Smooth Jazz Piano: Keyboard Style Series (Hal Leonard Keyboard Style) Reviews

Smooth Jazz Piano: Keyboard Style Series (Hal Leonard Keyboard Style)

Smooth Jazz Piano: Keyboard Style Series (Hal Leonard Keyboard Style)

This comprehensive book and CD package will teach you the basic skills you need to play smooth jazz piano. From comping to soloing, you’ll learn the theory, the tools, and the tricks used by the pros. The accompanying CD features many of the examples in the book performed either solo or with a full band. Specifically, you’ll learn: scales and chords, harmony and voicings, progressions and comping, rhythmic concepts, melodies and soloing, characteristic stylings, the history of jazz, and more. TH

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  1. Delta Dave "blues_man"
    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Concentrated instruction with a great CD, November 15, 2006
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    Delta Dave “blues_man” (Santa Clara, CA United States) –

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    The heart and soul of this book are the great short exercises and extended compositions that are excellently rendered on the included CD. Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of this book drip smooth jazz just the way you hear it on the radio. It is very helpful to see this beautiful music written out and to hear it on the CD. Harrison illustrates each new playing technique with a very musical example that is fun to practice. He ties it all together with seven beautiful but practical compositions in the last chapter. Chapters 1, 2, and 3 are a bit thin. Harrison moves very quickly through the theory. Playing through the exercises in Mark Harrison’s The Pop Piano Book will be really helpful in mastering Smooth Jazz Piano, particularly to master Harrison’s upper structure over root chord voicings. For an advanced player, this is a stand alone book. The intermediate player will benefit by playing through the exercises in The Pop Piano Book, before moving on the Smooth Jazz Piano.

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  2. P. Elliott
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Choice For Improving Jazz Phrasing, December 7, 2006
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    P. Elliott (Texas) –
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    Before buying this book I have to say: It helps to have some keyboard experience and to know how to read music. Smooth Jazz Piano does a good job of introducing theory, harmony, voicing and melodies (not riffs). You’ll get a nice helping hand in soloing or improvising but you’ll probably want to get another cd or transcribe to improve in these areas. I HIGHLY recommend this book for the student of contemporary/smooth jazz.

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