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Jazz Piano Handbook

Jazz Piano Handbook composed by Michele Weir. For Piano. Lead Sheet; Reference Textbooks; Textbook - Jazz. Jazz. Book & CD. 128 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.26926).

ISBN 0739047957. Jazz.

If you’re a jazz singer or instrumentalist and don’t already have basic skills in jazz piano: now is the time! Piano skills are the gateway to understanding chords and progressions, checking lead sheets for accuracy, learning new tunes, arranging, writing your own tunes, becoming a better improviser and so on. This book outlines an easy step-by-step process that makes learning basic jazz piano easy and fun!

  • Before You Begin: Piano Review 
  • Technique basics 
  • Five-note warmup 
  • Scales 
  • Diatonic triads 

  • Chapter 1: Jazz Piano 101 
  • Circle of Fifths 
  • Chord Types 
  • Intro to Voicings 

  • Chapter 2: Position #1 (P1) 
  • Voicing P1 (major, dominant and minor seventh chords) 
  • ii-V-I progression 
  • Pattern P1 major 
  • Voicing P1 (minor seventh, flat five chords) 
  • Pattern P1 minor 

  • Chapter 3: Position #2 (P2) 
  • Voicing P2 (major, dominant and minor seventh chords) 
  • Pattern P2 major 
  • Voicing P2 (minor seventh, flat five chords) 
  • Pattern P2 minor 

  • Chapter 4: Applying the Patterns 
  • Connecting the dots 
  • The nature of chord progressions 
  • FAQ: What do I do if...? 

  • Chapter 5: Rhythmic Styles 
  • Swing 
  • Bossa Nova 
  • Additional rhythmic styles: jazz waltz, samba and ballads 

  • Chapter 6: Expanding Your Palette 
  • Color Notes 
  • Five-note voicings 

  • Chapter 7: Positions #3 (P3) and #4 (P4) 
  • Voicing and pattern P3 
  • Voicing and pattern P4 
  • Mixing and matching patterns (P1, P2, P3, and P4) 

  • Chapter 8: Open Voicings 
  • Drop 2 
  • Non-formulaic open voicings 

  • Chapter 9: Pianistic Texture 
  • Broken Chords 
  • Passing notes 

  • Chapter 10: Playing the Tune 
  • Harmonizing the melody 
  • Fills 
  • Melodic troublemakers 

  • Appendix I: Etudes (Jazz Standards) 
  • 1. Rainy Day 
  • 2. You Love Me 
  • 3. The Moon Has Risen 
  • 4. Lullaby for the Birds 
  • 5. A Fool's Day 
  • 6. In Love I Will Fall 
  • 7. Time and Time Again 
  • 8. Far Away a Long Time Ago 
  • 9. What Could Be New? 
  • 10. Don't Tell Me 
  • 11. You Are All Things 
  • 12. Valentine's Day 
  • 13. Embraceable You 
  • 14. A Foggy Day 

  • Appendix II: Catalog of Chord Symbols and Color Notes 
  • Glossary 

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