Playing the piano can be a fun and relaxing hobby. The library has several resources that can help you learn this entertaining skill. We have some excellent DVDs and books for beginners. If you already know the basics, but are frustrated by difficult song books, we received a book this week that might be just the thing for you.

The Easy Country Fake Book: Over 100 Songs in the Key of "C" is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, a leader in music instruction books. It contains many classic country songs in a format that is easy to read and play. The melody is printed in large notes that are easy to see. There are simplified chords above the music so you can create your own accompaniment. If you are not familiar with the chords, there is a chart in the back to help. All songs include lyrics so you can enjoy a sing-a-long.

Some of the songs included are: Your Cheatin’ Heart, Always on my Mind, God Bless the U.S.A., I Walk the Line, Love Me Tender, and many others.

While Fake Books are great for novice piano players, advanced players can use them too. In fact, even some professional musicians use them. They get creative with the chords to enhance the music with their own style.

So, whatever your playing ability, check out this book and have fun making music.