“The Image of Music” is an supreme step-by-step manual to participating in piano that can not only support educate the rookie, it can brush up the highly developed player as perfectly. Lesley Anne Sears has modified my watch of sheet music from one particular of undecipherable symbols with only faint recognition to one particular of get, styles of notes, and beauty. For most of us, the adages “How shortly we ignore” or “Use it or eliminate it” applies to music. Like numerous small children, I took piano classes for the duration of my solitary digit yrs, performed a couple other devices in my teens, but now, decades afterwards I are unable to examine a note.
Lesley Anne Sears writes from a humble, non-threatening and clearly entertaining introductory stage, unpretentiously assuming no prior musical understanding or skill exists with the reader. Using the most intelligent examples and uncomplicated demonstrations, she starts with locating on the keyboard and Clef Middle C. Once you see C, you obtained it. From there it really is all about intervals – up and down. She phone calls this “The See C Piano Approach.”™
If this appears much too straightforward to be accurate, it really is accurate it is so straightforward. The function and genius has all gone into the Herculean energy producing this reserve. Her training skills using the visualization of musical descriptions, the orderly progression of routines and the in depth use of drawings, graphics, keyboard diagrams, and kitty cats make for a uniquely effective process. Yes, kitty cats – the line drawings of playful cats put the reader at relieve, defusing any frustration, and supply adore and assistance. Plus you really don’t really feel as if you happen to be participating in music by itself!
“The Image of Music” is not a reserve to examine, but a philosophy of instruction to savor, take in, assimilate and cherish. The function that went into the program curriculum requires to be matched with the desire to discover by the student. In essence, I shall discover to perform as I educate my kid — what entertaining!
Lesley Anne Sears unselfishly features her prized “See C Piano Approach”™ of instruction so one’s innately human aspiration of participating in music by changing written music to the keyboard results in being effortlessly attainable. Thoughtfully, even the spiral binding of her reserve permits you to place it upright on a piano or a music stand as a result acquiring the web pages continue being open up. Her varying use of form, font, boldface and italics to punctuate her words adds expression and emotion to her reserve, from her pianissimo (gentle) popular font to a mezzo forte (reasonably loud) bold, bigger form.
Laden with graphics, musical notes and offered an uncrowded, roomy total of home per web site will make her function a “multimedia” presentation – or as much so as can be attained by a reserve. And the Kitty, ah of course, the most playful of comforting line drawings conceivable, adds the depth of a warm and fuzzy emotion and adore to her function. I would highly propose this reserve and will maintain it in my music reference library to use for instruction in the foreseeable future. To Lesley Anne Sears, from her readers’ standing ovation praising her masterpiece, we shout Bravissimo!