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Piano & Keyboard All-in-One For Dummies

By: Holly Day and Jerry Kovarsky Published: 08-04-2020

The comprehensive go-to guide for building keyboard skills 

Being able to play a tune on the piano can bring you a lifetime of sheer aesthetic pleasureÂand put you in serious demand at parties! Whatever your motivation for tinkling the ivories, the latest edition of Piano & Keyboard All-In-One For Dummies gives you the essentials you need both to build your playing skills and expand your knowledge of music theory, from deciding what keyboard suits you best to musing on the science of what makes music so emotionally compelling. 

This indispensable resource combines the best of Piano For Dummies, Keyboard For Dummies, Music Theory For Dummies, and Piano Exercises For Dummies and includes practice strategies, as well as access to streaming and downloadable audio to help guide your progress. In addition to becoming acquainted with the latest in music theory, youÂll learn to develop your sight-reading skills and performance techniques Âuntil you can reproduce pieces flawlessly on request!  

  • Choose and care for your keyboard 
  • Practice until perfect 
  • Compose your own songs 
  • Hook up to speakers, computers, and more 

Learning to play the keys is a never-ending journey of new discoveries and joy, and thereÂs no better companion on your voyage than this friendly, erudite, and comprehensive guide.   

P.S. If you think this book seems familiar, youÂre probably right. The Dummies team updated the cover and design to give the book a fresh feel, but the content is the same as the previous release of Piano and Keyboard AIO For Dummies (9781118837429). The book you see here shouldnÂt be considered a new or updated product. But if youÂre in the mood to learn something new, check out some of our other books. WeÂre always writing about new topics!

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Piano and Keyboard All-In-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 02-15-2022

Playing piano and various keyboard instruments can become a lifelong passion, so be careful what you wish for. But it all starts with — and often, even for the masters, comes back to — the basics. This includes scales, posture, and determining which type of keyboard you'd like to play.

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How to Play Country on the Piano or Keyboard

Article / Updated 03-24-2017

Before there was rock and roll, there was country. And believe it or not, you can play country on the piano or keyboard. This style often sounds relaxed, lyrical, simple, and grassroots-ish, but it ain’t afraid to rock, roll, and rumble. Artists like Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain, and Brad Paisley put all kinds of musical influences in their country music, including elements of rock, blues, and even jazz. Influences aside, though, the folks in Nashville still call it country. Country-style cooking To enhance your musical dish with the tastes of country on the piano, add some of these stylistic flavorings: Intervals Grace notes Tremolos Bum-ba-di-da bass line A ten-gallon hat, a pair of boots, and maybe even a nice and shiny belt buckle (purchased from a local Western store) Finger-pickin’ good This example is a nice, relaxed-sounding slice of the country music style. The right-hand intervals are unique in that the melody notes are actually on the bottom while the top notes stay the same. Grace notes and tremolos peppered throughout give this example the feeling of an Old West saloon. The left-hand accompaniment pattern is challenging, so practice each hand separately until you can confidently put them together. After this inspiring tune, you may find yourself adding a saddlebag to your piano bench.

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How to Play Songs with Harmonic Intervals on the Piano or Keyboard

Step by Step / Updated 02-21-2017

As a beginning piano or keyboard player, you will start out with simple songs. Once you get some practice, you’ll be getting antsy for something more complicated. Feeling ready to play songs with more harmony? Each of the following songs explores different ways to use harmonic intervals.

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Pedal Exercises for the Piano or Keyboard

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

You can use the pedal on the piano or keyboard to achieve different effects with your musical sound and add a whole new dimension to your playing. Give these exercises a try for some practice.

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Jump Exercises for the Piano or Keyboard

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

The key to making good, accurate jumps on the piano or keyboard is the same whether the jump is big or small: Maintain a comfortable, balanced hand position as you jump from the starting hand position across the keyboard to your landing destination. Jumping with an overextended pinky and your hand outstretched like the descent of a giant hawk upon its prey is very common. Instead, the image you want to keep in mind is of a frog jumping from lily pad to lily pad. A frog starts and lands with its body centered over the lily pad, contracting to the same closed, restful shape. Your hands are frogs. As they jump from one position to another, they should look the same before and after the jump. You can practice this skill with every exercise.

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Broken Chord Exercises for the Piano or Keyboard

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

To expand your piano expertise, you should try some broken chord exercises. Broken-chord patterns are common in accompaniment figures and can help make you a well-rounded player. Check out these four patterns found in a wide range of styles.

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Great Finales for the Piano or Keyboard

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

The band is building up to the final chord, and it’s time for the big finish. Why not add a little piano or keyboard as a finale? The singer belts the last lyric, and it’s up to you to drop the curtain. Quick! Grab a handful of these finales and you’re sure to receive an encore request.

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Great Intros for the Piano or Keyboard

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

When the singer needs a good intro, who’s going to play it? The drummer? Probably not. You are. A piano or keyboard intro is a great addition to a song. And it can’t be any old intro — it’s gotta be good. The audience has a tendency to talk between songs, so it’s your job to shut ’em up and announce the start of the new song.

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How to Play Handoffs on the Piano or Keyboard

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

On a piano or keyboard, a handoff is achieved by passing a melodic line from one hand to the other. Typically your left hand will hand off an ascending line to your right hand, and vice versa. A hand crossover is for when you find it handy (and impressive) to cross one hand over the other to grab a note or a chord or two. Even if showing off isn’t your thing, the exercises here help bring both hands to an equal level, because they’re collaborating on the main musical part instead of one supporting the other. As you hand off the scale from hand to hand, you want a smooth transition. Try to fool your ears; the handoff should be so smooth that you can’t tell where one hand takes over from the other. And you should hear no noticeable change in dynamic or articulation. Some of these techniques look complicated written on the grand staff! Unless marked with a “R.H.” or “L.H.” your right hand will play the notes on the top staff, and your left hand will play the notes on the bottom staff.

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How to Play Songs with Chords on the Piano or Keyboard

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

These songs give you some experience adding chords to familiar songs on the piano or keyboard. As you play the songs, try to identify the chords as you play them in the left hand and match them to the chord symbols written above the treble staff. First locate the chord root, then the third, fifth, and seventh (if included). If you notice any chord inversions, see how they affect the chord progression and melody.

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