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Solo Jazz Piano

The Linear Approach

By Neil Olmstead

The Linear Approach. Berklee Guide. Book with CD. 310 pages. Published by Berklee Press (HL.50449444).

Item Number: HL.50449444
ISBN 0634007610. 9x12 inches.

A step-by-step approach to solo jazz improvisation for piano. 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.

  • CD Tracks 
  • Foreword by William Thomas McKinley 
  • Acknowledgments 
  • Introductions 
  • Fundamentals of Chord Theory 
  • Chord Extensions 
  • Half-Note Motives 
  • Ballad to Swing 
  • Walking bass 
  • Linear Motives 
  • The Jazz Waltz 
  • Cdompound Lines 
  • Embellishing the Bass Line 
  • Pedal Point 
  • The Blues and Beyond 
  • Triads 
  • The Latin Connection 
  • Guide_Tone Lines 
  • Non-Chord Tones 
  • The Melody in the Middle 
  • Rhythmic Freedom 
  • Melodic Freedom 
  • Tristano Techniques 
  • Metric Modulation 
  • Motivic Development and Imitation 
  • Biographies 
  • Discography 
  • Modes and Jazz Scales 
  • Linear Independence Exercises 
  • Glossary 
  • About the Author 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

  • April 19, 2005 Learn From the Best

    More than just a book, 'Solo Jazz Piano: The Linear Approach' provides the pianist with lessons, an accompanying CD, and notated transcriptions. You will learn to play like Dave McKenna and Lenny Tristano by studying their techniques. In additon, you will lean how to express your own individuality, distinguishing your...

    playing from other pianists. By exercising your creativity, while improving on your technique, you will find your abilities soaring to new heights.

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