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Piano for dummies - Blake N.

Blake N. Piano for dummies - IDG, 1996. - 353 p.
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The World Wide Web is a wonderful resource for finding just about anything. Simply do a search for “printed music,” and you’ll find what you need with a few clicks of the mouse. Check out Sheet Music Direct at
www.sheetmusicd irect.com.
You can contact any of the following companies to get a catalog of their offerings:
i1 Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.: 16380 Roscoe Boulevard, P.O. Box 10003, Van Nuys, CA, 91410-0003; Phone: 818-891-5999. Web:
www.a 1fredpub.com.
i1 Carl Fischer, Inc.: 62 Cooper Square, New York, NY, 10003; Phone: 212-777-0900. Web: ww.carlfischer.com.
i1 Cherry Lane Music Company: 10 Midland Avenue, Port Chester, NY, 10573; Phone: 800-637-2852. Web: www.cherry 1ane.com.
* Hal Leonard Corporation: 7777 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI, 53213; Phone: 800-554-0626. Web: www .halleonard.com.
J1 Mel Bay Publishing, Inc.: #4 Industrial Drive, Pacific, MO,
63069-0066; Phone: 800-8-MEL-BAY (863-5229). Web: www. mel bay . com.
J' Music Sales: 257 Park Avenue South, New York, NY, 10010; Phone: 800-431-7187. Web: www .musicsales.com.
J1 Sher Music Company: P.O. Box 445, Petaluma, CA, 94953; Phone: 800-444-7437. Web: ww.shermusi c.com.
J1 Warner Bros. Publications: 15800 NW 48th Avenue, Miami, FL, 33014; Phone: 800-327-7643. Web: ww.warnerbros.com.
Cubing u/ith Others
Nothing teaches music better than playing music. After a while, you may feel in the mood for collaboration. Lucky for you the concept of piano duets, ensembles, and bands came along.
292 Part VII: The Part of Tens
In any city, college, or university, you can easily find other musicians who simply love to play together, and I’m not talking about playing video games.
Piano duets
Find a friend, sibling, parent, or teacher who will share the piano bench with you and play the lower or upper part of a duet. Many songs are available in duet form, where each player gets their own printed music showing which part of the piano to play. But playing a duet is not a race. You start, stop, and play the song together.
Ensembles
Many ensembles require a pianist. In the world of classical music, a piano trio features a piano and two other instruments — typically a violin and a cello. In the world of jazz, a quartet might include a piano, drums, bass, and saxophone. Find friends who need a third or fourth wheel and climb on board.
Virtually every major composer has written specifically for trios, quartets, and other size ensembles, so the repertoire of pieces you and your friends can play is endless.
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Bands
With you on keyboard, all you need is a drummer, bassist, guitarist, and maybe a singer, and you’ve got yourself a band. Whether you’re just having fun in the garage or actually pursuing gigs, playing in a band can be fun and rewarding.
Everyone in a band should be on an equal playing field. Having band members with similar playing proficiency as you — that is, not much better or much worse — will keep those intra-band rivalries to a minimum.
Having trouble finding someone else to play with? Call a friend, buy her lunch, and drive to your local bookstore. As you approach the large display of black-and-yellow books, talk glowingly about the allure of fame, the glamour of touring, and the joys of forming a band. When you have your friend’s attention, grab Guitar For Dummies, by Mark Phillips and Jon Chappel, published by IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., and head quickly toward the cash register.
Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Go Beyond This Book
As you and your band or ensemble improve, invite friends to come hear you practice. Play songs that your audience wants to hear, or make up your own. When you’re convinced that you’re really good, solicit interest from local venues — bars, restaurants, hotels, bridge clubs — and play for a bigger crowd. A hobby can easily become a career if you work at it hard enough.
Listening to CDs
Buy them, borrow them, just get your hands on some CDs that you like and listen, listen, listen! Read through Chapter 18 and find some artists and recordings that interest you.
Listening to other pianists gives you insight into the quality of your own playing as well as stylistic ideas you can borrow to liven up your performance. Plus, being inspired is always motivating.
Perusing record stores
You’ll find a record store on nearly every major street in every major city — humans buy lots of records. Some of these can be expensive, but many record labels — especially the classical ones — offer varied price ranges. Make sure you check every listing under a particular artist, and you may find the same performance for much less money.
It pays to patronize record stores that allow in-store listening, allowing you to sample any CD in the store for as long as you like before you ever let a dime fall from your pocket. One bit of caution: Try not to sing out loud or dance provocatively until after you’ve purchased the CD.
If you can’t find it, order it. Most any record store can order most any album you desire, as long as it is still in print. The store should have one or two ways to look up the album information:
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