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Complete Improvisation, Fills & Chord Progressions Book
Sheet Music Book
By Gail Smith

Piano - Intermediate
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).

Item Number: MB.95761

ISBN 9780786618415. 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 
  • Ratings + Reviews

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    Nashville, TN
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  • February 19, 2009 May Not Be What You Expected

    Although this music was well written showing different ideas in every key, I was expecting more from it looking for more advanced styles of fillers and improvs.

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