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#1068754 - 12/16/08 10:48 AM Piano Reference
Krysse Offline
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Registered: 12/16/08
Posts: 3
Loc: Toronto
Does anyone know of a reference book where I can quickly look up symbols and other unfamiliar notation?

I find most books are workbooks with lessons and exercizes. I'd really love to find a quick look-up guide so I can find what I need to know and get back to playing.


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#1068755 - 12/16/08 11:56 AM Re: Piano Reference
Euan Morrison Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1588
Loc: Edinburgh
I'm not sure of any books, but there are plenty of websites which explain music notation symbols - for example:

Welcome to the forums, also!

#1068756 - 12/16/08 06:19 PM Re: Piano Reference
pianoluvr Offline
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Registered: 08/13/07
Posts: 172
I find this to be a really good question! I'm also looking for a "reference" type book or website, particularly about ornamentation. I have no idea where to look when I can't figure out how to play an ornament!
Do or do not, there is no try.

Beethoven Sonata Op.49 No.2
Fur Elise
Chopin Waltz Op.69 No.2
Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.2
Schumann Op.15 No.1 (About Strange Lands and People)
Schumann Op.15 No.7 (Traumerei)

#1068757 - 12/16/08 07:53 PM Re: Piano Reference
Ivory Dreams Offline
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Registered: 04/12/08
Posts: 210
Loc: Central NC
I found a copy of Fundamentals of Music by Frederick Fay Swift at the local used book store. It is 5x8 inches and about 1/4 inch thick. Somehow they get an amazing amount of information in this very compact volume. It covers: Musical Terms, Transposition, Embellishments, Intervals, Terms of Composition, Scales, Time values, and more.

I have found it easy to use this book to find the answer to every question I have had thus far in my own piano journey.

The book is currently out of print.... but, I just did a Google search and found 2 copies available for sale. Perhaps you will find more. Good Luck!


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#1068758 - 12/16/08 08:06 PM Re: Piano Reference
Lisztener Offline
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Registered: 10/12/06
Posts: 921

Welcome to the ABForum. As you can see, you will find many helpful friends here willing to assist with any questions you may have.


Below is a link to the most comprehesive musical notation site I have found on the Internet. I hope it helps both of you. \:\)




#1068759 - 12/17/08 07:19 AM Re: Piano Reference
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#1068760 - 12/17/08 07:55 AM Re: Piano Reference
FishWagon Offline
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Registered: 11/23/08
Posts: 38
Loc: Dacula, GA
Hello Krysse,

Welcome to the forums!!

This helps me a lot as well...

Have a great day everyone,

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#1068761 - 12/17/08 10:09 AM Re: Piano Reference
Krysse Offline
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Registered: 12/16/08
Posts: 3
Loc: Toronto
Thanks everyone for being so helpful and friendly! I'll definitely check out those ideas.

I'm really glad I found this forum. I'd love to take some piano lessons but I can't afford it right now so I'll have to make do with whatever information I can find.



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