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Alfred's Teach Yourself to Play Piano: Everything You Need to Know to Start Playing Now! (Teach Yourself Series) Paperback – August 6, 2016
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Alfred Music Publishing is the worlds largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational#44; reference#44; pop#44; and performance materials for teachers#44; students#44; professionals#44; and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument#44; style#44; and difficulty level. You can now teach yourself to play the piano#44; even though you have never taken a lesson. Teach yourself to play the piano and progress at your own pace! Covers the basic fundamentals of piano playing in a concise and logical fashion. Its appealing music will encourage you to play every day. Features: Rhythms made simple; How to form the most important chords; Finger aerobics help to make playing easier; Techniques of playing with feeling and expression; Step-by-step approach to learning the entire keyboard; Letter-notes provide and easy introduction to reading music. The Enhanced CD for this book contains great audio accompaniments you can play on your stereo and doubles as an interactive and fun multimedia learning tool that works on any Windows-compatible PC. The song player shows you exactly how each song should be played#44; lets you customize the audio levels#44; adjust playback tempo#44; and even record your own performance! CD-ROM is for Windows Macintosh.
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The book is for "Beginners of All Ages." It progresses slowly with simple lessons learning the right hand, then the left hand and slowly adds the chords one note at at time. And before you know it, you are playing music when both hands. I have only been practicing for about a week or so, it takes practice! Learning to play the piano is not easy, but with practice you can do it. I find myself practicing more on the piano with this book more just because I am making progress and I like what I hear!
I am learning to count the notes to keep the beat, I start out very slowly and repeat lessons frequently until learned. And, I jump around in the lessons, going back to easier lessons and then progressing again. I am doing simple scales to get my weak fingers some exercise. I am still trying to coordinate both hands in playing the simple "C" scale.
Almost bought a metronome! I found an App for my telephone! It was free! A metronome ticks out the beats to keep you moving along as you are playing a song, so it sounds right. I am already looking to see what else this teaching series offers, I love the way he teaches. I am on page 37 and making progress, the more you practice the better you become.
In the beginning of the book, you will find notes that are numbered and marked with the notes.
I also bought a paper sheet that can be put behind the keys to let you know the keys. I rarely use it, but when a song does not sound right, I make sure I check the chart to make sure I am playing the correct notes, most often I am playing the wrong note. So, the paper chart helps a lot.
Devote your time to learning the play the piano, you can do it!
Other than that I found the book to be a great guide for s complete novice like myself! The pace is not to quick, every chapter introduces a new skill and has a musical piece allowing one to practice it. For me, learning that skill and moving to a new chapter would typically take 2-3 hours of exercise (spread over a couple of days), which suits me very well. Every chapter, once completed, gives me a bit of satisfaction over the new acquired skill and encourages to move forward, without being too demanding. The progress could be a bit faster, but given that I have limited time to practice and am doing it purely for fun, I've been pretty happy with it!