Piano Exercises for Dummies (gratis en pdf)

Procedente de las aportaciones de nuestro grupo de Facebook Partituras para piano!, grupo que os animo a seguir, os dejo este libro que complementa el ya subido Piano for Dummies (uno de los posts más visitados de nuestro blog). Contiene numerosos ejercicios para ir aprendiendo poco a poco, trabajar las manos por separado, etc.

Espero que os guste!



Introduction 1
About This Book 1
Conventions Used in This Book 2
What You’re Not to Read 2
Foolish Assumptions 3
How This Book Is Organized 3
The CD 4
Icons Used in This Book 4
Where to Go from Here 5
Part I: Waking Up Your Fingers 7
Chapter 1: Getting Ready to Practice 9
Warming Up Away from the Instrument 9
Releasing tension and releasing your muscles 9
Breathing in an unending circle 10
Massaging, stretching, and contracting your hands 10
Warming up your wrists 12
Swinging and twisting your arms 13
Stretching your shoulders and neck 15
Working on your back 17
Stretching your hamstrings 17
Perfecting Practice with Proper Posture 18
Sitting at the piano: Height and angle 18
Getting a handle on proper hand position 19
Hands on the fallboard: Counting out loud and bouncing 20
Hands on the fallboard: Hand arches and finger drops 20
Hands on the fallboard: Rotation in and out, movement up and down the keyboard 21
Hands on the keyboard: Sound and movement on the keys 22
Overcoming other posture pitfalls 22
Chapter 2: Isolating and Exercising Your Fingers 23
Two-Finger Exercises for the Left Hand 23
Fingers one and two (left hand) 24
Fingers two and three (left hand) 24
Fingers three and four (left hand) 25
Fingers four and fi ve (left hand) 25
Two-Finger Exercises for the Right Hand 26
Fingers one and two (right hand) 26
Fingers two and three (right hand) 26
Fingers three and four (right hand) 27
Fingers four and fi ve (right hand) 27
Three-Finger Exercises for the Left Hand 28
Fingers one, two, and three (left hand) 28
Fingers two, three, and four (left hand) 28
Fingers three, four, and five (left hand) 29
Three-Finger Exercises for the Right Hand 29
Fingers one, two, and three (right hand) 29
Fingers two, three, and four (right hand) 30
Fingers three, four, and five (right hand) 30
Four-Finger Exercises for the Left Hand 31
Fingers one, two, three, and four (left hand) 31
Fingers two, three, four, and five (left hand) 31
Four-Finger Exercises for the Right Hand 32
Fingers one, two, three, and four (right hand) 32
Fingers two, three, four, and five (right hand) 32
Performance Piece: “Come Back to Sorrento” 33
Chapter 3: Music for Five Fingers 35
Smooth Articulation: Playing Legato 36
Legato exercise for the right hand 36
Legato exercise for the left hand 36
Short Articulation: Playing Staccato 37
Staccato exercise for the right hand 37
Staccato exercise for the left hand 37
Developing Right-Hand Finger Independence with Five-Finger Position Scales 38
Major: In sequence, out of sequence 38
Minor: In sequence, out of sequence 38
Whole tone: In sequence, out of sequence 39
Chromatic: In sequence, out of sequence 39
Developing Left-Hand Finger Independence with Five-Finger Position Scales 40
Major: In sequence, out of sequence 40
Minor: In sequence, out of sequence 40
Whole tone: In sequence, out of sequence 41
Chromatic: In sequence, out of sequence 41
Doubling the Fun: Putting the Hands Together 42
Legato articulation, five-finger positions 42
Staccato articulation, five-finger positions 43
Performance Piece: Paganini Variation for Ten Fingers 44
Part II: Developing a Strong, Supple, and Speedy Hand 45
Chapter 4: Passing Under and Crossing Over 47
One Under Two, Two Over One 48
One Under Three, Three Over One 49
One Under Four, Four Over One 50
Extending Scales with Crossovers and Pass-Unders 51
