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"...the book for people who really want to learn, for people who are not afraid of starting right from scratch..." -- Jazz Now

About the Author

Roger Evans has helped nearly half a million readers learn to play an instrument on their own. His other books include How to Play Guitar and How to Play Keyboards.
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Product Details

  • Series: How to Play
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Revised edition (December 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312287089
  • ASIN: B00D3QLAZW
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,467,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roger Evans has helped nearly half a million readers learn to play an instrument on their own. His other books include How to Play Piano and How to Play Keyboards.

Customer Reviews

Very basic and easy understand.
Les
After just a few weeks practicing on the piano, I can now play quite a few tunes listed in the book.
Z. Zhou
I recommend it highly to anyone who is just starting out.
Peter Malenkovic

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By P. Tseng on February 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I had no prior experience with music playing (other than blowing some simple tunes from a harmonica) and, yet, I found this

book to be surprisingly easy to learn from. It smoothly and concisely guides the reader through the key elements of piano playing, starting with one-hand playing, but quickly to two-hands, then chords, etc., and ending with sharp and flat notes. It is well organized, has well thought out exercises, advices, and a diverse collection of (short) attractive tunes of increasing complexity (from Jingle Bells to Waltzing Matilda to Silent Night to Green Sleeves to We Shall Overcome to Minuet in G Minor). I prefer it to other teach-yourself piano books that take much longer to cover the same skills, such as The Complete Piano Player or Piano for Dummies. I particularly like that it gets to two-hand playing almost right away, which I feel is better preparation--even if it feels hard and slows the playing initially. It may have helped (coordination-wise) that I have been typing for 20+ years with both hands. If you are looking for a book that teaches all the essentials of basic piano playing in a thoughtful and concise way, then I recommend this book.

If you perfer a slower pace, then maybe look elsewhere.

For me, this was the perfect book to learn from.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte L. Wohlenberg on August 10, 2006
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Roger Evans, in his most insightful book, "How to Play Piano" (1981 St. Martin's Press) brings to the older beginner the satisfaction of playing the piano in both the treble and bass cleffs.

Soon the student learns to coordinate both his left and right hands to play a number of wisely selected melodies, first in the key of C, then in the key of G Major with one sharp followed by key of Fmaj with the first flat B.

Next Roger introduces three flats in the key of E flat major. By this time, and with practice, we find that we have stepwise

mastered three of the common key signatures. That is why I rate his book at the five star top evaluation. Those of us who have not been taught as a child, thank you very much, Roger Evans.

My very best wishes,

Don W

Don Wohlenberg
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Malenkovic on June 9, 2007
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The book is short and to-the-point, giving a novice an easy-to-read primer on the basics of playing, as well as an intro to reading music. I recommend it highly to anyone who is just starting out.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda G. on April 21, 2008
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I'm a busy mom who is really short on time, and yet after reading the first 40 pages of this book, I'm playing 6 songs. . . such as Jingle Bells, Skip to My Lou, Go tell and Rhody, and Beethoven's Ode to Joy. I'm playing two handed at this point, and with very little practicing (again, no time). I have not purchased any other "how to play the piano" books, and don't feel I need to. This book is great!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Clevenger on October 2, 2010
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for those wishing to learn the basics of piano this could be the book for you. this book will take you from a complete beginner with no musical knowledge, to someone that can read and play music with both hands, play eighth and sixteenth notes, play the sharp and flat keys, play runs of notes and the many included practice tunes, and at the same time be prepared with the required skill set to pursue a particular style of piano playing whether it be jazz, swing, etc.

thank you roger evans
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Z. Zhou on October 10, 2007
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I didn't read notes or play any musical instruments before I bought this book from Amazon. I have to say this is truly a book for the very beginners. After just a few weeks practicing on the piano, I can now play quite a few tunes listed in the book. A great tool for the beginners.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By nancy on December 9, 2011
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I know how to read music but have never played keyboards. I am a little over 1/2 way through this book and really like it - the songs are a little outdated, but the way the author progresses through the lessons is great; I am playing melodies with both hands and feel as if I've come along way. I bought a couple of other books and can tell they are teaching from a little different aspect; I chose to finish this book first then work my way through the others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By webshopper on June 5, 2012
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This book is a good book for a beginner who knows very little about music and piano playing. It takes the reader from choosing a piano to learning how to read printed music. It even has some short songs for exercise and music practice. It is a good book for beginners of piano.
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