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A Guide to Non-Jazz Improvisation: Piano Edition

By Dan Fox and Dick Weissman

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Keyboard (piano) - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Dan Fox and Dick Weissman. Squareback saddle-stitched, Improvisation. All Styles. Book/CD Set. 132 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20828BCD).

Item Number: 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:

* Blues
* Country
* American folk
* Latin-American
* World music including South American, Eastern European and Asian
* Odd meters (playing in a variety of time signatures
* New Age
* Classical
* Folk-Rock

In short, the books are an encyclopedia of virtually every musical style, excluding jazz.

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