The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing the Piano and Electronic Keyboards

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing the Piano and Electronic Keyboards

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Introduces the basics of playing pianos and electronic keyboards, using simple exercises and sampling popular songs in a variety of ways. The book features exercises in all styles: classical, rock and jazz.
Publisher: New York : Alpha Books, c1998
ISBN: 9780028649252
0028649257
Branch Call Number: 786.3 Hill
Characteristics: xiv, 233 p. : ill. ; 28 cm

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Jan 29, 2016

The advantage of "Idiot's Guide" and "for Dummies" series is that they assume NO prior knowledge on the reader's part. Usually that means that no important information or steps are missed through assumption. This volume does a good job of introducing both pianos and electric keyboards along with the rudiments of music notation and keyboard playing.

The book is certainly helpful for those teens and adults just beginning their keyboard experience. I found the chapter on practicing especially helpful.

I didn't find the material hampered by its 1998 publication date. the book doesn't intend to deliver detailed synthesizer, midi, or recording information.

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