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Secrets to Better Piano Playing
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A must buy
Recently I bought "Secrets To Better Piano Playing”, written by David Hicken. I found his music via YouTube, Spotify, iTunes and was very impressed by the sound and technique of how the piano is played. Inspired by that, I bought his book and after reading it, I understand what the secrets are behind his beautiful music.
I am glad I bought the book. I am taking a lot of inspiration out of it, improve my techniques and is a must to buy.
— March 30, 2017 by Emiel (Netherlands)
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Just what I was looking for!
One of my retirement goals is to re-learn to play the piano. I took lessons 50 years ago but quit when I took up the trumpet in the school band. Bought an old piano during mid-life crisis but quickly became frustrated. I could read music but not nearly fast enough, so I picked my way through a piece many times and played mostly from memory. This book and David's playing are an inspiration to do it right this time. - Dave
— March 12, 2017 by Dave K (Sunbury, Pa)
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Great advice
I quit practicing piano for 20+ years. Just recently I work very hard to get back to the level of piano ( 8th grade of Royal School of Music) where I was before. The practice was challenging, and it involved a lot of frustration and disappointment. I even injured my left hand pinky due to long hours of practice. I feel grateful after reading this book, it provides me with a lot of invaluable advice. First, I organize my piano practice into several shorter sessions. Secondly, I annotate the fractures, and pay special attention to these fractures during practice. The result is incredible!
— February 21, 2017 by Vincy Fung (Yorba Linda, CA)
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Helps with every aspect of my piano playing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It helps with playing faster passages how to practice, how to pick a teacher, how to pick a piano, where to put the piano, and much more. This is not one of the many piano gimmick out there. He admits that you cannot learn piano in just weeks. He says " It takes patience and discipline." However with the help of this book, you can become an amazing pianist. I (am) fifteen years old and I love this book!
— February 17, 2017 by John Mark Tarwater (Edinburg, Texas)
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Great advice in this book
I took lessons from 7 years of age to 13, and I hated it the whole time. I wish I would have had this book back then. Now, I am playing again after not playing (seriously) for about 30 years. The book breaks it down into exactly how you need to approach learning and how to be successful. I found a lot of good gems of advice and I can see myself getting better very quickly. I'm glad I purchased this book.
— September 2, 2016 by Tere (Phoenix, Arizona)
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Invaluable advices
It gives me a great pleasure to read Secrets To Better Piano Playing by David Hicken. He is a great artist, a master and a teacher in one person. I admire him and its’s a mercy that I have read the book. The book is understandable for non-native English speakers too and it’s an enjoyable reading for everyone who learns piano in any level. In my opinion, the book is essential to know the basics. I like music and piano so much. This book gives me the inspiration to start again playing the piano after a long break. I follow Mr.Hicken’s advice. I think there is a good virtue in the book which gives me the motivation to improve my abilities and helps to achive my goals step by step. I think it is worth investing strenght and energy to become better day by day. I have picked up new techniques. I have recognised some changes in my style of playing the piano, I have learned where I should change my techniques and got the answers to some techniqal questions.
— August 31, 2016 by Eva S. (Siófok, Hungary)
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great book
it's a book talking about the real things that differ between middle to excellent pianist. it contains infirmation and really good tips on how to play the piano in a good way. recommended to begginers and pro as well, great book :)
— August 28, 2016 by gil.brami88@gmail.com (ashdod , israel)
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Money well spent.
A collection of really useful tips and instructions, that will guide you on your musically journey.
— August 16, 2016 by Harry (Germany)
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Very good investment
I strongly recommend to read this book to everybody who is really interested in playing the piano but due to lack of time (or not enough money) can not afford a personal teacher. This book is more suitable for somebody who have some previous experiencies with playing the piano.
Book is written in very friendly style. When you read it, it is like a friend whispering to you and giving really useful advices.
This book is exactly what I needed after years not playing the piano. It will really help you to start again.
Enyoj!
— June 4, 2016 by Patricia (Slovakia)
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Really helpful information
As a beginner I was looking for any advice on proper ways to learning the piano, and of course any advice from one of my favorite current composer's in my mind is critical. David's book needs to be read more than once, especially if your a beginner, not because it's difficult to understand, but because it contains loads of useful information. Most helpful to me is his advice on what to look for in a quality teacher. Whether you just beginning or a seasoned player, or if your a fan of David Hicken as I am this is a must read. Thank you David for your book and your music.
— March 10, 2016 by Chris Strisko (Chicago, IL)
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