Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More Ways To Learn With Focused Lesson Books At Yamaha MusicSoft!

As children, we experiment with the world around us, learning the rules and making meaning of our environment through playtime. Many theorists argue that play is the first form of learning. Some people learn best when the process is goal oriented or aided by motivation, while others prefer to figure things out at their own pace. There is a certain magic in the discovery of new ideas and skills, and learning to play an instrument can be a return to that childlike playtime mentality.

Sure there are rules to learn, but once you know them you can bend or break them. Then you can truly begin to explore music with creativity and expression. Yamaha MusicSoft offers a variety of lesson books to suit almost every type of piano or keyboard student. It is true that there are many ways to learn to play, but as long as you remember that playtime is fun, you'll be well on your way.

Here are some of our favorite lesson books available at Yamaha MusicSoft. Each book takes a different approach to learning. From focused technique building lessons and essential basics, to chord charts and standard fake books, there is something for every student at Yamaha Musicsoft!

The Complete Keyboard Player- Book 1
The Complete Keyboard Player course is easily one of our best selling lesson books, available in both a shippable hard copy book and our popular Digital Lesson Book format. This book starts at the beginning, offering traditional instruction for posture, and quickly moving into key identification, and chord structures. This lesson book gives general instruction that is focused on electronic keyboards, covering such universal topics as playing with auto-accompaniments and synchro-start functionality. Both the Digital version and the book include 15 audio examples for reference. Book 1 ends with a section that covers 7th chords, but don't worry.. there are 2 additional books in this series!

Amazing Phrasing - Keyboard
Amazing Phrasing is for any keyboard player interested in learning how to improvise and how to improve their creative phrasing. This method is divided into three parts: Melody – From scales to arpeggios, from using licks, riffs and runs to playing “outside,” this section focuses on melodic strategies for improvisation; Harmony – Whether comping or soloing, harmony is essential to improvisation, and this section covers it in detail; Rhythm & Style – Swing, laying back, shaping your phrases with accents ... this last section puts the finishing touches on your improvisational technique. You'll learn approaches to working with and around other musicians, and you'll practice comping and soloing over progressions in various styles – from rock to bossa nova to swing to bebop. Audio examples are included with this lesson book, which is also available in Digital Book format.

Piano Essentials
Learn piano basics, as required of every piano major at Berklee College of Music. This book contains exercises that 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.

The Simplified Fake Book
Fake Books make it easy to start playing right away! This book is part of the popular Fake Book series which includes "Your First Fake Book" and "The Easy Fake Book". This collection includes 100 favorite songs all in the key of C, complete with lyrics and simplified chords that remain true to each tune. It also features convenient stay-open binding, introductions to make the arrangements sound more polished, and large, easy-to-read music notation that beginners will love! The songs come from all musical genres including standards, rock, Broadway and film, love songs and more!

Playing Keyboard Bass Lines
This step-by-step approach to learning how to play left-hand bass lines at the keyboard includes examples and exercises covering the chord progressions and styles players will encounter. Keyboardists at all levels will benefit from this book's focus on: walking bass lines, playing in a “two-feel,” waltz time, Latin styles, putting both hands together, and more. The exercises for each chapter are recorded on the accompanying CD.


If a more complete course is what you're looking for, have a look at the Learn & Master Piano Course that we reviewed a few weeks ago.

~Drew