A Guide to Non-Jazz Improvisation: Piano Edition by Dan Fox and Dick Weissman. For Keyboard (Piano). Squareback saddle-stitched, Improvisation. All Styles. Beginning-Intermediate. Book/CD Set. 132 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20828BCD).
ISBN 9780786675524. All Styles. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.
This book will appeal to pianists who want to learn to improvise in many of the styles current today including blues, rock, Latin-American, country, New Age, World Music, etc.
The non-jazz improvisation series is a concept that germinated in Dick Weissman's mind while he was attending music school. He wrote a 15-piece arrangement of the old square dance tune, Cripple Creek, and wanted the trombone to take a solo as part of the arrangement. When the trombonist kept playing a bebop solo that was totally unsuitable for the chart, Dick realized that - in addition to the many musicians who do not improvise - there are even jazz musicians who don't know how to improvise outside the limits of their own stylistic backgrounds.
The non-jazz improvisation series mostly includes new original tunes that are intended to show how to improvise in many musical styles, including:
* American folk
* World music including South American, Eastern European and Asian
* Odd meters (playing in a variety of time signatures
* New Age
In short, the books are an encyclopedia of virtually every musical style, excluding jazz.