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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Piano

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Piano

Mary Sue Taylor, Tere Stouffer Drenth

ISBN: 978-0-470-04570-1 March 2006 289 Pages




Want to go beyond "Chopsticks?" This visual guide to tickling the ivories will show you the way. By Chapter 2, you'll be playing simple pieces and practicing scales. You'll progress from getting familiar with notes, symbols, and keys to playing basic chords and reading music like a pro. Without getting bogged down in boring theory, you'll learn what you need to know and enjoy playing as you go! Whether you like Bach or rock, jazz or country, golden oldies or new age, you'll love learning to play the fun, visual way.

Concise two-page lessons show you all the crucial skills and are ideal for quick review

  • Each skill, chord, or technique is clearly described
  • Concise and understandable instructions accompany each photo
  • Detailed color photos demonstrate proper fingering technique
  • Helpful tips provide additional guidance
Chapter 1: The Piano.

The History of the Piano.

The Sounding Board.


The Keyboard.

Playing Position, Posture, and Hand Position.

Chapter 2: Reading Music and Playing Notes.

The Staff.

Notes on the Staff.

Sharps, Flats, and Naturals.

Key Signature and Time Signature.

Ledger Lines and Octave Signs.

Some Exercises.

How to Practice Your Fingering.

Chapter 3: Steps and Intervals.

Steps on the Piano Keyboard.

Keyboard Intervals.

Exercises in Steps and Intervals.


Answers to Intervals Test.

Chapter 4: Dynamics and Tempo.






Chapter 5: Warming Up.

Right-Hand Five-Finger Warm Ups with Numbers.

Left-Hand Five-Finger Warm Ups with Numbers.

Right-Hand Five-Finger Warm Ups with Note Names.

Left-Hand Five-Finger Warm Ups with Note Names.

Playing a Solo with Your Right Hand.

Playing Both Hands Together.

Playing without Finger Numbers or Note Names.

Chapter 6: Chords.

C Chord.

F Chord.

G Chord.

Solid and Broken Chords.

Crossing Fingers Over and Under.



Lead Sheets.

Three Jazz Pieces to Practice Chords.

Chapter 7: Meter, Harmony, and Movement.

Playing in Waltz Time.

Sight Reading.

Playing Four-Part Harmony.

Parallel Motion.


Contrary Motion.

Chapter 8: Advanced Musical Terms.

Staccato and Legato.

Repeat Signs.

How Fast and How Loud?


Additional Exercises.

Chapter 9: Advanced Chords.

Major-Minor Keys: Memorizing Key Signatures.

Major-Minor Triads: Building Thirds.

Suspended Fourth Chord.

Flat-Five Chord.

Sixth Chord.

Seventh Chord.

Chord Dictionary.

Playing Three Old Favorites.

Chapter 10: Musical Styles.



The Blues.

Boogie Woogie.


Rock ’n’ Roll.

New Age.

Improvising a Melody with Chords.

Making Up a Solo.

Additional Piano Pieces.

Famous Composers, Pianists, and Compositions.