Claire's Workbook- Music Theory and Exercises - for
Ever wanted to read and play music without the hassle of teachers
and expensive piano lessons? This book was written by a young
lady with several year's teaching experience - you too can learn
to play the keyboard and piano by yourself. Comes with easy
DIY exercises and modern clear layout but without any useless
frills and useless color pictures of frogs and whatever. You
can use this book for formal music exams, GCSE or for your own
fun - play all those pop tunes on sheet music you ever wanted
to play. Also comes with a free CD-ROM so you can print
all your own piano music. Order from Argent's Music shop in
London (020 7379 3384) or Ottakar's (formerly Hammick's) in
the Slough/Windsor/Maidenhead area (tel.01753 694144), Elite
Pianos /Guitar shop at 126 Meadfield Road, Langley (01753 542720)
or E-mail me directly if you have a query.(See below for the
Caribbean area). It is only £14.95 (post-free UK customers only)
and is a lot better than the boring unchanged theory books.
There is also an economy pocket version but without the CD-ROM
E-mail address at bottom of page.
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Claire's Workbook - an easy piano and keyboard course for young
Claire's Workbook has evolved over 15 year's teaching experience
with students from 4 to 72 years of age, and originally started
as single-sheet handouts which were developed on computer for
class. Over the years these were improved and bound together
to help students organise their work. So this book is based
on real young students in a real environment writted by a young
teacher in her 20's.
FOR THE TEACHER OR SERIOUS STUDENT:
This collection now addresses most of the typical theory requirements
of the major examining boards of music covering from introductory
to the next successive stages, Grades 2/3 depending on
the examining board. It introduces theory concepts - the ability
to READ and WRITE music - gradually and the understanding of
notation rather than merely satisfying a particular examining
board's requirements exclusively.
It has also been designed so that the more ambitious student
can progress with the minimum of supervision whether in a formal
class, school or privately, or working at home under his or
her own rate.
The new edition also has blank manuscript paper for exercises
and writing your own musical ideas.
Why study theory? Go to this page and find out in this excellent
More about learning to read music the DIY way!
These teaching pages are liberally sprinkled with exercise
pages to reinforce the concepts introduced, that is, all the
mysterious blobs and squiggly bits used in music are explained --- with plenty of exercises so you can self-test
these yourself WITHOUT a teacher- not to say they are of no
use as Claire learnt from being a teacher, but her experience teaches one to help teach oneself ( to
coin a phrase!!!).
Also written by Claire is an easy-play carolbook for keyboard
and piano. This is written in two easy keys, C and G major.
All the arrangements are "one plus two" harmony, with consistent arrangements - if you can play one,
you can play them all!
See the webpage on the carolbook or to see another page, click
on the links.
THIS BOOK WILL SOON BE PUBLISHED BY TRAFFORD PUBLISHING BASED
IN CANADA - it then can be ordered from them directly.
For the Caribbean area, the main distributor is: Lexicon Trinidad
Ltd., P.O. Box 925, P.O.S., Trinidad. Tel. 868 675 3395. Fax
868 675 3360.
Shops in Trinidad:
Simon's Musical Supplies, 868 625 6412.
Music & Equipment, 868 624 5834.
Contact: See the e-mail address over the front of the image
of the book at the top.
Also available in the UK is a pocket-size version of the book
- exactly the same contents but smaller and less expensive (no
CD-ROM in the pocket version). ISBN: 0-9544406-2-5.
This book with the exception of the cover which was done on
an Apple (TM) was created exclusively with Jetsetter software,
which is published by Sibasoft.
Thanks to Ted Kirk for the special edition of the CD-ROM which
is provided with the Workbook.
Want to see more pages? E-mail me with the topic and we
shall send a printable page from the book which deals with your
FREE for Christmas!!! Page of common guitar chords in any
graphic format (BMP, JPEG) - just drop us an e-mail.