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David Bennett Cohen Teaches Rock'n'Roll Piano

A Hands-On Beginner's Course in Traditional Rock Styles

By David Bennett Cohen

A Hands-On Beginner's Course in Traditional Rock Styles. Keyboard Instruction. Play Along. Softcover with CD. 48 pages. Published by Homespun (HL.311012).

Item Number: HL.311012

ISBN 0634062212. Play Along. 9x12 inches.

This easy play-along course will have you rockin' and rollin' in no time – even if you've never played this kind of piano before! David Cohen (The Blues Project, Country Joe and the Fish) starts you at the beginning, quickly getting you into the theory needed to understand the chord progressions, rhythm grooves and bluesy licks of rock. You'll soon be playing the riffs pioneered by Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard and other early piano greats! David helps you build coordination between left and right hand, teaching a variety of bass lines and treble licks and solos. You'll learn how to use techniques such as the glissando, the shuffle, Chuck Berry-style eighth note grooves, clavé (Bo Diddley) rhythms and the rock ballad. As he teaches, David passes on invaluable info on blues scales, turnarounds, ending licks, advice about playing in a band and much more. BONUS: Includes 3 backing tracks by a full rock rhythm section so you can practice what you've learned and play along! Level 1.

  • Fast Funk?Eighth Note Rhythms 
  • "Bo Diddley" Rhythm 
  • Rock n' Roll Ballad 
  • "Fats Domino" Rhythm 
  • Stop Time Rhythms 
  • Rock n' Roll Shuffle Rhythm 
  • Play Along with the Band 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • April 18, 2004 This is a great beginning book!

    I have tried a few of these books, and this is the best one for beginners. Cohen really DOES break things down for a beginner's level, but you do need some keyboard ability, like playing basic triads, etc., and the ability to read music certainly helps. His explanations on...

    the tape are very, very helpful.

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