Complete Improvisation, Fills & Chord Progressions Book
by Gail Smith
Piano Method - Sheet Music

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Piano - Intermediate

SKU: MB.95761

Composed by Gail Smith. Liturgical, Technique, Theory and Reference, Piano and Keyboard, Classical, Perfect binding, Christian. Complete. All styles. Book. 228 pages. Mel Bay Publications, Inc #95761. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.95761).

ISBN 9780786618415. UPC: 796279033183. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This book was written to provide a methodology for improvisation on the piano. Patterns are analyzed in and notated in all keys. Examples are given to illustrate how and where a fill fits. Then, step by step you can learn how to add the left hand accompaniment based on a lead sheet, or improvise with the right hand. While improvising, patterns may be woven into a beautiful tapestry of sound. Just as a kaleidoscope creates beautiful colorful patterns before your eye, the patterns in this book will enable you to create a kaleidoscope of musical sounds for your ears. Most of the book consists of short examples using familiar tunes.

  • Table of Contents:
  • Foreword
  • Chapter 1: Improvise with the Whole Tone Scale
  • Examples
  • The Water Fall
  • Augmented Chords with Whole-Tone Scales
  • Chapter 2: Chords and Roman Numerals
  • Every Chord in Every Key
  • Dominant 7 - Tonic in Every Key
  • Chapter 3: The Scale Used as a Fill
  • Every Major and Minor Scale
  • Examples of Two-Beat Fills
  • Chapter 4: Chimes
  • Harmonic Intervals
  • Examples of Chimes
  • Chapter 5: The A B C's of Improvising
  • A. Notes Remain the Same
  • B. Notes Step
  • C. Notes Skip
  • Chapter 6: Right-Hand Whole Measure Fills
  • Examples of Whole Measure Fills
  • Four-beat Fills in Every Key
  • Three-beat Fills in Every Key
  • Chapter 7: Left-Hand Patterns in 3/4 Time
  • Amazing Grace
  • Brahms Lullaby
  • Patterns in 3/4 Time in Twelve Keys
  • Chapter 8: Left-Hand Patterns in 4/4 Time
  • Shenandoah
  • Patterns in 4/4 Time in Twelve Keys
  • Chapter 9: Faster Left-Hand Patterns in 4/4 Time
  • Patterns in faster 4/4 Time in Twelve Keys
  • Chapter 10: Special Effects
  • Broken Chords
  • Chromatic Patterns
  • Diminished Scales
  • Secondary Sub-Dominant Chords
  • Dominant and Sub-Dominant Arpeggios
  • Major-Seven Chords Voiced
  • Turnarounds
  • Substitution Chords
  • Dominant to Tonic using the Blues Scale
  • Review
  • Chapter 11: Chord Progressions
  • Right-Hand Add 9 Fill
  • Chord Progressions in Twelve Major Keys
  • Right-Hand Patterns in Twelve Keys
  • Twelve-Bar Blues Patterns
  • More Right-Hand Patterns in Twelve Keys
  • Chapter 12: Faster Right-Hand Riffs
  • The Twelve-Bar Blues Progression (example)
  • Twenty-four faster fills for the right hand
  • Chapter 13: Minor Chord Patterns and Progressions
  • Chord Progression
  • Improvisation
  • Twenty-four Minor Right-Hand Patterns in Twelve Keys
  • Chapter 14: Improv with the Left-Hand (Fills for Roman Numeral Bass Progression)
  • Four Chord Progressions
  • Pachelbel's Canon as a progression
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • Left-Hand Patterns for basic chord progressions in 4/4 Time
  • Left-Hand Patterns for basic chord progressions in 3/4 Time
  • Chapter 15: Fills for Both Hands Together
  • Chapter 16: Pseudo-modulations
  • Pseudo-modulations in twelve keys
  • Chapter 17: Happy Endings
  • Twelve Different Endings in Twelve Keys
  • Chapter 18: The "Two-Five-One" Progression
  • The Cycle of Chords
  • Review of Patterns
  • Final Assignment