C- and G-major scale passages 51
B-fl at and F-major scale passages 52
Performance Piece: Aria from La Cenerentola 53
Chapter 5: Playing Intervals 55
Playing Seconds with Different Finger Combinations 55
Finger combination: Two and three 56
Finger combination: Three and four 57
Finger combination: One and two 58
Finger combination: Four and five 59
Playing Thirds with Different Finger Combinations 60
Finger combination: One and three 60
Finger combination: Two and four 61
Finger combination: Three and five 62
Finger combinations: One and four, two and five, one and five 63
Playing Fourths with Different Finger Combinations 64
Finger combinations: One and four, two and five 64
Finger combinations: One and three, one and two 65
Playing Fifths, Sixths, and Sevenths 66
Exercise in fifths 66
Exercise in fifths and sixths 67
Exercise in fifths, sixths, and sevenths 68
Performance Piece: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” 69
Chapter 6: Playing Chords Without Tension 71
Chord Relaxation 71
A simple two-chord progression 72
A longer progression 72
Voicing Chords 73
Chord Repetition 74
Pulsing rhythms 74
Changing dynamics 75
Simple Progressions, Adding Small Arm Motions 75
Progression #176
Progression #2 76
Chord and Melody Combination Exercises 77
Chord and melody combo #1 77
Chord and melody combo #2 78
Chord and melody combo #3 79
Performance Piece: “Battle Hymn of the Republic” 80
Part III: Including Your Arms and Body 81
Chapter 7: Extending Your Scales 83
The 12 Major, Harmonic Minor, and Melodic Minor Scales 83
The Three Diminished Scales 90
The Chromatic Scale 91
The 12 Blues Scales 91
Gaining Greater Command of Scales 95
Performance Piece: Variation VII from “Variations on ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’” 97
Chapter 8: Parallel and Contrary Motion 99
Parallel Movement at the Octave 99
Parallel octave exercise #1 100
Parallel octave exercise #2 101
Parallel Movement at the Interval 102
Parallel sixths 102
Parallel tenths 103
Contrary Motion Away from the Center 104
Scalewise motion away from the center 104
Chromatic motion away from the center 105
Contrary Motion Toward the Center 106
Scalewise motion toward the center 106
Patterns toward the center 107
Combination Movement Exercise 108
Performance Piece: “Turkey in the Straw” 109
Chapter 9: Footwork: Using the Damper Pedal 111
Pedaling Chords 111
Broken-chord pedaling 113
Block-chord pedaling 114
Pedaling Changes on a Single Line 115
Uniform pedal changes 115
Varied pedal changes 116
Pedaling for Effect 117
Blurred lines and long sustains 117
Sustaining as the hands leave the keyboard 118
Performance Piece: “Simple Gifts” 119
Chapter 10: Jumping Across the Keyboard 121
Jumping and Landing Accuracy Skills 121
Note-to-note jumps 122
Note-to-chord jumps 123
Chord-to-chord jumps 124
Mastering More Complicated Jumps 125
Accents on the downbeat 125
Accents on the upbeat 126
Jumping with Both Hands Together 127
Two-hand parallel motion jumps 127
Two-hand contrary motion jumps 128
Left-Hand Accompaniment Patterns (With Pedal) 129
Bass-note-to-chord pattern in 4/4 129
Bass-note-to-chord pattern in 3/4 130
Left-Hand Accompaniment Patterns (Without Pedal) 131
Ragtime and stride pattern 131
Waltz pattern 132
Performance Piece: “Lily Pad Rag” 133
Part IV: Integration and Independence 135
Chapter 11: Playing Arpeggios 137
Finger Jumps 137
Jumping thirds 138
Jumping fourths 139
Jumping fifths 140
The Arpeggiator 141
Triad arpeggio exercise #1 141
Triad arpeggio exercise #2 142
Seventh-chord arpeggio exercise 143
Broken Chords (And How to Fix Them) 144
Alberti bass exercise 144
Guitar-style broken chord exercise 145
Blues-style broken chord exercise 146
Octave and extended broken chord exercise 147
