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Before the Dawn, a Jazz piano solo from Modern Solos

By Michael Bomier

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Piano - Intermediate
Composed by Michael Bomier. Jazz, Repertoire, General Instructional, Secular. Sheet Music Single. 2 pages. Michael Bomier #GEBTD. Published by Michael Bomier (S0.5436).

Item Number: S0.5436

The jazz piano style known as "three-handed swing" was made famous, if not actually invented, by Boston pianist Dave McKenna. Here is a written-out, non-improvisational, original piece using that approach. The melody is either a single treble note or the top note of each right-hand chord, sometimes sustained through a change of the underlying harmony. The left hand plays a quarter-note bass line throughout, just as Mr. McKenna could do for hours on end! The piece is in an ambiguous key, using F# and F natural, C# and C natural, D# and D natural, for a sound that moves between E minor, C major and G major. Pedaling is optional. Approx duration 2 mins. .

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