The Keyboard Handbook

The Keyboard Handbook

The Complete Guide to Mastering Keyboard Styles

by Steve Lodder and Janette Mason


Montclair, NJ (April 8, 2013) – The latest installment in Backbeat’s successful Handbook Series, The Keyboard Handbook is a step-by-step course in keyboard playing for musicians of all levels. Beginning with the basics of posture and technique, it offers a series of more than 80 specially written exercises and covers a wide variety of classic and contemporary musical styles – from blues to rock, soul to funk, gospel to synth-pop. The book helps to master even more complex styles, and the authors have built in progressive difficulty through the examples.

The Keyboard Handbook includes

  • a basic guide to reading music and
  • more than 80 musical exercises showcasing a wide variety of classic and contemporary musical styles
  • expert tips on music theory, covering rhythm, scales, chords, and more
  • an introduction to MIDI technology and how synthesizers work
  • lay-flat binding for ease of use at the keyboard or with a music stand

The accompanying CD showcases a range of different electric and electronic keyboards, and features audio tracks of all of the examples shown in the book, allowing readers to work their way through each section at their own pace, while the lay-flat binding means the book is easy to use at the keyboard or with a music stand. The Keyboard Handbook also includes a straightforward guide to reading music and covers various aspects of music theory, including rhythm, scales, chords, and more.

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Steve Lodder is an author and a musician. He has been a fixture on the London jazz scene since the late 70s and has worked with many pop greats including Paul McCartney. He is the author of Stevie Wonder: A Guide To The Classic Albums.

Janette Mason is a composer, arranger, and performer who has worked extensively in theatre and television, as well as with a wide range of contemporary artists, including Robert Wyatt, Oasis, kd lang, and Suzanne Vega.

The Keyboard Handbook
Format: Hardcover wire-bound with CD
$29.99 (US)
ISBN: 9781617131042
Width: 8.75″, Length: 10.75″, 160 pages, black & white illustrations throughout

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Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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