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Jazz Connection, Book 3 - Book Only

Early Intermediate Level

By Eric Baumgartner

Piano/Keyboard - SMP Level 7 (Late Intermediate); NFMC Level: Moderately Difficult Class 3
Early Intermediate Level. Composed by Eric Baumgartner. Willis. Moderately Difficult Class 3 piece for the Piano Solo event with the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Festivals Bulletin 2008-2009-2010. 24 pages. Willis Music #12625. Published by Willis Music (HL.406787).

Item Number: HL.406787

ISBN 1480330205. 9x12 inches.

The Jazz Connection series explore the world of jazz and its influences on many musical styles including rock 'n' roll, blues, calypso and Latin American music. Book 3 consists of seven performance pieces written for the early intermediate level student. Purpose: Book 3 corresponds with Jazzabilities Book 3. Jazzabilities is a series that helps build a jazz vocabulary through short exercises and performance pieces. Jazz Connections reinforces this vocabulary through these entertaining pieces. Suggestions for Instruction: Students who haven't studied jazz will still recognize many of the rhythms and hand positions used in this book. However, triplets and swing-8ths are used extensively throughout. Patience must be applied to make sure these rhythms are learned accurately. Other Information: MIDI/CD orchestrations are available for the entire series. Key: Various.

About SMP Level 7 (Late Intermediate)

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4 to 5-note chords in both hands and scales in octaves in both hands.

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  • 2010-03-02 00:00:00.0 Fun and Challenging

    Level of difficulty corresponds to about Grade 7 of the RCM method from Canada and Grade 5 of the Trinity method from London, England. As students will be required to swing 8th notes for most of the songs, I would recommend some prior experience in simpler songs with swung 8th...

    notes if this book is going to be the first time a student plays jazz. I advise choosing this option of ONLY buying the book and not the corresponding CD, as the CD has a fake-sounding orchestral track of cheap Midi quality, and worse, all tracks have a Midi piano playing along, so the student never has the chance to be the only piano sound. This was disappointing, but may be of value to those who would benefit from constantly hearing the piano if jazz is a completely new genre. On an added note, the CD that corresponds with Baumgartner's Christmas book has corrected this, each song having a second track without piano sound so that the student CAN be the only piano sound.

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