Performance Piece: “Harp Heaven” 148
Chapter 12: Alternating Hands 151
Hand-to-Hand Scale Handoffs 151
Scale handoff exercise #1 152
Scale handoff exercise #2 153
Hand-to-Hand Arpeggio Handoffs 153
Arpeggio handoff exercise #1 154
Arpeggio handoff exercise #2 155
Crossing Over 156
Crossing over with the right hand 156
Crossing over with the left hand 157
One Hand on Top 158
Right hand on top exercise 158
Left hand on top exercise 158
Extreme Keyboard Positions 159
Full Keyboard Exercises 160
Full Keyboard arpeggios 160
Full Keyboard triads 161
Full Keyboard seventh chords 162
Chord “Drumming” 163
Performance Piece: “El Choclo” 164
Chapter 13: Stretching Out with Octaves and Broken Octaves 165
Opening Up to the Octave 165
Octave scale exercise 166
Octave interval exercise 167
Octave Jumps 168
Exercise with shorter jumps 168
Exercise with longer jumps 169
Broken Octaves 170
Exercise with wrist rotation 170
Exercise with hand contraction and expansion 171
Octave Chords 172
Adding one inner note 172
Adding two inner notes 173
Performance Piece: “Schumann’s Octave Workout” 174
Chapter 14: Chord Progressions and Cadences 175
Triad Progressions 175
Diatonic triad progressions 176
Chromatic triad progressions 177
Seventh Chord Progressions 178
Seventh chord progressions exercise #1 178
Seventh chord progressions exercise #2 179
Chord Cadences and Familiar Patterns 180
Cadences 180
Turnarounds and sequences 181
Extended Chord Progressions 182
Extended major-key chord progression 182
Extended minor-key chord progression 183
Chords in One Hand, Melody in the Other 184
Chords with melody exercise #1 184
Chords with melody exercise #2 185
Performance Piece: “Awake, My Heart, and Sing” 186
Chapter 15: Trilling Thrills and Other Fancy Ornaments 187
Grace Notes 187
Trills 189
Mordents 190
Turns 191
Repeated Notes 192
Repeated notes in triplet rhythms 192
Repeated notes in eighth- and sixteenth-note rhythms 193
R-R-R-Rolling Chords 194
Rolling chords in the right hand 194
Rolling chords in both hands 194
The Glissando 195
The Tremolo 196
Performance Piece: “Caro Nome” 197
Chapter 16: Maximum Independence: Challenging Rhythms and Syncopations 199
Combining Scale and Arpeggio Patterns 200
Independent rhythms, scales, and arpeggios #1 200
Independent rhythms, scales, and arpeggios #2 201
Exercises with Changing Note Values 202
Scale patterns with changing note values 202
Arpeggio patterns with changing note values 203
Exercises with Changing Meters 204
Changing from 6/8 to 3/4 204
Expanding and contracting meter changes 205
Syncopation Exercises 206
Syncopation exercise #1 206
Syncopation exercise #2 207
Exercises with Polyrhythms 208
Two in the right hand against three in the left 208
Three in the right hand against two in the left 209
Performance Piece: “I’ll Build A Stairway to Paradise” 210
Part V: The Part of Tens 211
Chapter 17: Ten Dances for Your Hands 213
Jig: “Captain Jinks” 213
Calypso: “Water Come-a Me Eye” 214
Waltz: “Waltz from Faust” 215
Tarantella 216
Tango: “El Porteñito” 217
Mexican Hat Dance 218
Polka: “Pizzicato Polka” 219
Boogie: “Johnson Rag” 220
“Hungarian Dance No. 5” 221
Gypsy Dance from Carmen 222
Chapter 18: Ten Great Composers and Their Daily Workouts 223
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) 223
Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) 223
Muzio Clementi (1752–1832) 223
Karl Czerny (1791–1857) 224
Claude Debussy (1862–1918) 224
Enrique Granados (1867–1916) 224
Franz Liszt (1811–1886) 224
Edward MacDowell (1861–1908) 224
Carl Nielsen (1865–1931) 224
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) 224
Appendix: About the CD 225
What You’ll Find on the CD 225
Customer Care 227


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