Piano For Dummies, 3rd Edition is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking fundamental piano instruction. Whether you're brand new to the piano or have been at it awhile, Piano For Dummies will soon have you tickling the ivories like a pro! This book contains all the information you need to start playing today, including clear instruction and supplementary materials. Learn different musical styles, like classical, rock, blues, and country, and how to find the perfect teacher should you decide to expand your instruction.
With the widest tonal range of any instrument, the piano is versatile enough to produce melody and accompaniment at the same time. This standout feature is also what makes mastering the piano such a complex affair. Piano For Dummies, 3rd Edition breaks it down into simple, easy-to-follow instruction, written in the characteristically accessible Dummies style. For the beginner, the book serves as a complete introductory course. For the more advanced player, it becomes a handy reference to keep around for periodic refreshers. Topics include:Finding the perfect keyboard, and caring for your piano The intricacies of reading music, including notes, rhythm, and change-ups Melody, harmony, and the building blocks of sound The role of individual technique, and finding your own groove
The book also includes advice on practicing efficiently and improving your performance, as well as tips on how to pursue more advanced experiences. A great piano player is always the life of the party, and in high demand. If you're looking to become one with the "88," Piano For Dummies, 3rd Edition is the resource you want!
Ever since Alfred Brendel bid farewell to the concert stage after six decades of performing, he has been passing on his insight and experience in the form of lectures, readings and master-classes. This reader for lovers of the piano distils his musical and linguistic eloquence and vast knowledge, and will prove invaluable to anyone with an interest in the technique, history and repertoire of the piano.
Erudite, witty, enlightening and deeply personal, A Pianist's A to Z is the ideal book for all piano lovers, musicians and music aficionados: rarely has the instrument been described in such an entertaining and intelligent fashion.
"... a must for pianists... " —American Reference Book Annual
"David Yeomans’s study is certainly to be recommended for all good music libraries, pianists and students of Bartók." —The Music Review
"Although there are currently more than 15 books in print about composer Béla Bartók, this short volume is unique in its focus on his complete oeuvre for solo piano.... Recommended for pianists, piano teachers, and students from lower-division undergraduate level and above." —Choice
"... the entire book is indispensable for any of us before we play another Bartók piece." —Clavier
"This work collects in one place an enormous number of ‘facts’ about the piano music of Bartók... for planning concerts and student repertoire, and as a survey of an important body of 20th-century music, this listing is valuable." —Library Journal
This chronological listing of more than 400 pieces and movements presents in convenient form essential information about each of Bartók’s solo piano works, including its various editions, timing, level of difficulty, pertinent remarks by the composer, and bibliographical references to it.