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Piano Exercises For Dummies

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Beschreibung

The ideal hands-on reference for piano students who want to strengthen their skills and refine their technique--and the perfect companion and next step to the bestselling Piano For Dummies.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

David Pearl is the author of The Art of Steely Dan and Color Your Chords. His other books include Burt Bacharach Piano Solos, jazz transcriptions of artists such as Grover Washington, Jr. and Dave Douglas, and arrangements of jazz tunes, classical pieces, and opera arias for piano. He has taught piano and performed jazz and classical music professionally for more than 30 years.

Autorentext
David Pearl is the author of The Art of Steely Dan and Color Your Chords. His other books include Burt Bacharach Piano Solos, jazz transcriptions of artists such as Grover Washington, Jr. and Dave Douglas, and arrangements of jazz tunes, classical pieces, and opera arias for piano. He has taught piano and performed jazz and classical music professionally for more than 30 years.

Inhalt

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Conventions Used in This Book 2

What You're Not to Read 2

Foolish Assumptions 3

How This Book Is Organized 3

The CD 4

Icons Used in This Book 4

Where to Go from Here 5

Part I: Waking Up Your Fingers 7

Chapter 1: Getting Ready to Practice 9

Warming Up Away from the Instrument 9

Releasing tension and releasing your muscles 9

Breathing in an unending circle 10

Massaging, stretching, and contracting your hands 10

Warming up your wrists 12

Swinging and twisting your arms 13

Stretching your shoulders and neck 15

Working on your back 17

Stretching your hamstrings 17

Perfecting Practice with Proper Posture 18

Sitting at the piano: Height and angle 18

Getting a handle on proper hand position 19

Hands on the fallboard: Counting out loud and bouncing 20

Hands on the fallboard: Hand arches and finger drops 20

Hands on the fallboard: Rotation in and out, movement up and down the keyboard 21

Hands on the keyboard: Sound and movement on the keys 22

Overcoming other posture pitfalls 22

Chapter 2: Isolating and Exercising Your Fingers 23

Two-Finger Exercises for the Left Hand 23

Fingers one and two (left hand) 24

Fingers two and three (left hand) 24

Fingers three and four (left hand) 25

Fingers four and fi ve (left hand) 25

Two-Finger Exercises for the Right Hand 26

Fingers one and two (right hand) 26

Fingers two and three (right hand) 26

Fingers three and four (right hand) 27

Fingers four and fi ve (right hand) 27

Three-Finger Exercises for the Left Hand 28

Fingers one, two, and three (left hand) 28

Fingers two, three, and four (left hand) 28

Fingers three, four, and five (left hand) 29

Three-Finger Exercises for the Right Hand 29

Fingers one, two, and three (right hand) 29

Fingers two, three, and four (right hand) 30

Fingers three, four, and five (right hand) 30

Four-Finger Exercises for the Left Hand 31

Fingers one, two, three, and four (left hand) 31

Fingers two, three, four, and five (left hand) 31

Four-Finger Exercises for the Right Hand 32

Fingers one, two, three, and four (right hand) 32

Fingers two, three, four, and five (right hand) 32

Performance Piece: Come Back to Sorrento 33

Chapter 3: Music for Five Fingers 35

Smooth Articulation: Playing Legato 36

Legato exercise for the right hand 36

Legato exercise for the left hand 36

Short Articulation: Playing Staccato 37

Staccato exercise for the right hand 37

Staccato exercise for the left hand 37

Developing Right-Hand Finger Independence with Five-Finger Position Scales 38

Major: In sequence, out of sequence 38

Minor: In sequence, out of sequence 38

Whole tone: In sequence, out of sequence 39

Chromatic: In sequence, out of sequence 39

Developing Left-Hand Finger Independence with Five-Finger Position Scales 40

Major: In sequence, out of sequence 40

Minor: In sequence, out of sequence 40

Whole tone: In sequence, out of sequence 41

Chromatic: In sequence, out of sequence 41

Doubling the Fun: Putting the Hands Together 42

Legato articulation, five-finger positions 42

Staccato articulation, five-finger positions 43

Performance Piece: Paganini Variation for Ten Fingers 44

Part II: Developing a Strong, Supple, and Speedy Hand 45

Chapter 4: Passing Under and Crossing Over 47

One Under Two, Two Over One 48

One Under Three, Three Over One 49

One Under Four, Four Over One 50

Extending Scales with Crossovers and Pass-Unders 51

C- and G-major scale passages 51

B-fl at and F-major scale passages 52

Performance Piece: Aria from La Cenerentola 53

Chapter 5: Playing Intervals 55

Playing Seconds with Different Finger Combinations 55

Finger combination: Two and three 56

Finger combination: Three and four 57

Finger combination: One and two 58

Finger combination: Four and five 59

Playing Thirds with Different Finger Combinations 60

Finger combination: One and three 60

Finger combination: Two and four 61

Finger combination: Three and five 62

Finger combinations: One and four, two and five, one and five 63

Playing Fourths with Different Finger Combinations 64

Finger combinations: One and four, two and five 64

Finger combinations: One and three, one and two 65

Playing Fifths, Sixths, and Sevenths 66

Exercise in fifths 66

Exercise in fifths and sixths 67

Exercise in f...

Produktinformationen

Titel: Piano Exercises For Dummies
Autor:
EAN: 9780470451533
ISBN: 978-0-470-45153-3
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: For Dummies
Genre: Musik
Anzahl Seiten: 240
Veröffentlichung: 26.02.2013
Jahr: 2013
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 14.0 MB