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Piano and Keyboard All-in-One For Dummies
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Piano and Keyboard All-in-One For Dummies
by Holly Day
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The go-to reference for aspiring pianists and keyboard players

Piano & Keyboard All-in-One For Dummies makes it easier and more fun than ever to make music! If you don't know how to read music, this book explains in friendly, uncomplicated language all the basics of music theory, and applies it to playing the piano and keyboard. And if you've been playing for awhile—or took lessons when you were a child but haven't played since—you can pick up some valuable tips to improve your playing, or use the book as a refresher course.

This indispensible resource combines the best of For Dummies books, including Piano For Dummies, Keyboard For Dummies, Music Theory For Dummies, and Piano Exercises For Dummies to get you up and running in no time. The handy reference helps you to master the traditional black-and-white keys and gives you an understanding of the possibilities that unfold when those black-and-whites are connected to state-of-the-art music technology.

  • Discover the secrets for becoming a master on the piano and keyboard
  • Improve your skills with a wealth of easy-to-apply piano exercises
  • Tap into your creativity and get the lowdown on composing an original song
  • Find out how to use keyboards anywhere using external speakers, amps, home stereos, computers, and tablets
  • Dive right in! This comprehensive book offers the most complete learning experience for aspiring pianists, keyboard enthusiasts, and students of music.

    The go-to reference for aspiring pianists and keyboard players

    Piano & Keyboard All-in-One For Dummies makes it easier and more fun than ever to make music! If you don't know how to read music, this book explains in friendly, uncomplicated language all the basics of music theory, and applies it to playing the piano and keyboard. And if you've been playing for awhile—or took lessons when you were a child but haven't played since—you can pick up some valuable tips to improve your playing, or use the book as a refresher course.

    This indispensible resource combines the best of For Dummies books, including Piano For Dummies, Keyboard For Dummies, Music Theory For Dummies, and Piano Exercises For Dummies to get you up and running in no time. The handy reference helps you to master the traditional black-and-white keys and gives you an understanding of the possibilities that unfold when those black-and-whites are connected to state-of-the-art music technology.

  • Discover the secrets for becoming a master on the piano and keyboard
  • Improve your skills with a wealth of easy-to-apply piano exercises
  • Tap into your creativity and get the lowdown on composing an original song
  • Find out how to use keyboards anywhere using external speakers, amps, home stereos, computers, and tablets
  • Dive right in! This comprehensive book offers the most complete learning experience for aspiring pianists, keyboard enthusiasts, and students of music.

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    • Holly Day has created work that has appeared in over 3,000 print and electronic publications internationally.

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    • Introduction 1

      Book I: Piano & Keyboard 101 5

      Chapter 1: Warming Up to the Piano and Keyboard 7

      Chapter 2: Looking at the Different Keyboard Options 21

      Chapter 3: Choosing and Buying Your Keyboard 41

      Chapter 4: The Setup and Care of Your Instrument 63

      Chapter 5: Getting Comfy at the Keyboard 81

      Book II: Understanding Theory and the Language of Music 97

      Chapter 1: Looking at Notes and Beats 99

      Chapter 2: Stopping for a Rest 109

      Chapter 3: Tempo, Measures, and Time Signatures 115

      Chapter 4: Navigating Sheet Music 125

      Chapter 5: Varying Beats and Rhythms 137

      Book III: Beginning to Play 153

      Chapter 1: Playing a Melody 155

      Chapter 2: Working with Scales 171

      Chapter 3: Adding the Left Hand 187

      Chapter 4: Examining Form: Melody, Harmony, and Song Form 209

      Chapter 5: Keys, Key Signatures, and the Circle of Fifths 235

      Chapter 6: Building Chords to Accompany Melodies 257

      Book IV: Refining Your Technique and Exploring Styles 281

      Chapter 1: Adding Effects and Flair to Your Piano Playing 283

      Chapter 2: Getting into the Groove 305

      Chapter 3: Going Classical 325

      Chapter 4: Perusing Popular Genres and Forms 337

      Book V: Exercises: Practice, Practice, Practice 357

      Chapter 1: Developing Hand Technique 359

      Chapter 2: Extending Your Scales 387

      Chapter 3: Improving Finger Coordination and Footwork 409

      Chapter 4: Jumping Across the Keyboard 429

      Chapter 5: Exercising with Arpeggios and Alternating Hands 443

      Chapter 6: Stepping Up to Octaves and Chord Progressions 463

      Book VI: Exploring Electronic Keyboard Technology 479

      Chapter 1: Choosing Sounds and Effects 481

      Chapter 2: Adding Accompaniment, Rhythm Patterns, and Arpeggiation 499

      Chapter 3: Recording and Editing Your Sounds 525

      Chapter 4: Using Onboard Learning Systems 551

      Chapter 5: Playing Along with Recordings and Using Music Software 565

      Appendix: Accessing the Audio Tracks 593

      Index 601

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