Practical Piano Illustrated: Keys, Scales, Chords & Theory for Beginners
This is an excellent book for beginners of all ages. Colorfully illustrated, the book begins by explaining scales and keys, then moves into chords and chord progressions. The basics of reading sheet music are covered, and the final chapter explains how to construct 12-bar blues type compositions.
The book will prove to be extremely useful to a new student. Keyboard diagrams clearly illustrate all the major scales, the natural minor scales and the blues scales. This leads to several chapters explaining chords, chord progressions and the basic theory behind intervals.
A new student would spend a lot of time researching and compiling all this information. I have attempted to compile all the information that a new student will need. I have tried to strike a balance between what is practical, and useful, right now tempered with an introduction to the larger study of music theory.
This is a book for beginners of all ages. Young students have all the information that they need, older students will find the content fresh and upbeat. I wanted to create a guidebook which was modern and efficient, yet present the material in depth to encourage further study.