Hembrey has written a comprehensive book on piano technique and strategies. Whether it be how to memorise a piece, improve your sight reading or decode a piano definition or marking - you will find the information in this book. Hembrey even included detailed instruction on pedal usage - something I've not ever seen or been precisely taught. What I enjoyed most was the author's positive uplifting voice - she made me want to sit down and start practising. This book was a delight to read and I am sure I'll be frequently referencing it. My only caveat is the book might be overwhelming or not of use to an absolute beginner with no musical knowledge. However, an eager beginning student might enjoy this book as a gift to inspire them and reference as their technique improves. Also, it is a book geared for an adult reader. My perspective, incidentally, is someone who learned to play as a child and then returned to the instrument as an adult; my level of playing is advanced intermediate (grade 7 RCM). There's much knowledge and inspiration to take from this book.
by NetGalley review