, too simple, too friendly, for some highbrow tastes!Published on 10 May 2010 by David A. Williams