Instruments & Gear

Piano Styles for Beginners, a new instruction book by Mark Harrison, teaches beginning pianists to play and improvise in today’s popular keyboard styles.

Pianists have the chance to study a variety of styles with an educator whose students include GRAMMY Award winners, members of the Boston Pops, and first-call touring musicians.

Piano Styles for Beginners is a perfect introduction to playing in blues, boogie-woogie, gospel, funk, and pop ballad styles. You will start playing authentic chordal patterns and rhythmic grooves right away, enhanced by the downloadable play-along audio tracks. Each track features a piano demo (performed by Mark himself) and a rhythm section recorded on separate channels so that you can play along with the band. The tracks, in combination with Mark’s easy to follow instruction, give the player a great foundation for improvising in each style.

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