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Pentatonic Scales for the Jazz/Rock Keyboardist

By Jeff Burns

Jazz Book. Rock Instruction, Jazz Instruction. 40 pages. Published by Houston Publishing (HL.220004).

Item Number: HL.220004

ISBN 0793576792. 9x12 inches.

An exciting book on the theory and studies of the Pentatonic Scales for the Jazz-Rock keyboardist. It covers the basics of how to build pentatonic scales, a comprehensive practice routine, and a jazz vocabulary.

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  • 5

    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • 2004-09-09 00:00:00.0 New scales for improvising or theory

    In addition to the traditional pentatonic scale, this book introduces eight other pentatonic scales. Full fingerings for each of these nine scales are given in all twelve keys for both right and left hand, which is to say, the book gives us two hundred and sixteen sets of fingerings in...

    all (assuming I’ve done the arithmetic right). Each chapter begins with a brief explanation of how a particular scale can be used in a jazz or rock context. The book itself begins with a highly compressed explanation of the theory behind the scales. This theory section should prove interesting for serious theorists, students, and composers, but might prove difficult for many practical keyboardists. Those practical keyboardists who do find it difficult, however, can easily just skip the theory section, and cut to the chase. Practicing the eight new pentatonic scales in all keys and both hands should provide them with an abundance of fresh-sounding material for improvisation.

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