Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Piano 5 Chapter 1: Preparing to Play a Piano 7 Chapter 2: Meeting the Keyboard Family 17 Chapter 3: Finding the Per fect Keyboard 29 Chapter 4: Taking Good Care of Your Keyboard 51 Chapter 5: Eighty-Eight Keys, Three Pedals, Ten Fingers, and Two Feet 59 Part II: Deciphering Squiggles on Paper to Create Sound 75 Chapter 6: Reading Lines and Spaces 77 Chapter 7: Joining the Rhythm Nation 91 Chapter 8: Changing the Beaten Path 113 Part III: One Hand at a Time 133 Chapter 9: Playing a Melody 135 Chapter 10: Scaling to New Heights 153 Chapter 11: Hey, Don't Forget Lefty! 169 Part IV: Living in Perfect Harmony 193 Chapter 12: The Building Blocks of Harmony 195 Chapter 13: Understanding Keys 215 Chapter 14: Filling Out Your Sound with Chords 229 Part V: Technique Counts for Everything 249 Chapter 15: Dressing Up Your Music 251 Chapter 16: Great Grooves 275 Chapter 17: Perusing the Aisle of Style 297 Part VI: The Part of Tens 321 Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Improve Your Practice and Performance 323 Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Supplement This Book 327 Chapter 20: Ten Questions to Ask Prospective Teachers 341 Appendix: About the Website: Audio Tracks and Video Clips 347 Index 353
Hal Leonard Corporation is a United States music publishing and distribution company founded in Winona, Minnesota, by Harold "Hal" Edstrom, his brother, Everett "Leonard" Edstrom, and fellow musician Roger Busdicker. Currently headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it is the largest sheet music publisher in the world. Adam Perlmutter is the author of Piano For Dummies, 3rd Edition, published by Wiley.