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Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation has become the worlds largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. We are proud to publish titles of interest to all musicians as well as music lovers, from songbooks and instructional titles to artist biographies and instrument price guides to books about the music industry and all the performing arts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634069799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634069796
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is cool. I am an adult beginner who is trying out a Yamaha Keyboard. I just finished the third chapter and now I can figure out the music notes :D I liked the book. Apart from the quality of the content, the Print quality too is good. As of now, I don't know whether this is the best book out there for beginners or not (I think only an experienced piano teacher can comment on that aspect) and that is the only reason I am cutting one star.

Content:

Intro
Ch.1 Familiarize yourself with the keyboard
Ch.2 Playing your first notes
Ch.3 Getting started with the right hand
Ch.4 Get rhythm
Ch.5 Introducing the Bass Clef
Ch.6 Getting started with the left hand
Ch.7 Introducing the eighth note
Ch.8 Hands together
Ch.9 Hands work together more
Ch.10 Introducing chords
Ch.11 More chords power
Ch.12 Changing position
Ch.13 More new notes
Ch.14 Let's play
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I decided to try to get back to playing the piano after many many years. I was actually very afraid of it -feeling totally illiterate and as if I had forgotten everything. This book has helped me to relearn the keyboard and even to play a few pieces. Thanks.
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This book is very easy to follow along. I played flute as a child so I had a little experience reading music (at least the treble clef). It eases you into playing piano one small step at a time. The only thing I don't like is, I wish it had more practice exercises for each step than just the one. I highly recommend this book for someone with little or no experience at piano.
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I am a beginner and I can understand this book very well. I do wish it had more songs in it though. It's good for getting the basics.
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I bought a nice electronic keyboard, but I didn't want to learn to play by numbers. This book is doing a great job of teaching to read music. Its the Rosetta Stone of music.
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Perfect book for someone who doesnt have a clue how to read music or know a thing about the piano.
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Amazing. Thank you. Much needed for a beginner like me. This book is so easy to understand and work with.
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I'm an adult who had never played a single piece of music in my life, but decided that I wanted to learn piano. This book worked out perfectly for me. The exercised were well thought out to keep challenging me for weeks, but without ever getting overly repetitive or boring. Rather than working on technicals that never sound like music, I was able to mostly produce melodies that made me happy to hear. It took me a couple of months to get through the final piece, but once I did, I had completely surprised and impressed myself. I was playing a complex piece with both hands complimenting each other simultaneously (there's probably a real term for that) and it go to be almost effortless. I can now print out any familiar beginner-level piece that I find online and figure it out within a few hours. At some point I should hire a teacher to make sure I am doing things the right way, but this book was a perfect way for me to get to enjoyable playing without that.
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