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Jazz Piano Ad-Lib Phrases

By Akimitsu Iwase

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Keyboard (piano) - Intermediate
Composed by Akimitsu Iwase. Perfect binding, Improvisation. Jazz. Book. 96 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20909).

Item Number: MB.20909

ISBN 9780786607440. Jazz. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

The contents of this textbook are training exercises and practical examples. The training sections include various combinations and patterns which will help in developing a jazz-like approach. These exercises can be considered as source material for developing your own ad-lib phrases. As for the practical examples, the phrases included here are not taken literally from any particular jazz pianist, but rather embody well known patterns typical of the bebop and post-bebop eras. Aimed at intermediate students to develop their potential of ad-lib solos, but is also good for beginners to train their fingers and ears for the future.

  • Chapter 1: 
  • Training for Scales and Arpeggios 
  • Variation of Arpeggios 
  • Chromatic Approach for the 7th Scales 
  • Chapter 2: 
  • Example of Phrasing for a Major Chord 
  • Example of Phrasing for a Minor Chord 
  • Chapter 3: 
  • Example of Phrasing for ii-V-1 
  • Major Key 
  • Minor Key 
  • Chapter 4: 
  • Bebop-Like Phrases for Major Chords 
  • Bluesy Phrases 
  • Chapter 5: 
  • Plain Turnaround Using Diatonic Scales 
  • Remaking vi Chord as Dominant 7th Chord (Major) To Give the Function of Dominant to iim7 
  • Converting iim 7 Chord to II7 Chord (Dominant 7th) to give the Function of Dominant to V7 
  • Changing the I Chord to III7, As a Substitute Chord 
  • Progression From Tonic-> Minor 3rd->4th ->4th -> Half Step Down (Tonic) 
  • Chapter 6: 
  • The Half Whole Diminished Scale 
  • Chapter 7: 
  • Non-Diatonic Scales 
  • Chapter 8: 
  • Left-Hand Voicing Guide