Taking the fundamentals of music and presenting them in a practical, hands-on approach, using easy-to-follow explanations and exercises, this guide advocates a practical approach, using active learning. Each chapter includes diagrams, examples, clear explanations, helpful hints and self-tests before moving on, which together should create a sense of achievement. It is suitable for complete beginners and assumes no previous knowledge.
Table of Contents
Using this book; introducing rhythm; the keyboard; the staff; combining rhythm, notation and keyboard playing; the bass clef; reading and playing using both hands; three new notes in bass clef and 3/4 time; quavers; simple accompaniments; new notes in the G hand position; accidentals; intervals; major scales; the key of F major; completing the notes on the staff and the circles of fifths; 6/8 time; minor scales; major triads; more about triads; semiquavers and triplets.
Margaret Richer has an MA in music with a specialisation in teaching piano. She has taught piano and music theory to adults for several years.