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You Can Read Music Paperback – June 1, 1995
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Amy Appleby is a critically-acclaimed author of books and recordings on music. Educated at Yale University, she has helped millions of readers play, read, and compose music in a wide range of musical styles.
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Very good overall
The good -
- lots of examples make things easy to understand
- takes things very slow at the beginning - even someone with no experience in reading sheet music whatsoever should be able to pick up this book and learn everything in a few days
- overall, very complete guide, with lots of fairly esoteric notation included (not so much esoteric, but stuff you wouldn't see until very advanced pieces)
- pretty well organized, makes for a great quick reference
The bad -
- kind of pricey for 80 some pages
- included cd is nice but not terribly helpful
- book is sort of cumbersome - they try to keep it the same size as your other sheet music books might be, but i would rather be leafing through this in my spare time, instead of propping it up on my piano, so the size doesn't really make sense... should have been smaller
- sometimes too many examples on simple ideas, not enough on hard ideas
- some things are kind of breezed through and it sometimes seems like information is missed - for example, some accent marks that you might find occassionally are not listed in this book, which can be frustrating - this typically means that the mark can be written many ways, and one of the ways *is* in the book, but unless you know all the forms of the accent, you're going to be lost
- a few more pages could have been devoted to chords - the information is complete, but fairly 'intense' - there is a lot packed into a very small section
Sooooooo... overall I definately give this 5 stars, my complaints, though numerous, are very small, and i HIGHLY recommend this to anyone trying to learn to read sheet music.