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David Bennett Cohen Teaches Blues Piano, Volume 2 [With *] (Listen & Learn) [Paperback]

David Bennett Cohen
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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation; Pap/Com edition (Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 079358857X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793588572
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 22.9 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,046,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blues is a form of folk music, and as such is usually not played the same way each time. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best tutorial books available 12 Nov 2010
By gjb
I love this Piano blues tutorial book! I have been trying to teach myself blues piano for some years now but up until now, I haven't found the right book. As an intermediate piano/keyboard player I was looking for some riffs that sound great that I could learn quickly with a simple left hand bass pattern. This tutorial book ticks all the boxes.

The CD is also very comprehensive and offers many examples arranged progressively in order of difficulty. Within the first two chapters you find yourself playing simple blues arrangements. Following this there are some little exercises to help learn quintuplets (very nice), and later on you find yourself incorporating quintuplets into a proper arrangement ...

Beware, if you are new to blues piano, then this tutorial book may be a little tricky. Maybe you should try Book 1 in this series. I think that the book could prove to be very useful for any keyboard player in a band who would like to enlarge their repertoire or great for the occasional player who enjoys tinkling on their piano at home ... !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blues from the ground up 29 May 2001
By Martin A - Published on
Over the past two years, I have laid hands on just about every "learn piano blues" book I have been able to track down. Some helped me a lot, others less so. Some were fine for an outright beginner, others needed you to be a fully trained musician to make any sense of them.
Daniel Cohen's book is based on an assumption that you know musical notation as far as you would learn it in the first few months of normal piano lessons. Apart from that, he starts at square one.
Daniel Cohen's book includes a CD. Even if you read music 100%, the inclusion of a CD is important. Blues rhythms are only approximated by musical notation, so you need to be able to *hear* them if you are going to play them right.
He starts from ground level - the is no assumption that you already know the chords for a 12-bar blues. Step-by-step exercises quickly get you playing simple but satisfyingly authentic sounding blues patterns.
Then he shows you a number of simple building blocks that can be put together to make your own blues solos. He goes on to cover turnarounds and endings - more blues building blocks.
The way Daniel Cohen presents his material all hangs together - for example he gives a demonstration of how the blues scale of the root note sounds fine when played over the three main chords of a blues tune. As soon as you have heard this and learned the notes of the scale, you will be picking out your own blues solo patterns.
One of the nice aspects is how Daniel Cohen's enthusiasm for the music comes across and how he gets you to avoid hangups that might otherwise inhibit your blues progress.
Obviously, one 24-page book (and its 54-track CD) won't cover everything. But if you work through each of the exercises, it will get you off to a very good start on your way to playing blues piano. And you will be on the way to REALLY playing the blues - not just being able to trot out two or three songs with no further way forward.
"Daniel Bennett Cohen Teaches Blues Piano" gets my wholehearted recommendation, with no reservations at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Gift from Mr Cohen 24 Sep 2002
By J. Meng - Published on
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I'm going to sound like I'm gushing here, but I can't say enough about the series 1 and 2 book/cd combos from this artist. I had searched for exactly this for quite awhile. After purchasing several other "Blues" books I was a bit discouraged. Then I found these. WOW! As he's teaching you can tell how much he loves the music, loves teaching, and genuinely desires it to be useful to you. I can tell from these he's a good man. Using simple basslines and written out solos, along with improvising ideas and rythm patterns he takes you quickly to the point of sounding like a real bluesman(blueswoman). Between the two volumes (you really will want both, trust me) he teaches you some beautiful slow blues. Some of the other basslines he provides lend themselves very well to the Slow Blues. Plenty of shuffle rythm blues in volume 1, and some really cool, driving straight time rythm boogies in volume 2. Thank you very much for these David!
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about Blues you can Use!!!!!! 1 Nov 2009
By Bernard J. Demuth - Published on
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As I wrote in the review of Book1, David makes everything accessible.

There is plenty of guidance from the author on the CD.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blues Course 9 July 2008
By Delta88 - Published on
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This is one of the best books to learn how to play the blues on piano you will ever find. The book and accompanying CD gives you all you need to learn the blues from the basics to more advanced as well as to create your own style.
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