How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons
What Music Is and How to Make It at HomeBook - 1976
Many of those who have reviewed this book here mention that it is a book on music theory. Yes there is some theory in this book and some of it is hard to find in other beginning piano books. I find the section on harmonic progression particularly enlightening. But rather than a book on theory, this is a cookbook with recipes for creating full sounding music out the vocal lines of sheet music, lead sheets, and "fake books". One criticism I have seen of this book is that the style of playing is only suitable for playing old standards, like those by Cole Porter or Rogers and Hart. This is partially true, but if you enjoy the kind of music that is the background in so many movies, particularly Woody Allen films, this book is a gold mine.
Publisher: Milwaukee, Wis. : Chappell Music Co., c1976
Branch Call Number: 786.3041 CANNEL
Characteristics: 239 p. : ill