The piano will help you add a touch of fun to your life, impress your friends at parties, and even reduce stress. It even makes you better at math (really!). Piano Exercises For Dummies is at your service as you learn to make those 88 black and white keys sing. You’ll get a quick overview of the basics before diving into practice routines and sample songs that you can use to improve your skill, whatever your level. This book gives you online access to audio files of the exercises along with digital access to the sheet music shared in the book. Learn from an experienced pianist, composer, and arranger, and start making beautiful music, the Dummies way!
- Refresh your knowledge of the piano basics so you’re poised and prepared to play the right way
- Play enjoyable practice exercises and songs designed to teach specific skills and techniques in all genres
- Go online to access all the audio files, anytime, anywhere
- Bring a little more joy into your life by stepping up your piano know-how
Piano Exercises For Dummies is for people who love playing the piano and want to improve the way they play. I include more than 150 exercises, tips, and explanations to help you gain a greater understanding of your mental and physical approach to the piano. When you combine these exercises with a deeper understanding of how the piano works as an instrument, you can improve the quality of the music you make.
There is a certain paradox in linking exercise with playing the piano: Goals of building muscle strength and developing endurance through repetitive drills, and a “no pain, no gain” mindset don’t apply to music making. You can neither improve nor enjoy playing the piano if you’re bored, uncomfortable, or in pain. My goal is to encourage you to become more mentally and physically engaged as you play. To that end, I include exercises that are fun and have plenty of variation in style, key, and tempo, so that your active participation will lead you to useful discoveries about the way you play the piano.