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Exploring Jazz Scales for Keyboard

By Bill Boyd

Instructional. Jazz, Scales and Improvisation. Instructional book. With standard notation, introductory text, instructional text, chord names, fingerings and musical examples. 80 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.221015).

Item Number: HL.221015

ISBN 9780793515448. 9x12 inches.

Scales provide the basis for jazz improvisation and fill-ins. The scales presented in this book produce idiomatic sounds associated with many jazz styles. Boyd explores the jazz scales and examines their potential, giving the player more improvisation resources. Each chapter includes charts with the scales written in all keys with suggested fingerings and a list of chords which complement each scale. Music examples apply the scales to jazz chord progressions and compositions. Upon completion, the student will gain new insights into the practical application of jazz scales and will be able to enhance performance.

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  • 3

    Manuel Padron
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • November 14, 2007 Not the Only Scale

    This method is too confined to the Pentatonic scale. Its title should really be "Application of the Pentatonic Scale for Jazz Improvisation." There are many more scales that are used in jazz, which do not emanate from the pentatonic scale.

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