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- Classic Series: Volume 1 Beginning Basics for the Piano
- Piano Practice and Performance
- Exercise Balls
“Classic Series Beginning Basics for the Piano is a great book for the beginning piano player. It doesn’t just teach you how to play music on the piano, but also teaches you the theory about music and how you can relate that theory to the piano to make you a better player. The authors explain different musical concepts in the book in an orderly fashion that’s not overwhelming to the beginner (they are provided in bit size chunks). After the author explains the musical concept for that section, a workshop follows that the student practices to really get the concept and technique down. From there, normally a one or two page song follows allowing the student to learn and see how the musical concepts are actually used in a musical piece. The approach taken in the book is one that would produce a well-rounded musician (ear training exercises, rhythm exercises, note and rest value exercises, note names of all the white keys on the piano exercises, note names on the treble and bass clef exercises, time signature exercises, dynamic marking exercises, tempo exercises, and hands played separately and hands played together exercises). The concepts in the book are explained from a textual, visual, and of course hands-on approach so that the student can utilize their own strength of learning. All in all, I enjoyed this book in that it provided me a well-rounded foundation and was presented in such a way that it built in me confidence as I progressed. I think the foundation that I acquired in this book will serve me well as I progress in my musical aspirations to being a good piano player-musician.”
“[Piano Practice and Performance] covers, in a very thorough and easily understood format, topics such as scheduling and practice routines, body posture, pedaling, memorization and performance routines. . . . highly recommended as very important to any student’s piano training.”
John Novello – Keyboardist, composer, instructor and author of Stylistic Etudes and The Contemporary Keyboardist.