Knack Piano for Everyone: A Step-by-Step Guide to Notes, Chords, and Playing Basics by Margaret Ann MartinKnack Piano for Everyone: A Step-by-Step Guide to Notes, Chords, and Playing Basics by Margaret Ann Martin

Knack Piano for Everyone: A Step-by-Step Guide to Notes, Chords, and Playing Basics

byMargaret Ann MartinPhotographed byKeira Schwarz

Paperback | February 9, 2010

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Download play-along audio tracks at Knack Piano for Everyone is a self-instruction book for beginners to intermediates, fully illustrated with full-color photographs and musical notation. The book will teach readers everything a beginner should know about the instrument itself-the parts, different kinds of pianos, care for pianos-and then provide the basics of reading piano music and playing. Download play-along audio tracks at The book will include: * An explanation of how the piano works. * An exploration of the instrument, sitting correctly, playing all over the keyboard on the black keys. * Finding familiar tunes on the piano. * Music notation, where it comes from, directions (up and down) on the keyboard and on the music page. Lessons will be geared toward achievable results for the reader without any prior knowledge of music, but also contain sidebars on various styles and techniques for the more advanced reader. By the end of the book, the reader will be able to play some basic songs, including some that will be provided in the Appendix.
Margaret Ann Martin graduated with a Masters Degree in Piano from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. She has been teaching piano and composition at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven for more than twenty years.
Title:Knack Piano for Everyone: A Step-by-Step Guide to Notes, Chords, and Playing BasicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 8.5 × 0.71 inPublished:February 9, 2010Publisher:Globe Pequot PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1599217813

ISBN - 13:9781599217819

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Table of Contents

Knack Piano for Everyone with CD Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Getting Acquainted Choosing a PianoMoving Around the KeyboardPedalsFinger Patterns and NumbersListeningA Jump Start on Rhythm Notation Chapter 2: Music Notation Rhythm and Note ValuesMore RhythmFrom Whence Notation?Treble and Bass Clefs The Grand Staff"Oh, Susanna!" in Notation Chapter 3: More Basics Rhythms of Famous Tunes Marker Notes and IntervalsMore Intervals Around Marker Notes Fingering Relates to IntervalsSymbols for Silence Chapter 4: Let's Play! Basic ExercisesTreble Clef MelodiesBass Clef Melodies Piano Melodies More Grand Staff Tunes (and Some Advice)The Octave Sign Chapter 5: Keys, Steps, Markers Black Key NamesNaturalsHalf Steps and Whole StepsEnharmonic KeysNew Markers: High G, Low FThe Symmetry of the Cs Chapter 6: Five-finger Patterns Eighth NotesMajor Five-finger PatternsPlaying Five-finger PatternsMinor Five-finger PatternsTopography of PatternsPracticing the Major/Minor Patterns Chapter 7: ChordsOut of the Five-finger Patterns-Chords Blocked and Broken TriadsIntervals: 6ths Triad Inversions: First InversionSecond InversionTriads with Black Keys Chapter 8: Perfect Fifths, etc.Perfect Fifths, Perfect AccompanimentsChromatic Scales in Perfect FifthsDotted Quarter and Eighth Note "Oh, Susanna!" AgainTriplets in MusicMore Music Chapter 9: The Major ScaleAn Easy Way to Play a ScaleScale Patterns of Half and Whole Steps The C Major "Template"Again, Beginning on a Different KeyScale Degrees NumberedThe Magic Circle of Fifths Chapter 10: QuestionsMusic and QuestionsMusic to Analyze Organizing Practice TimeDynamic VarietyRitardando, Fermata, a TempoMore Music Chapter 11: More ScalesD-Flat Major ScaleAnother Scale Using All Five Black KeysTechnique of White Key ScalesC Major Scale in Contrary MotionTopography of ScalesCircle of Fifths, Again Chapter 12: Minor KeysThe Family of KeysHarmonic Minor, The Snake CharmerMelodic MinorRelating Minor to Major Music with Minor SoundMore Minor Music Chapter 13: Building Chords Triads on Every Note of the Scale Other Keys, Other Triads Primary Chords Primary Chords for a Simple Tune Break the Blocks; Add Syncopation Simple Tunes to Accompany Chapter 14: Put It Together Find Chords for Other Popular Tunes A Two-Hand Accompaniment Transpose! Same Tune in the Key of F Major Same Tune in the Key of D Major Rhythms for Accompaniments Chapter 15: Smooth Connections Connecting I and V in the Left Hand Connecting I and V in the Right Hand Connecting I and IV in the Left Hand Connecting I and IV in the Right Hand Start the Progression in Different Positions Music for Smooth Connections Chapter 16: Hands TogetherAccompany with Fifths and Sixths Music TKSwitch HandsAccompany Each Note of the Major ScaleChallenge Your BrainMusic TK Chapter 17: Duets=More FunSitting Together on One or Two BenchesMusic for DuetsPractice TipsMore Tips for Duet PlayingMusic for Duet PlayingMore Music for Duet Playing Chapter 18: Use Your KnowledgePractice TipsHow Does It Feel?Slow and Steady Wins the RaceThe MetronomeFingers, Hands and Brain Are ExercisedMusic TK Chapter 19: ArpeggiosArpeggiated A Major TriadA Major Chord Within an OctaveOne Note at a TimeEqual Time for the Other HandOpen-Chord AccompanimentMusic TK Chapter 20: Expanding Your Piano HorizonsResourcesSuggested Books, CD's And Videos