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Solo Jazz Piano - 2nd Edition

The Linear Approach

By Neil Olmstead

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The Linear Approach. Berklee Guide. Softcover with CD. 312 pages. Published by Berklee Press (HL.50449641).

Item Number: HL.50449641

ISBN 087639120X. 9x12 inches.

Learn to improvise using the techniques pioneered by piano greats Lenny Tristano and Dave McKenna. This methodical approach to learning the art of solo jazz piano improvisation will free your creative sense of music. It begins with a review of chord symbol interpretation, walks through bass line development, and ends with how to play several melodic lines simultaneously in stimulating musical conversation. You'll learn how to develop solos that embellish and support the melody, and use lead sheets to help you generate your own musical ideas. Twenty-one lessons present techniques, practice exercises, and tunes based on jazz standards. Notated transcriptions of sample improvisations illustrate each lesson's technique, and the accompanying CD lets you hear a master improviser put these ideas to work. Packed with hundreds of ideas that will teach you the art of improvisation!