Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician
SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
Ad (Piano Sing)
How to Make Your Piano Sing
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Who's Online
63 registered (AndyJoe, Benvolio, AndyP, bennevis, AZNpiano, 11 invisible), 1185 Guests and 16 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Topic Options
#2299753 - 07/08/14 06:11 AM Piano Music Theory Books***
ChopinFan66 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/16/12
Posts: 18
Hi all:

I am hoping you can recommend several good books on theory. I am having a hard time understanding the rhythms on various pieces of piano music. I understand some of the basics, but, it is hard to determine the timing. I mean, the left hand notes sometimes appear to line up with certain notes in the right hand, but, one cannot go by mere appearance. It almost seems like one has to do some math to confirm when notes should be played. Quite often, my math does not add up. Dotted eighths, slurs, etc., I need to understand all of this.

Thank you.

Top
(ads P/S)

Sauter Pianos

#2299769 - 07/08/14 07:53 AM Re: Piano Music Theory Books*** [Re: ChopinFan66]
fizikisto Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/13/12
Posts: 657
Loc: Hernando, MS
ChopinFan
I can recommend very highly Garwood Whaley's book "Basics in Rhythm" which is fantastic for helping one sort out rhythm issues. It consists of many isolated rhythm exercises for you to clap and count along with. And it comes with two CDs that have all the examples and exercises in the book illustrated. If you work through those exercises, it will really help you get your rhythm issues sorted out.

Also, are you confusing a slur with a tie? The marks look similar but have different functions. A tie indicates that a note is to held down for the additional counts illustrated. A slur indicates that there is a phrase (generally that means you want to play the notes under the slur legato, or in a smooth and connected fashion).

Also, if you're a beginner, you may be trying to do too much too fast. What are you playing that has dotted eighth notes? You may need to focus on more simple music until you get these things down.

And finally, yes sometimes the right hand and left hand are not perfectly in synch. That's why you must count with authority. Make your playing match the rhythm you count, not the other way around. and when you count, emphasize the first beat in the measure (both and when you count, and a little bit when you play) ONE two three four ONE two three four. There are times when you emphasize other beats but that's more advanced. You want to feel that pulse at the beginning of every measure.

Good Luck!
_________________________
Nord Stage 2 HA88
Roland RD800

Top
#2299807 - 07/08/14 09:50 AM Re: Piano Music Theory Books*** [Re: ChopinFan66]
Ataru074 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/22/11
Posts: 385
Loc: Houston, TX
if you have an ipad or something like that....
this is for theory
http://www.musictheory.net/products/lessons
and this is for ear training
http://www.musictheory.net/products/tenuto

cheaper and more interactive than any book
_________________________
===============================================
working on:
Brahms: Op 118
Mozart: Kv330
Beethoven: Op 14 #2
===============================================

Top
#2299880 - 07/08/14 02:09 PM Re: Piano Music Theory Books*** [Re: ChopinFan66]
Michael Martinez Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/22/12
Posts: 436
Loc: California
You're not asking about music theory, you're asking about notation.
_________________________
Music Educator, Computer Engineer, avid reader of literature, enjoyer of the outdoors
http://www.michael--martinez.com/music/

Top
#2299883 - 07/08/14 02:16 PM Re: Piano Music Theory Books*** [Re: Michael Martinez]
keystring Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/11/07
Posts: 11810
Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: Michael Martinez
You're not asking about music theory, you're asking about notation.

Notation is part of theory. In fact, every element in the OP's questions related to theory.

Top

Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
What's Hot!!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!
(ad) Yamaha CP Music Rest Promo
Yamaha CP Music Rest Promo
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
(ad) Piano Music Sale - Dover Publications
Piano Music Sale
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Black Friday is here - Seen any deals?
by MeghanM
Today at 01:16 AM
MIDI in on a Kawai VPC-1...
by pocoapoco
Today at 12:35 AM
Just joined
by wise_manzard
Yesterday at 10:20 PM
LACHNIT MK22
by Vas
Yesterday at 09:27 PM
You Usually Get what you Pay for in this World.......
by Paul678
Yesterday at 08:22 PM
Forum Stats
77071 Members
42 Forums
159411 Topics
2341699 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Gift Ideas for Music Lovers!
Find the Perfect Gift for the Music Lovers on your List!
Visit our online store today.

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission