Piano & Keyboard All-in-One for Dummies

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  • Copyright: 2014-04-28
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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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.

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

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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