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How to Use Chords and Fakebooks (How to... Book 13) [Kindle Edition]

Dan Starr
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is THE "how to" book for anyone who wants to know how to utilize chords and play from "fakebooks." I wrote it for those who simply want to play for their own enjoyment. Thus, it's straightforward and doesn't require professional levels of skill.


Product Details

  • File Size: 225 KB
  • Print Length: 101 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00472O7AG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Practical "how to" book by Dan Starr May 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This particular book is a great example of efficient piano methods for getting exactly the result desired in terms of using chords and playing from a fakebook. I spent minimal time reading and reviewing Dan Starr's book before printing out my own fakebook, listening to my favorite song, and applying the learned concepts. To my surprise, playing a song using chords and a fakebook is much easier than I had imagined!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommendation for Dan Starr's "How to Use Chords" March 30, 2011
By Alix
Format:Kindle Edition
I highly recommend any of Dan Starr's piano instruction books. I have been an adult student of his for five years and his books have been an important component of my progress. They have become my reference whenever I need clarification or explanation about any aspect of music and piano playing. His speciality is teaching adult piano learners and the materials he has developed with the help of his comprehensive knowledge and tremendous effort have been fine-tuned over a period of more than twenty years. His books are written in an informal style that flows easily through his well-organized writing. His book on chords is a treasure for understanding harmony and the structure of chords which will allow a student to play from the many available "Fake" books. The content of his chord book progresses from introduction of musical terms to helping the student understand and use chords to compose and improvise. I feel that with the help of Dan Starr's books I am making consistent progress with learning to play the piano.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plain language explanations of chord theory December 31, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a good book, explaining chord music theory. The main reason I like this book is because it explains music theory in plain English, without the use of jargon, if possible. If any jargon is used, its meaning is explained in plain language. This makes the text easy to follow by beginning musicians.

In a nutshell, this book explains music (mostly chord) theory an average, budding amateur musician should know to get the most enjoyment from music. The book is not a comprehensive explanation of all music theory. For example, it doesn't explain how to read musical notation. It confines itself to how chords are constructed and their relationship to different parts of music (melody, etc).

It is slightly orientated to keyboard users. However, the books content is still 99% applicable to other instruments (I play the ukulele).

As I've already written, the main strength of this book is the plain language, easy to understand explanations. That's the main weakness of other music books. Their explanations usually involve jargon which lose the new musician very quickly. For an example of what I'm talking about, look up "chord progression" in Wikipedia.

A major benefit of reading this book is I'm now able to understand other music theory books I was struggling with before.
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More About the Author

I enjoy helping folks learn about chords and keyboards. I also enjoy performing.

However, I have learned that most folks don't want to be professionals - they simply want to enjoy making their own music on a small basis.

Unfortunately, most music teachers expect you will want what THEY want - to be a master of their chosen instrument. After all, there will always be people who give their lives to music, right?

Thus, the real goal of too many music teachers is not the goal of their students. They don't ask what their students want to learn.

I do. It's the easiest way to keep students. I prefer that THEY bring the goals and I bring the methodology to make sure they make it!

And, incidentally, I also personalize my performances as well.

What do you want from music? Chances are I've written a book about it by now.

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