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.
From the Back Cover The fun and easy way to tune up your technique and improve your playing Is the piano your passion? This easy–to–read guide is bursting with fun exercises designed to hone your piano–playing technique, from warm–ups and major and minor scales to octaves, chord cadences, and more. You'll play challenging rhythms, practice with different tempos, play a performance piece at the end of each chapter, and find inspiration for performing music your way. Warm up away from the piano — release tension in your hands, wrists, and arms and go to the piano feeling loose and comfortable Wake up those fingers — perfect your hand position and develop left and right hand finger independence Develop greater control — practice smoother finger crossovers and pass– unders for speedier scales and arpeggios Incorporate greater movement
— play chords without tension, jump across the keyboard, and move with ease in parallel and contrary motion Ramp up your skills
— perfect your pedaling, play grace notes, trills, and other fancy ornaments
Open the book and find: More than 150 exercises that vary in style, key, and tempo Major and minor scales Blues, diminished and chromatic scales Finger, rhythm, and chord progression exercises Left–hand accompanimentpatternsPerformance pieces with every chapterTen one–page dance pieces