- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books; 1st Hyperion Ed edition (January 14, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401307663
- ISBN-13: 978-1401307660
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 183 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Play Piano in a Flash!: Play Your Favorite Songs Like a Pro -- Whether You've Had Lessons or Not! Paperback – January 14, 2004
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About the Author
Scott "The Piano Guy" Houston's background combines a degree from Indiana University with over fifteen years of experience in the music industry. From teaching to playing professionally to managing a music publishing company, he has been a part of many aspects of the music world. Realizing that most students do not aspire to become concert pianists, but rather want to enjoy being able to sit down at a keyboard and play their favorite music, he has taught thousands of students successfully at universities and colleges nationwide.
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The best thing about "Play Piano in a Flash" is that it inspires you to WANT to play the piano. Few music books do this. Scott Houston rightfully believes that people are more likely to continue learning to play an instrument if they play songs that they WANT to play, rather than songs they are TOLD to play. If you don't love classical music, for example, you will lose interest if you spend much of your time practicing classical music.
Scott Houston's writing style gets a bit annoying. The corny stuff that made his "Play Piano in a Flash" special on PBS so interesting just doesn't come across well in print. However, this isn't a novel; it's not like you're buying a piano book for its excellent prose. The way to judge a book like this is by what you get out of it. I found that I was much more interested in learning to play the piano after watching his PBS special and reading this book.
If you were to buy only one introductory piano book, I would recommend The FastTrack Keyboard Method - Book 1 by Blake Neely and Gary Meisner. But there's no reason to only buy one piano book. In fact, these two books compliment each other quite well.
You should find that (assuming you have at least some basic knowledge of music) that you will be able to play a few recognizable songs within a matter of days! I am not saying you will play them like a seasoned pro, but you will play them in a way that would impress your friends or family and will prompt them to ask, 'when did you start taking lessons?'
I love how Scott just dives right in and gives you what you need to know to play right away. The book is short and sweet and offers just enough content.
I also purchased his fake book and the first song I started working on was "Hey Jude". The music notation is in the key of C (from what I understand the easiest key to play) and I would say after a few hours I could play it somewhat decently. After a week, I had it nailed. Not just a riff or two, but the whole song atart to finish! I was blown away by my progress and look forward to learning more and more songs.
For roughly $10 you can't go wrong with this book. Just be sure and keep an open mind when you read it and please don't listen to piano snobs who will tell you 'oh this is just shortcuts and nonsense'. They are just jealous that they spend thousands of dollars on lessons and probably wish they learned piano in this manner to begin with.
Scott gave me the gift of music that I have always wanted. His teaching is straight forward. Every rule of formal training is thrown into the trash, where it belongs, unless you expect to play at Carnegie in black tie. You will learns simple cords and learn to read simple keys notes. We are not talking weeks of heavy teaching. Just invest a few hours and you will see a world of difference, even if you never played before, just like me.
Thank you Scott for opening the door to playing the piano.
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I found it impossible to get the printed lead sheets, however.
Finally succeeded by contacting the company.