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I've created this website to launch my new eBook called LEARN TO PLAY THE PIANO IN 12 LESSONS. I'm very excited about this because I believe that anyone can learn to play the piano on their own, without prior experience and without a teacher. If you've been wanting to learn the piano but have been putting it off relentlessly, this is the ebook for you. With the uncertain economic situation affecting all of us worldwide, learning to play the piano on your own is definitely a viable alternative to music lessons, at least when you're first starting out. And here's a special offer: my ebook is now only $9.99 (60% off the original price of $24.99) It's extremely affordable!

Written in simple English with beginners in mind, you'll learn things like these in 12 easy-to-learn lessons:

I know what you're thinking-but this is not a gimmick. I also won't promise you that my ebook will turn you into a Mozart or Chopin. What I can say is that it takes time to nurture your piano playing skills. Hopefully my ebook will whet your appetite enough to continue your journey through the wonderful realm of piano playing.

What's this? You say you don't have time or a piano? Have a look at my blog post here if you don't have time, or here if you don't have a piano. Read my FAQ section, and download my FREE eBook, 10 MYTHS ABOUT LEARNING THE PIANO. You'll need the free Adobe Reader to view the eBook.

Mr. Yeoh's book is delightful! I found the information straight forward and understandable. 12 easy lessons is just what it means!! Included are also bits of music Trivia and a dash of humor. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in beginning their journey to learn the piano. Looking forward to the next book!

Leisa Seals
Tucson, AZ
USA

Yay! This book is wonderful! I've played piano since I was a kid, (not much at all in the last 20 years tho) but just seeing this and looking through the lessons, you've really captured the heart and soul of the instrument. This is a great primer, and will certainly give you a jump-start on formal lessons. It will also let you know if the piano is or isn't the right instrument for you.

As for me... it's inspired me to get back to the keyboard and brush up on my skills; but more importantly has reminded me of that instrument that I get so much joy from by playing.

Heather Cone
Dayton, OH
USA

NEW! Listen to my piano performances in my blog, plus download your favorites as mp3's for a small donation, which will be a contribution to my "ticket fund" as I intend to make a trip to the United States as soon as funds permit. Thank you!

NEW! Have a look at my own personalized Amazon Store where you can find the latest keyboard deals and music stuff! Lots of books, too. If your browser doesn't support inline frames go to my Amazon Store here.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PIANO

The piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori in Florence, at the beginning of the 18th century. It was called the pianoforte because unlike the harpsichord (its predecessor) it was capable of tonal gradation from piano (soft) to forte (loud). Cristofori probably didn’t have much difficulty in achieving this, since the piano was essentially a percussion instrument.

The evolution of the piano has been extraordinary since those early beginnings. The harpsichord was on its way out, and the piano filled this void effortlessly. Composers such as Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven were particularly taken with this instrument (one has only to think of the numerous piano sonatas composed by the latter three). The piano reached extreme heights with composers like Liszt and Chopin (who composed exclusively for it).

What is so magical about the piano that almost everyone, musician or non-musician alike, is drawn to it? Its appearance might be a factor. Picture yourself looking at a beautiful concert grand piano—no other instrument looks as impressive as it does. And with that distinctive sound, there’s no mistaking any other instrument for it. Last but not least, it’s one of the very few musical instruments where you can play 10 notes at once with all your fingers. It sounds rich and complete on its own.

It wasn’t only classical composers who were interested in the piano. The jazz world was just as keen. Think of these pianists and composers in the 20th century—George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Errol Garner, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, the list is endless. Pop stars joined in too—Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby, Alicia Keys, Vanessa Carlton; again a long stream of players and composers. Although many musicians got caught up with other keyboard instruments in the 70’s and 80’s (particularly the electronic organ and synthesizer) the piano never really left. It just waited in the background. And now it’s back with a vengeance.

In my opinion, the allure of the piano has never diminished. Why do people of all ages take to it? For one thing, it’s easy to make a sound on this instrument—nobody has to tell you that you have to use your fingers to play it! But unless you want to sound like the proverbial kitten walking on the piano keys all your life, there will come a point where you’d want to learn the piano—properly.




























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