- Sheet music: 208 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford (27 Mar. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1860960154
- ISBN-13: 978-1860960154
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.6 x 29.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jazz Piano from Scratch: a how-to guide for students and teachers (ABRSM Exam Pieces) Sheet music – 27 Mar 1998
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Jazz Piano From Scratch is a much needed and very intelligently organized book for the beginning student or jazz piano teacher. I think it will inspire students to practice and continue study since the exercises are quite a lot of fun! (Randy Brecker)
. . . brilliant, lucid and thorough going. (Piano)
This is real recognition that jazz has equal musical value to the whole of the Western classical tradition, says Richard Michael (jazz musician and music teacher). Unlike others who pay ample lip-service to this fact, the Associated Board is putting its money where its mouth is. (The Scotsman)
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Now this book is "jazz piano from scratch" not "piano from scratch" nor "music from scratch"; if you don't know what "C major contrary motion" means you would be better off getting lessons for a couple of months to go over the absolute fundamentals.
It comes in three parts and has a CD. The CD illustrates a few points throughout the book, if you are intending on earing your way through it without reading music then you're in for a shock! Broadly speaking the first part deals with rythym, melody, and harmony in isolation, while the second part glues them all together. The third part is some pro tips for those going through the ABRSM jazz exams (which I am not) although it has a useful bundle of "vamps" (left hand patterns) you can splice into things you are playing.
This book requires work but it pays off. The first part especially could seem quite tedious to those who are already functional at the piano but you need to force yourself through the exercises, because a) they're harder than they seem and b) your aural skills are probably rubbish and if you want to improve as a musician you need to get them a lot better.Read more ›
What I like most about this book is it is good fun. It really is just a whole bunch of pointers, ideas and hints to make practising more fun. So you can either work methodically through it, or dip in whenever your wondering what to practice, or feeling in a bit of a rut.
Excellent presentation as well as content. Full marks to the authors, they have done a great job here.
(Oh the CD is the icing on the cake, with a large selection of audio cues to fill out the concepts in the book).
If you just want to keep your skill fine tuned on a basic level, I recommend this book to anyone. Also, if you want to be a better player - GET THOSE SCALES BOOKS :0)
For intermediate and professional level, it seems to be rather basic...however, provides insights to the beginner level.
In conclusion - this book is ideal for beginners - upcoming, in their infancy musicians.
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For any style of piano a basic knowledge of how to read notes and play the piano is needed, this book cannot be expected to walk you through the essential basics that all pianists... Read morePublished 12 months ago by george
Very comprehensive. Has everything you could possibly need to help with early jazz playing, presented in a very logical and easy-to-understand way.Published 19 months ago by Ruby
Totally recommend this book if you are completely new to jazz piano and improvisation but can already play the instrument. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J Something
I really like this book, the text is clear and descriptive and has been thoughtfully put together. Charles Beale obviously has a comprehensive understanding of music and Jazz but... Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2014 by ar64
I've only had this for a couple of weeks now but looking through the book it seems fairly basic. At the moment I am a bit disappointed but I will reserve judgement until I have... Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2013 by bazzamf
My boyfriend wanted this. It has a great introduction to understanding the form of jazz for beginners, and he has enjoyed using it for several months now.Published on 22 Nov. 2011 by Lotli
This book is not well named. I hoped to be able to learn to play jazz piano but actually you have to already be able to play the piano well, before you look at this book. Read morePublished on 23 April 2010 by Mr. S. W. Pitts
exactly what i was looking for: easy to read, a lot of examples and a CD to check how they soundPublished on 8 May 2009 by Paul Nielsen