Tim Richards: Improvising Blues Piano

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Publisher: Schott Music
Author: Tim Richards
Format: Books | Instrumental Tutor

The forerunner to the awarded-winning Exploring Jazz Piano books, Improvising Blues Piano examines the harmonic, rhythmic and melodic aspects of the blues, assuming a basic competence of around grade 3. All styles are covered from the 1920s to the present, from the early boogie pioneers via swing, gospel, jump-jive, New Orleans, Chicago and Kansas City schools, to the more sophisticated jazz and funky blues of the current scene. Over 60 pieces, including many original compositions by the author, together with new arrangements of well-known standarts such as 'Ain't No Sunshine', 'Blueberry Hill', 'Blue Monk', 'Got My Mojo workin', 'Honky Tonk Train Blues', 'How Long Blues', 'Just a Closer Walk with Thee', 'Pine Top's Boogie Woogie', 'St Louis Blues' etc.• Authentic left-hand patterns and bass lines• Professional chord voicings, blues scales, licks and riffs• Co-ordination exercises for both hands• Suggested listeningEach chapter is graded within itself, providing some challenging pieces towards the end. Improvising is encouraged at all stages, with assignments giving ideas and guidance.The accompanying CD contains all the pieces, including some play-along tracks, performed by Tim Richards.A very useful and comprehensive survey of different blues styles. Tim's clear demonstrations on the accompanying CD make this the essential book for all aspiring blues pianists (Jools Holland)This book leaves any possible competition standing at the post. (Brian Priestley, Jazzwise Magazine)I highly recommend the book. It's the best I've seen yet... Helpful features include a grat Cd by the London-based Richards, who is a top-notch performer, recording artist and educator. It's almost like having your own personal instructor. (Blues Review, USA)The presentation is immaculate, the method is logical and friendly. This book feels good... (MOJO)A brilliant new publication from Schott. Each chapter extends the player's harmonic knowledge and gives clear instructions how to progress... You learn not just how to play the blues but also its history and major exponents. Tim Richard's enthusiasm for the subject is both infectious and inspiring. (Piano Journal)For blues piano, it's about as thorough as any book I've seen. (Jamey Aebersold, USA)Beautifully presented, it has clarity, heart and comprehensiveness. (Michael Garrick)

ISBN: 9780946535972
Published on: 20 April 2000
No of pages: 264
Language: English
Catalogue No: ED12504

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        Sydney GB
        Lots of background information & good CD so can play along or just get the sound right. Well staged progressions.
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        Confirmed purchase: 10 March 2017
        Published on: 05 April 2017
        10 out of 10


        Clearly laid out introduction to Blues Piano. Covers all the basic theory with many examples.
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        Confirmed purchase: 15 February 2016
        Published on: 02 March 2016
        8 out of 10


        Leek GB Amateur organist
        Explains Tim Richards' approach to playing in easy to understand bites and therefore excellent for beginners to get started. A good scheme for launching however the real secret of playing anything is practice practice. The book lays out definite instructions of how to start the said practice.
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        Confirmed purchase: 17 November 2015
        Published on: 01 December 2015

        Musicroom Reviews

        This is the best piano book I've bought. I was after an introduction to 12 bar blues and boogie woogie and only found this after a recommendation from a friend. Even the easy ones to get started are tuneful. I like having a CD to hear how it should sound as well.
        Anonymous - (York, United Kingdom)
        This is a well written book: packed full of information and practical tips. It is also ideal for a classically trained pianist who wants to learn how to improvise and ad lib. Excellent value for money.
        Anonymous - (Glasgow, United Kingdom)
        If you've been playing for over eighteen months and you want to play Blues, and you're only going to buy one book in your life for Blues piano, buy this one. Its the only one you'll need and has everything for the intermediate player. The CD alone is fantastic! The book gives plenty of information on how to play each piece and exercise, and the brilliant history of the perfomers gets my five stars.
        straight - (Widnes, United Kingdom)

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