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Piano for dummies - Blake N.

Blake N. Piano for dummies - IDG, 1996. - 353 p.
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Electronic kiosk: Punch in the title, artist, label, or any other data you may know about the album, and in seconds you’ll get a printed form with the right information.
J1 Phonolog: This is an alphabetical listing of virtually every record ever made. Look up the album you want by title, artist, or even individual songs.
Using either method, gather as much album information as you can, ask the store to order it, return home, have a donut, and wait for them to call you. Life can be so easy sometimes.
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Shopping online
Avoid the traffic, stay in your pajamas, and shop for music from the comforts of your own home. That’s right: The Internet has many sites for ordering music. Some of them even allow you to listen to a sample of the recording before purchasing. Have your credit card information handy and check out the following:
I 1-800-Music Now: www. 1800mus i enow. com J1 Amazon: www. amazon . com J' CDNOW: www.cdnow.com J' CD Universe: www. cduni verse . com J1 Every CD: www. everyed . com J1 Tower Records: www .tower records, com
Visit libraries
Libraries aren’t just for books any more. Visit your local library and check out their collection of CDs. No, I mean literally check out their collection. That’s why it’s there.
After you find the Liberace CD you desire, the nice librarian will give you a set of headphones and a quiet place to sit and listen. Some libraries even let you take CDs home, but you’ll have to leave the headphones.
When a record store fails to locate an out of print CD, a library is the place to go. Of course, you probably won’t be able to take these hard-to-find ones home, but you still get a nice comfortable listening room.
Believe it or not, recorded music did exist before CDs. Many albums from the olden days still haven’t made it to CD. Your library is likely to have some of these recordings on LP, cassette, or (gulp!) 8-track. Many audiophiles and historians actually prefer the sound of analog to digital. . . er, LP to CD.
Join record clubs
If you want to build a CD collection, record clubs are the way to go. You’ve seen these “13 CDs for l<t” offers, right? They’re real! The club will send you a basket of CDs for one penny. You just have to agree to buy five more at regular price over the next three years, or something like that.
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Do the math; it’s not a bad value. You want to build your collection anyway, right? You’re likely to buy five CDs at regular price from a store in the next three years. So, this way you get 18 CDs for around $75.01 (don’t forget that penny!). This calculates to roughly $4.00 per CD. Beat that! Of course, you have to pay for shipping and handling (around $3.00 per CD), but this is a small price to pay for the savings you garner.
Make sure to always mail back the little card each month, whether you want to order music or not. It only costs you a single stamp. Otherwise, the club sends you the featured selection and charges you for it.
Most clubs offer a variety of genres: classical, jazz, pop, rock, New Age, easy listening, and everything else. A few clubs are genre-specific: classical only, jazz only, and so on. Here’s a couple of good starting places for you:
J Berkshire Record Outlet, Inc.: Route 102, Pleasant Street, Lee,
MA, 01238-9804; Phone: 413-243-4080. Web:
www.berkshirerecordoutlet.com
* Musical Heritage Society: 1710 Highway 35, Ocean, NJ, 07712; Phone: 908-531-7003
Borrou? from friends
My favorite way to build a collection is to borrow from friends. With the old “bait and switch” routine, chances are you’ll have a free CD for as long as you need it. Don’t stray from the following script, except to change the CD names to suit your needs:
You: “Can I borrow your Complete Bill Evans boxed set, Fred?”
Fred: “You must be crazy!”
You: “Oh, come on, please?”
Fred: “You’re not that good a friend.”
You: “Well [dramatic pause] . .. how ’bout this little Thelomous Monk at Carnegie disc?”
Fred: “Whatever. But not my Bill Evans boxed set!”
Got it? Enough said ... enjoy the free music.
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Attending Live Concerts
If you have a symphony orchestra in your city, buy a ticket. If not, it’s worth driving to the closest town that does have one. They will invite at least one pianist to appear as guest soloist each season. To see and hear a pianist live is wholly different from listening to a recording.
Listening to a recording gives you the most important part of the performance but not the entire picture. Watching a pianist play, you gain insight into playing habits, posture, finger dexterity, intensity, emotions, and overall skill. You subconsciously take this gained knowledge home with you and apply it to your own playing technique.
If you aren’t into classical music, find a jazz club, go to a hotel bar, visit a shopping mall during the holidays, or attend a rock concert. Just find live piano players, other than your Uncle Dave — unless, of course, his last name happens to be Brubeck — and watch them play.
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