Exploring Jazz Piano 1

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

Awarded the prestigious Music Industries Association Award in 2006 for Best Pop Publication, Tim Richards' Exploring Jazz Piano was the long-awaited follow-up to his acclaimed Improvising Blues Piano, also published by Schott. The overall level is somewhat higher, and would suit pianists of Grade 4 standard and above. The book comes in two volumes, comprising no less than 56 original pieces by the author, together with special arrangements of 24 standards ranging from Autumn Leaves and Summertime to Straight No Chaser and Coltrane's Impressions.The two volumes also contain over 800 musical examples, a veritable treasury of styles and techniques for the aspiring jazz pianist, and refers to the work of Erroll Garner, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, Hampton Hawes, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and many others. Each volume has its own CD, containing between them performances of all 80 pieces, played by Tim alone or with his current trio of Dominic Howles (bass) and Matt Home (drums). Play-along tracks are also included, in which the piano is panned to one speaker, providing rhythm section accompaniment if desired by turning the amplifier's balance control. Copious examples of improvisation are accompanied by numerous assignments, with guidance to hand on every page. The package is beautifully illustrated with many full-page photographs of piano masters past and present, informative mini biographies and a comprehensive suggested listening section. The practical covered spiral binding protects the books as well as enabling them to lie flat on the music stand.Exploring Jazz Piano fills a vacuum in jazz piano instruction, its comprehensive syllabus taking the reader from first principles in Vol. 1 to professional level in Vol. 2. Any student of jazz piano, piano teacher, or performing musician dipping into either volume will be rewarded with a wealth of ideas and practical information to keep them occupied for many months, or to use as an ongoing resource in the years to come.Vol. 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, II - V - I sequences, horizontal and vertical improvisation, tritone substitution, two-handed voicings, rootless voicings, technical exercises and fingering, accompaniment styles, ear-training. 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 and Take the A Train. Also included are transcribed solos by Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver, an invaluable source of authentic jazz techniques.EXPLORING JAZZ PIANO - press reviewsThere's little that comes close in terms of practicality of approach.Brian Priestley - JAZZWISE magazineThe jazz process has been uncovered in the most comprehensive and welcoming way. Clear-cut, informative and easy to use, Tim Richards has given all comers to this music a way in - go and buy it.Julian JosephOne of the most detailed studies of modern jazz piano I have come across... a very strong foundation [for a keen student] to build their own style and ideas. Huw White (3rd year student on Royal Academy jazz course) - JAZZ UKMeticulously researched, well-structured and stimulating... a tremendous teaching resource... demands to be in the library of every Music Department that teaches jazz.Hugh Johns - TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENTExploring Jazz Piano provides the aspiring new-to-jazz or grade 4-level pianist (and above) with an exciting, comprehensive step into the world of jazz - highly recommended. Alec Boulton - MUSIC TEACHER magazineI cannot praise it too highly... Vol. 1 and 2 together rank among the best instructional books that I have seen in the 21 years since Jazzwise started. Charles Alexander, JAZZWISERichards' approach is methodical, thorough and progressive. No shortage of useful information, much of it illuminated by the two well-played and well-produced CDs that accompany the books. Years of fruitful and fascinating study to be had, and plenty of good advice.Mark Gilbert, JAZZ REVIEW

ISBN: 9781902455242
Skill Level: Intermediate Explain this
Published on: 24 May 2005
No of pages: 240
Language: English
Catalogue No: ED12708

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        This is by far the best book on learning to play jazz piano that I have ever discovered. The difference with this one is its logical approach, the progression from piece to piece (with, it must be said, a fairly steep learning curve) - gives one the confidence to "have a go" and a feeling of "I can do this - with a bit more practice time!" Every morning I've been listening to the CD that comes with the book, and what an inspiration it is. If you really want to learn to play jazz piano, and you are willing and able to put in the hours practising (and that's exciting and rewarding in itself) then let this book be your step-by-step daily guide. I just want to say a big thank you to Tim Richards for this inspiring book and to Schott & Co. for a beautiful, practical publication.
        Anonymous - (Churchdown, United Kingdom)
        Amazing book - I needed to refresh my jazz skills after years of classical playing. He is also an ABRSM jazz examiner! I am slowly working through it and enjoying it!
        Anonymous - (Solihull, United Kingdom)

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