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Cocktail Piano Styles - Volume 1

Volume 1

By Bill Irwin

Piano/Vocal/Guitar - SMP Level 6 (Late Intermediate)
Volume 1. Arranged by Bill Irwin. Creative Concepts Publishing. Standards. Collection. With lyrics, chord names and introductory text (does not include words to the songs). 80 pages. Creative Concepts #072016. Published by Creative Concepts (HL.315090).

Item Number: HL.315090

ISBN 1569220611. 9x12 inches.

27 favorites as arranged by Bill Irwin for piano solo with lyrics and chords, including: April in Paris * Can't Take My Eyes off of You * Candy * Dream a Little Dream of Me * A Good Man Is Hard to Find * I've Got the World on a String * It Had to Be You * Paper Doll * They Didn't Believe Me * You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It) * and more.

About SMP Level 6 (Late Intermediate)

4-note chords in both hands with large stretches and leaps. Irregular and complicated rhythms.

  • Candy 
  • Alley Cat Song 
  • Somebody Loves Me 
  • April In Paris 
  • Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You 
  • Do It Again 
  • Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans 
  • Dream A Little Dream Of Me 
  • A Good Man Is Hard To Find 
  • Honeysuckle Rose 
  • I Cried For You 
  • I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise 
  • I've Got The World On A String 
  • It All Depends On You 
  • It Had To Be You 
  • Look for the Silver Lining 
  • My Foolish Heart 
  • My Melancholy Baby 
  • Night Train 
  • Paper Doll 
  • Peg O' My Heart 
  • Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody 
  • Teach Me Tonight 
  • They Didn't Believe Me 
  • It Will Have To Do Until The Real Thing Comes Along 
  • When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) 
  • You Made Me Love You (I didn't Want to do it) 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Elkins Park, PA
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  • 2012-04-02 00:00:00.0 Cocktal Piano Styles Volume 1

    I like this book. Nice chording and not too difficult to read. Would like to see more of these arrangements.

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  • 3

    Los Angeles
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  • 2009-03-10 00:00:00.0 Not Quite What I thought

    The good thing about these arrangements is that they do include the chord symbols and these symbols are accurate consistently (although this is one possible "bop" way of doing subs). I found the quality of the written piano stylings to be inconsistent and a few of the songs are obscure...

    today while many other common standards are missing: Stardust? As time Goes By? Over the Rainbow?

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  • 1

    W.T. Crawford
    Longmont, Colorado
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • 2009-02-19 00:00:00.0 Disappointed

    I was very disappointed in this book. Not only were the arrangements mediocre, the choice of songs was also poor. I would have returned the book on your no questions asked return policy, but I waited too long to do so.

    13 of 32 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    Brian Ingram
    Manchester UK
  • 2008-09-11 00:00:00.0 Left Handed Bliss

    I always enjoyed playing the traditional boogies of Mead Lux Lewis Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons. These in this work, are harmonically more interesting,as some of these pieces have several chords in their structure. I particularly like where the left hand goes deep down in the bass, while the...

    right, is right up there in the treble.

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  • 5

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  • 2008-08-11 00:00:00.0 Sophisticated yet very playable

    I am not a big jazz fan, but these smooth, lush stylings are exactly the kind of jazz I do like. And I was glad to find the words inserted, so they can easily be modified to use as vocal accompaniments. I have no real ability to create my own...

    arrangements, but I'm pretty picky about those I'll play, whether for audiences or pure pleasure. Wish I'd found this book sooner!

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