Item description for How to Play Piano: Everything You Need to Know to Play the Piano by Roger Evans...
Overview Illustrated with charts and diagrams throughout, this guide teaches the fundamentals of piano--from buying a piano and understanding its mechanisms to reading music and playing chords
Learning to play the piano has never been easier. With easy-to-follow illustrations and fun practice pieces, this comprehensive step-by-step guide will have students well on your way to playing the music of your choice--even if they've never played a musical instrument. "How to Play Piano" covers basics like:
Choosing the right piano
Positioning fingers properly
Playing chords and runs of notes
Developing effective practice techniques and much more
Practice pieces range from "Ode to Joy" and "Yellow Rose of Texas" to "Yankee Doodle," making learning simple, fast and enjoyable.
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Studio: St. Martin's Griffin
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 7.1" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Dec 10, 2001
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN 0312287089 ISBN13 9780312287085
Availability 0 units.
More About Roger Evans
Roger Evans has helped nearly half a million readers learn to play an instrument on their own. His other books include How to Play Guitar and How to Play Keyboards.
Reviews - What do customers think about How to Play Piano: Everything You Need to Know to Play the Piano?
I can't believe I can play the piano so easily! Apr 21, 2008
I'm a busy mom who is really short on time, and yet after reading the first 40 pages of this book, I'm playing 6 songs. . . such as Jingle Bells, Skip to My Lou, Go tell and Rhody, and Beethoven's Ode to Joy. I'm playing two handed at this point, and with very little practicing (again, no time). I have not purchased any other "how to play the piano" books, and don't feel I need to. This book is great!
Easy to Use Oct 10, 2007
I didn't read notes or play any musical instruments before I bought this book from this site. I have to say this is truly a book for the very beginners. After just a few weeks practicing on the piano, I can now play quite a few tunes listed in the book. A great tool for the beginners.
Excellent Book. Jun 10, 2007
The book is short and to-the-point, giving a novice an easy-to-read primer on the basics of playing, as well as an intro to reading music. I recommend it highly to anyone who is just starting out.
Roger Evans enables older beginners to play piano Aug 10, 2006
Roger Evans, in his most insightful book, "How to Play Piano" (1981 St. Martin's Press) brings to the older beginner the satisfaction of playing the piano in both the treble and bass cleffs.
Soon the student learns to coordinate both his left and right hands to play a number of wisely selected melodies, first in the key of C, then in the key of G Major with one sharp followed by key of Fmaj with the first flat B.
Next Roger introduces three flats in the key of E flat major. By this time, and with practice, we find that we have stepwise mastered three of the common key signatures. That is why I rate his book at the five star top evaluation. Those of us who have not been taught as a child, thank you very much, Roger Evans.
My very best wishes,
I Love It for It's Simplicity!!! Apr 6, 2006
roger evans' highly dignified piano book is the essential guide for an essentially dignified skill. this is not at all like those "idiot's guides" or "books for dummies" on how to play. it is more of a simple guide that gives you the bare facts, no cute humor, no put downs, not ANYTHING unrelated. if i could, i would force everyone to learn piano from this book. it is the only way to improve a highly dignified skill.