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Exploring Jazz Piano: Pt. 1: Harmony, Technique, Improvisation

Exploring Jazz Piano: Pt. 1: Harmony, Technique, Improvisation

Paperback The Schott Pop Styles Series

By (author) Tim Richards

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  • Publisher: Schott Music Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 231mm x 300mm x 13mm | 1,089g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 190245524X
  • ISBN 13: 9781902455242
  • Illustrations note: ports
  • Sales rank: 50,121

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Volume 1 introduces the intermediate pianist to the basic chord-types used in jazz, from major and minor triads to seventh and ninth chords. Other topics include: Chord/scale relationships, modes, broken chord and scale patterns, pentatonic and blues scales, walking bass lines, Latin rhythms and bass lines, the diatonic cycle, secondary dominants, II V I sequences, horizontal and vertical improvisation, tritone substitution, two-handed voicings, rootless voicings, technical exercises and fingering, accompaniment styles, ear-training, discography (suggested listening). 28 pieces by the author appear alongside special arrangements of well-known jazz standards, including: Autumn Leaves * Fly Me to the Moon * In a Sentimental Mood * Mannenberg * On Green Dolphin St (Part 1) * Ornithology * Song for My Father * Straight No Chaser * Take the A Train. Also included are transcribed solos by Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver, an invaluable source of authentic jazz techniques.

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Tim Richards unterrichtet Jazz-Piano seit vielen Jahren, privat und an den Goldsmiths' und Morley Colleges in London. Er ist in der internationalen Jazz-Szene ein ebenso erfahrener Bühnenkünstler, mit mehr als zehn veröffentlichten Alben als Bandleader vom Duo bis zur größeren Besetzung. Außerdem spielt er seit den Achtzigern in Clubs und auf Festivals in ganz Europa.

Table of contents

Improve musical skills - Learn pieces in a variety of jazz styles - Improve musicianship including aural and rhythmic skills - Improve improvisation skills - Gain an insight into jazz harmony and chord voicings - Develop skills for playing in a band - Develop accompaniment skills