Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Piano
Whether you are an aspiring concert pianist or just want to play keyboards in your own band, The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Playing Piano and Electronic Keyboards, Second Edition will give you just what you need to know. From reading music and learning chords, to understanding music notation or buying an instrument, expert author Brad Hill tells gets you started. With more music and expanded practice sessions, the new edition of this already popular book will be a necessity for the beginner. Learn posture, positionings, fingerings, notations, drills, and advice from the masters. Also, learn how to fake your way through accompaniment, stay motivated to practice and advance to the intermediate level.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 675.86g
- 17 Aug 2001
- Dorling Kindersley Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 2nd edition
Table of contents
I. MEETING YOUR INSTRUMENT. 1. Why Play the Piano? Soothing the Soul. Creativity and Other Mysteries. The Uniqueness of All Keyboard Instruments. The Great Teacher. Following the Footsteps of Immortality.2. Hammers and Strings. Like a Harp, But Different. Parts of the Piano. Grand and Less Than Grand. Whopping Big (and Heavy) Keyboard.3. The Keyboard in Black and White. Key to the Keys. Black and White Keys.4. Sitting on the Bench. A Hundred Ways to Make a Piano Stool. Posture Has a Bearing. Where to Sit. Playing Footsie with the Pedals. Placing a Home Keyboard.II. GIVE YOURSELF ANOTHER HAND. 5. Learning the Right-Hand Notes. Knowing the Letters. Finding C on the Keyboard. Lines and Spaces. Finding Middle C When Reading Music. Finding Other Notes. Making Music.6. Sharps, Flats, and Fingerings. Accidentals Are No Accident. Whole and Half Steps Revisited. Sharps and Flats in Written Music. The Black Sheep of Accidentals. Using the Right Fingers. Making Music.7. Whole Notes and Their Offspring. Counting in Music. Note Values. Making Music. Making Music.8. Bars, Time Signatures, and Rests. Organizing the Music Staff. Making Music.9. Unlocking Keys and Scales. What Keys Do. Climbing a Hill of Scales. Major and Minor Scales. Scales and Key Signatures. Key Signatures in Written Music. A Natural Thing. Scales a la Mode.III. GIVE YOURSELF ANOTHER HAND. 10. Learning the Left-Hand Notes. Middle C for the Left Hand. Left-Hand Notes on the Staff. Time and Key Signatures in the Bass Clef. Making Music.11. Putting One and One Together. Starting Simple. Practice Tips for Two-Handed Playing. Making Music.12. Basics of Accompaniment. What Is Accompaniment? Left-Hand Playing Styles. The Simplest Accompaniment. Chords. Striding Along. Using Keyboard Auto-Accompaniments. Making Music.13. Striking a Familiar Chord. A Basic Chord Explanation. Triads and Intervals. Major and Minor Triads. The Common Chords.IV. MASTER CLASS. 14. Details of Music Notation. Note Groupings and Ties. Roadrunner Notes. Tying Notes Together. Triplets. Play It Again. Expression Markings. Dynamic Markings. Pass the Dictionary. Miscellaneous Expression Markings. Making Music.15. Pedals: Where's the Clutch? Plugging in the Pedal. Trying Out the Pedal. Pedal Technique. Using the Piano's Other Pedals. Making Music.16. Faking It. How Music Charts Work. Fakery Tips to Remember. Making Music.17. The Rigors and Joys of the Classics. How Classical Music Works. Adhering to the Letter and Spirit. Even the Masters Wrote Easy Music. Begin With the Baroque. Classic Classics. Virtuosity Emerges. The Impressionists. Jazz-America's Music.18. Power Practicing. The Goal of Practicing. Knowing How Much to Practice. Take Apart the Parts. Slow, Slower, Slowest. Making Things Harder. No Strain, Big Gain. Facing the Music.19. Technical Tips. Getting Relaxed. Mastering Octaves. Speed and Power. Repeating Notes and Chords. Out of Thin Air. Sight-Reading Tips. Committing It to Memory. Ornaments and Flourishes.20. Next Steps. Keeping It Interesting. Finding a Teacher. MIDI and Home Music Studios. Tone Modules. Drum Machines. Hooking It All Up. Listen to the Music. Classical Pianists.V. BRINGING IT HOME: BUYING AN INSTRUMENT. 21. Buying a Piano. Why Buy a Piano? The Real Piano Sound. The Mechanical Piano Action. Appearance. Educational Value. The Big Questions. Upright or Grand? New or Used? The Asian Connection.22. Piano Maintenance and Repair. Why Upkeep Is Important. Where Should We Put This Thing? Pampering Your Piano. The All-Important Tuner. Regulating, Adjusting, and Tinkering. Understanding New and Used Warranties.23. Buying a Digital Keyboard. A Trio of Keyboards. Basic Keyboard Features. Where to Shop. New or Used? Portable or Not-So-Portable. Shopping for a Digital Piano. Shopping for a Home Keyboard. Taking It Home and Turning It On.VI. APPENDIXES. Appendix A. Glossary. Appendix B. Resources for the Beginning Pianist. Index.
About Brad Hill
Brad Hill is a seasoned piano performer, teacher, and writer. He has written dozens of books on keyboard playing and MIDI, and has recorded several albums of original keyboard music. His newest book, Going Digital: A Musician's Guide to Technology, was published in December 2000 by Schirmer Books. He is based in Princeton, NJ.