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The Only Basic Piano Instruction Book You'll Ever Need: Learn to Play--from Reading Your First Notes to Constructing Complex Chords Paperback – June 22, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (June 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593373805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593373801
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brooke Halpin (Malibu, CA) was the Program Director at the Museum of the American Piano in New York City, where he produced concerts with pianists such as Jerome Lowenthal, Steven Mayer, and Robert DeGaetano. He wrote the music to the Academy Award-winning film Molly's Pilgrim and Rudolph Nureyev's ballet Christopher Columbus.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Liew on December 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am new to music and thought this might be "the only basic piano instruction I'll ever need". Maybe I am not musically talented enough, I feel that the book gone far too fast for a beginner - I even have hard time playing the first simple tune. Nevertheless, I must say that the content of the book is really robust and complete, it just that it doesn't suit me. I am better with "Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course" series, and it is a good idea to check that series before you decide
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Monica on January 19, 2007
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I have dabbled in piano here and there and took a beginning class in college. I wanted to continue now that I am older, but didn't want to go through everything all over again. I was very pleased with this book. It did have all the basics, but it was quick enough that you weren't dwelling on them. It gave a great section on the different keys, which is what I am spending my time on now. I thought it was very clear, very straightforward and I enjoyed the exercises in them. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants a summary of basic piano theory or who is committed to studying themselves.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Iverson on August 23, 2007
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This book was not a good choice to learn how to play the piano. It's good reading material...but not good to sit at the piano and try to play
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By eagle777 on January 10, 2014
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My wife really likes this book. So much that I had to buy a second one as apparently she gave one away.
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wonderful price the book is great...carry it around to read and re-read. This is helpful in piano if you have some hands on.
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