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Maran Illustrated Piano

Maran Illustrated Piano

ISBN 13: 9781592008643

ISBN 10: 159200864X

Author: maranGraphics Development Group

Pages: 304

Published: 03/15/2005

Print Book Price: $24.99 Add to cart

Produced by the award-winning maranGraphics group, Maran Illustrated Guide to Piano is a valuable resource to a wide range of readers-from people who want to play a few songs for their family in the living room to those who aspire to become serious musicians. Maran Illustrated Guide to Piano shows the reader the best way to perform each task, while the full-color photographs, music examples and clear, step-by-step instructions walk the reader through each task from beginning to end. Thorough topic introductions and useful tips provide additional information and advice to help enhance the readers’ piano experience. Maran Illustrated Guide to Piano is packed with essential information for readers who are sitting down in front of a piano for the first time, and will provide more experienced players with a refresher course on the basics and the opportunity to add more advanced techniques to their repertoire. Maran Illustrated Guide to Piano will cost less than the price of one private piano lesson and will be a permanent resource that will provide years of enjoyment.
  • Features a unique two-page spread, over 400 music examples, full-color photographs, songs, practice pieces, and color coding that appeal to and engage visual learners and simplify the learning process.
  • Using simple, easy-to-understand, and concise text, covers topics ranging from how to position your hands on the piano keyboard to more advanced topics such as performing trills and glissandos, playing the 12-bar blues, and how to improvise, making it a great reference for all skill levels.
  • Written using ?Visual Grammar,? a proven method that combines instructions with full-color screen shots to provide the best synergistic learning experience available.
  • Full-color photographs are taken from a variety of different zoom settings and camera angles to maximize the impact of each photograph.
  • MP3 files for all chords, notes, exercises, and practice pieces featured in the book are available at for download.
Author Bio
maranGraphics Development Group
maranGraphics Development Group combines the efforts of many talented people. An industry expert in the field of each book and Maran's own writers work together to produce books that are highly visual, technically sound, easy for readers to understand, and adhere to maranGraphics' standards of structuring to provide the best learning experience.
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Table of Contents
1. Piano Basics
2. The Basics of Reading Music
3. Basic Hand Positions
4. Playing Scales
5. Playing Chords
6. Beyond the Basics of Reading Music
7. Tips to Improve Your Playing
8. Special Playing Techniques
9. Improvising and Playing with Others
10. Styles of Music
11. Buying and Caring for Your Piano
12. Quick Reference