Mark Levine: Jazz Piano Masterclass - The Drop 2 Book

Books and CDs | Piano

Publisher: Sher Music
Author: Mark Levine
Format: Books | Instrumental Tutor

Book and CD. The Drop 2 Book is the first publication to explore the 4-note block chord approach to jazz Piano playing- as used by Piano masters like Kenny Barron, MyCoy Tyner, Barry Harris, Cedar Walton and Bill Evans.

World renowned educator and pianist Mark Levine gives the reader a comprehensive, step-by-step, beginner to advanced Masterclass on this approach to voicing chords.

This book includes chapters on:

  • The basic Drop 2 approach
  • Advanced techniques
  • soloing and 'comping in Drop 2
  • Practice techniques
  • Plus a CD of Levine demonstrating all the exercises

This is an invaluable insight into the harmonic minds of some of the world's greatest Piano players.

ISBN: 9781883217471
Published on: 14 May 2007
No of pages: 68
Language: English
Catalogue No: PT268C

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        Bought for my teenage son who plays jazz piano in a trio at school. I was buying Levine's "The Jazz Piano Book" for him, and as I had a £5 voucher from Musicroom for spending over £30, I added this to the order. Drop 2 voicings sound gloriously rich and full to me. This is a short book (70 pages or so) which assumes you already know the basic theory of chords and inversions and the ii-V-I progression. As such it is a follow on from the Jazz Piano Book, but you only need the basics from that book to be able to start using this one. The book takes a structured approach and has lots of one line musical examples which are written out in the text and played on the CD included with the book. The book includes: - basic ideas, all using major 6th chords - tweaking drop 2 for dominant, diminished and minor chords - comping and soloing using drop 2 - how to practice drop 2 I am a jazz fan and saxophonist (of very limited technical understanding) but the book strikes me as one which can be used either as a "teach yourself" programme by working through it from page 1 to the end, or as something to dip into in order to give your ears and brain something to mull over.
        Anonymous - (York,, United Kingdom)