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How to Play Popular Piano in 10 Easy Lessons: The Fastest, Easiest Way to Learn to Play from Sheet Music or by Ear Paperback – November 28, 1984
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The other way of teaching focuses on learning chords and music theory. The idea here seems to be that, if one has the theory, one can figure out where to place one's fingers. So, one learns a melody and then, using music theory or a fake books adds chords. After a little practice, the devotees of this method argue, one can actually make music, i.e. play tunes that you like and make them sound good, though not necessarily the way they are written on sheet music.
Both approaches have problems. The first is drudgery, and if one really wants to make music, you have to engage in this drudgery for years. The second requires, but doesn't teach or encourage, a great deal of facility hitting the right keys. It's very fun to know how music is put together and how one might play it. Yet it is very frustrating not to have developed the physical coordination to actually do it.
The Monath book uses the second approach. It is a delightful introduction to music theory, chords, scales, and how music is put together. Like many of the books that follow the second approach, the style verges on the messianic. Yes, one starts playing songs almost immediately. Unfortunately, without a good deal of practice, those first songs might take an hour or so to pick through.
If you have some facility on the keyboard, this might be a very helpful book.Read more ›
I saw this book and read it, and within 2 weeks was playing a tune by Oasis that I could hardly read before. The key (no pun intended) is in the use of chords which are based upon mathematical rules. Once you understand the (simple) rules, you only have to find one note in the bass and develop the chord from there. This takes care of so much mental effort and also helps you to understand the form, structure and tone of the music. I feel so much more accomplished and learning the chords comes very quickly indeed.
So it's very good, the only proviso being that you need to be able to read the notes of the melody and know what each key is to extract maximum benefit. The book does cover this in more detail towards the end, but rather raced through some bits.
My advice to all those adults coming to the piano and music for the very first time is to find a good, simple "Welcome to your first piano" book and practice the simple tunes therein. Build confidence. When you can read the melody and know the names of the notes, you just have to buy this. Perhaps some purists may think of it as "cheating" but the author gives a very clear statement of intent and makes no apologies for the methods.
I love the clear, concise and lively prose the book contains. It makes reading it all the more fun.Read more ›
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Terrific book by an author who's a great teacher of music and piano. Highly recommend as a starting point for anyone wishing to learn both.Published 5 days ago by analogman
This book has taught me a lot about how chords are built and altered that translates well to other instruments.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the BEST book to buy for anyone with no former musical training so that you can learn to play pianoPublished 2 months ago by Deborah Pacheco
Looks like it will be very useful but haven't had chance to use it.Published 6 months ago by Marilyn Long
Great way to learn piano. I had taken a few lessons in college and wanted to pick back up and can not go to a teacher so this book is excellent for me.Published 7 months ago by Cheryl Showalters