Originally Posted by gregohb
Right. a guy who doesn't even know what a chord is, and you are commending jazz chords? Try starting with folk songs from school, and graduate up to the Beatles or other pop songs. You can search for "tabs" - there are many sites on the web, and then look up popular songs from all kinds of artists, and get the chords from those.
Actually, I'm teaching myself piano from the Mark Levine books recommended above by Spacecho. I tried starting with really simple kid-type piano books, which while not a bad way to start, gets a little tedious- I can only take so many ****ing nursery rhymes! On the other hand, I find the that the Levine books (and probably other Jazz piano books) can provide some pretty quick gratification, partly because of all the chord theory. Plus, the way I produce (and probably lots of posters on here), I can make use of jazz chord theory without really being a proficient player (although, of course I aspire to get there eventually