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Jazz Piano - Level 1

The Complete Method

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The Complete Method. Instructional. Jazz and Instructional. Instructional book (softcover) and examples CD. With introductory text, instructional text, standard notation, chord names, musical examples and glossary. 56 pages. Published by ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) (HL.290529).

Item Number: HL.290529

ISBN 0634033069. 9x12 inches. Book/CD Packs.

What good is music if it ain't got that swing? - Duke Ellington The Associated Board responds with Jazz Piano, a comprehensive introduction to the world of jazz. A pioneering set of publications and optional assessment materials provides the building blocks you need to play jazz with imagination, understanding and style, and to improvise effectively right from the start. Five levels of graded pieces contain a wide range of styles: funky jazz, up-tempo swing, calypso, Latin, jazz waltz, modal, bebop, gospel, ragtime, free jazz and more. There are classic tunes by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk. Within each level there are 15 pieces, aural tests, quick studies, scales, arpeggios and a CD. The 15 pieces are presented in three categories: blues, standards, and contemporary jazz. Each piece provides a head/melody which contains all the characteristic voicings, phrasing, and rhythmic patterns needed for a stylish performance. An improvised section follows, where guideline pitches and left-hand voicings are given as a practical starting point for solos. Totally accessible and at the highest musical standards, these pieces provide the opportunity to play jazz confidently and creatively!

  • Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby) 
  • Perdido 
  • O, Lord, Please Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me 
  • Bags' Groove 
  • Inchworm 
  • Jean Pierre 
  • Bedford Square Blues 
  • Blue Autumn 
  • Bottle Junction 
  • He Is Sadly Melting 
  • Here We Go Again 
  • Prove You Groove 
  • Slinky Thing 
  • Yokate 
  • (Old Man From) The Old Country 

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  • 4

    desoto kansas
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  • luglio 21, 2007 best for in-class work

    the five books in this series and the "from scratch" volume by Dr. charles beale provide a good two years of work for the dedicated student. they aren't really for self study. so much material is covered that the student would benefit from having a teacher to guide him...

    /her through these books. it is really a system geared to preparing for the Royal School of Music examinations. instructions and example test questions are provided.

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    Lydia Becker
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  • maggio 04, 2007 good practice

    I really like that book, it helps me a lot with my improvisation skills and I'm working in my piano lessons together with my teacher in this book. Great music for improvisation beginners!!!!

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