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Jazz Piano from Scratch

A How-To Guide for Students and Teachers

By Dr. Charles Beale

A How-To Guide for Students and Teachers. Instructional. Jazz, Instructional and Theory. Instructional book and examples CD. With introductory text, instructional text, standard notation, chord names, musical examples and glossary. 197 pages. Published by Hal Leonard in Association with ABRSM Publishing (HL.290534).

Item Number: HL.290534

ISBN 0634033115. With introductory text, instructional text, standard notation, chord names, musical examples and glossary. Jazz, Instructional and Theory. 9x12 inches.

Jazz Piano from Scratch is a complete step-by-step guide to playing jazz with confidence and style. Designed for the absolute beginner, it breaks down the process into simple yet fun activities, with many musical examples to illustrate the points made. The accompanying CD provides examples, activities and some great trio playing to use as a backdrop to the student's own work. Together with a range of other supporting materials - pieces, scales, quick studies, aural tests and more - this book/CD pack provides a comprehensive introduction to the world of jazz.

  • All Blues 
  • The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero) 
  • Take The 'A' Train 
  • Chameleon 
  • I'm Beginning to See the Light 
  • In a Silent Way 
  • One Note Samba (Samba De Uma Nota So) 
  • Song For My Father 
  • C-Jam Blues 
  • Bags' Groove 
  • The Girl From Ipanema (Garota De Ipanema) 
  • Killer Joe 
  • I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free 
  • Barrelhouse Blues 

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  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Cincinnati, OH
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • August 14, 2008 Thick, but thorough

    This book is thick - a lot of text. The starter book for the Jazz Piano series, From Scratch presents the essentials. Students MUST have an understanding of theory, and should know scales and have a good sense of rhythm before opening this book. Each chapter presents a concept and is...

    organized into parts: "Starting Out," which begins with a rhythm workshop, and goes on to pitch, chords... on to "Moving On" - playing standards, 12-bar blues... It finishes with Preparing for the Assessment. The book also includes a nice short listening guide, though not all the albums are so easy to find. From here, students use the other books from the Jazz Piano series -charts including a melody/accomp and a comp page for improvising. In my opinion, and use, one of the best out there for teaching Jazz Piano. I also have used Lee Evans' series of books which is an alternative (for those with less patience perhaps), but not as thorough, or for my students as successful.

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