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Piano Essentials

Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, and Cadences for the Contemporary Pianist

By Ross Ramsay

Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, and Cadences for the Contemporary Pianist. Berklee Press. Instruction. Softcover Audio Online. 112 pages. Published by Berklee Press (HL.50448046).

Item Number: HL.50448046

ISBN 9780876390498. 9x12 inches.

Learn piano basics, as required of every piano major at Berklee College of Music. The exercises featured in this book will help you improve your sight-reading skills, and memorize new material in less time and with more confidence. Scales, chords, arpeggios, and cadences will improve your tone, dynamic range, and sense of rhythm. You will become more comfortable with fingerings, develop speed and agility on the keyboard, and will build a foundation for further study. Play-along accompaniment tracks and performance examples will help you apply your skills to a variety of contemporary styles. The material is based on Berklee College of Music's Level 1 and 2 piano proficiency requirements and provides a solid foundation for advanced keyboard study.

The audio is accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.

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  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Nikki Heyward
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • November 12, 2005 Great foundation

    I got this book about 3 weeks ago and already its improved my skills in a number of areas. Everything is organized in such a way that you just automatically progress. The incluion of every scale with chords gives you a good warm-up for every practice. The really cool...

    thing about this book is it doesn't overwhelm you with theory, but has just enough for you to understand (or remember if you forgot)the basics. I feel that even after you advance you could still use this book as a review and a warm-up. Great for beginners and those of us wanting a a good basis for review or practice. The only thing I wish they would've thought of was to use a ring binding instead of regular book. That way you can lay the book out on the music stand better.

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