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Alfred Offers Notation-Free Approach to Playing Keyboard with The Key of One

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Monday, February 14, 2011

Alfred Music Publishing makes music easy for musicians of all levels with The Key of One, a new book & DVD by award-winning keyboard artist Robbie Gennet that teaches music fundamentals and functional keyboard skills without requiring the student to read music notation.

The Key of One offers a revealing approach that is ideal for anyone wanting to express ideas on the keyboard, from beginning players to those who have taken traditional lessons but want a deeper understanding of how music works. Focusing on similarities rather than differences, the method uses one formula to unlock the notes of any major or minor scale, with shapes and black/white key patterns providing an easy way to apply the notes to the uneven landscape of the keyboard.

“I had one goal in writing this book: to convey a simple understanding of music,” says author Robbie Gennet.

Topics in the book include the names of notes and the purpose of black keys; understanding the role of time and rhythm; the simple formula for major and minor scales; patterns and shapes to get you playing in every key right away; comprehending chords, scales, and modes; improvising; and jamming. Every topic is discussed and demonstrated by the author on the included DVD, which includes play-along audio accompaniments and downloadable MP3s in every key, plus TNT (Tone ’n’ Tempo) Changer software with bonus tracks that can be transposed, sped up or slowed down, and looped for continuous practice.

As part of Alfred’s ongoing commitment to improving our environment, this book is printed on 100% recycled paper stock.

The Key of One book & DVD (00-34218) is now available for $21.99 at music retail stores or at alfred.com.