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Piano & Keyboard All-in-One For Dummies


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Book 1: 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 39 Chapter 4: The Setup and Care of Your Instrument 61 Chapter 5: Getting Comfy at the Keyboard 79 Book 2: Understanding Theory and the Language of Music 93 Chapter 1: Looking at Notes and Beats 95 Chapter 2: Stopping for a Rest 105 Chapter 3: Tempo, Measures, and Time Signatures 111 Chapter 4: Navigating Sheet Music 121 Chapter 5: Varying Beats and Rhythms 133 Book 3: Beginning to Play 149 Chapter 1: Playing a Melody 151 Chapter 2: Working with Scales 167 Chapter 3: Adding the Left Hand 183 Chapter 4: Examining Form: Melody, Harmony, and Song Form 205 Chapter 5: Keys, Key Signatures, and the Circle of Fifths 229 Chapter 6: Building Chords to Accompany Melodies 249 Book 4: Refining Your Technique and Exploring Styles 273 Chapter 1: Adding Effects and Flair to Your Piano Playing 275 Chapter 2: Getting into the Groove 297 Chapter 3: Going Classical 317 Chapter 4: Perusing Popular Genres and Forms 327 Book 5: Exercises: Practice, Practice, Practice 347 Chapter 1: Developing Hand Technique 349 Chapter 2: Extending Your Scales 377 Chapter 3: Improving Finger Coordination and Footwork 399 Chapter 4: Jumping Across the Keyboard 419 Chapter 5: Exercising with Arpeggios and Alternating Hands 433 Chapter 6: Stepping Up to Octaves and Chord Progressions 453 Book 6: Exploring Electronic Keyboard Technology 469 Chapter 1: Choosing Sounds and Effects 471 Chapter 2: Adding Accompaniment, Rhythm Patterns, and Arpeggiation 489 Chapter 3: Recording and Editing Your Sounds 515 Chapter 4: Using Onboard Learning Systems 543 Chapter 5: Playing Along with Recordings and Using Music Software 557 Appendix: Accessing the Audio Tracks 583 Index 591

About the Author

Holly Day and Michael Pilhofer are co-authors of all editions of Music Theory For Dummies and Music Composition For Dummies. Blake Neely was a contributing author to the 2nd edition of Piano For Dummies. David Pearl is author of Piano Exercises For Dummies. Jerry Kovarksy is a contributing writer to Electronic Musician magazine.

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