Introduction. Part I: Warming Up to the Keyboard. Chapter 1: Meeting the Keyboard Family. Chapter 2: What Your Parents Never Told You about Posture. Chapter 3: Eighty-Eight Keys, Three Pedals, Ten Fingers, and Two Feet. Part II: Getting Sound Down on Paper . Chapter 4: Following Horizontal and Vertical Lines. Chapter 5: Joining the Rhythm Nation. Chapter 6: Changing the Beaten Path . Part III: One Hand at a Time. Chapter 7: Playing a Melody. Chapter 8: Scaling to New Heights. Chapter 9: Hey, Don't Forget Lefty! Part IV: Living in Perfect Harmony. Chapter 10: The Building Blocks of Harmony. Chapter 11: Understanding Keys. Chapter 12: Filling Out Your Sound with Chords. Part V: Technique Counts for Everything. Chapter 13: Dressing Up Your Music. Chapter 14: Great Grooves. Chapter 15: Perusing the Aisle of Style. Part VI: So Many Toys, So Little Time . Chapter 16: Finding the Perfect Keyboard. Chapter 17: Raising Your Keyboard . Part VII: The Part of Tens . Chapter 18: Ten Types of Performers and Their Recordings. Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Go Beyond This Book. Chapter 20: Blake's Ten Teacher-Tracking Tips. Appendix A: Glossary of Musical Terms. Appendix B: About the CD. Index. Book Registration Information.
Blake Neely has been playing piano since he was about 4 years old, although it took a while before real audible music could be detected. His fascination with music led him to other instruments, such as the French horn, guitar, and drums, but the keyboard remains his baby. Upon graduation from the University of Texas in 1991, he moved to Los Angeles to experience the music business. He licensed music for Hollywood Records and later worked for Disney Music Publishing as editor of all printed music publications. An award-winning composer and author, he has written symphonies, a piano concerto, and numerous orchestral and chamber works. He is co-author of the acclaimed FastTrack series, published by Hal Leonard Corporation. Blake has worked as a composer, orchestrator, arranger, copyist, engraver, musicologist, and consultant for such prominent figures as Disney, Hal Leonard Corporation, Decca Records, Hyperion Books, composers Michael Kamen and Alan Menken, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Currently living in Austin, Texas, Blake spends his free time tuning into his family: wife Elizabeth, daughter Jordan, and son Jacob. Blake is the proud owner of a Kawai grand piano and Kurzweil, Ensoniq, and E-Mu synths and samplers. You can reach Blake via e-mail at BlakeNeely@aol.com.