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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing; Pap/DVD edition (25 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617740195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617740190
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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I received this as a Christmas present last year and was thrilled to say the least. What you get is 150 pages of sheet music, which accurately transcribes Dick Hyman's performances of many classic Jazz Piano styles. As well as this you get a DVD of Dick Hyman playing all the contents of the sheet music, but more of that later.

The sheet music is excellent. The transcriptions are spot on, and Hyman covers a large spectrum of Jazz Piano styles. Be warned; a lot of this is very difficult. Apart from the individual exercises there isn't much in this volume that falls below grade 6 in classical terms, and some of the pieces are grade 8 or higher. Particularly the Art Tatum inspired renditions!

Sadly now comes the downside to this review. Tonight I decided to watch some of the DVD to hear one of the pieces I'd been trying to play. As soon as I started playing "Someone to Watch Over Me" I had to turn the sound down very quickly as the distortion was pretty bad. After a while you get used to it, at lower volumes, but I'm surprised that nobody else has picked up on this in any of the reviews on Amazon UK or .com, or for that matter Hal Leonard.

I've tried the DVD in two different players, with the same result. Neither machine produces distortion for any other disc I've played recently, and I've tried another disc after the Hyman disc and got no distortion. I've also checked my TV, which is not producing distortion through the speakers either.

I could just have been unlucky, and received one of a poor batch. Its such a shame as with good sound the product would be exemplary.

So my 4 stars are 5 for the sheet music, and grudgingly 3 for the DVD.
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Purely, from a novice piano players point of view..........................
Dick Hyman is 'one' of my favourite exponents when it comes to jazz piano playing.
It is a meaty book...................."all dat meat and no potatoes". Let me explain.
It is what it states: the development of jazz throughout the last century.
Most of the examples within the book, have been recorded by Dick Hyman, himself.
The novice can only marvel at the virtuosity of the more complex examples.
The novice will never reach such a high standard, no matter how many hours he/she may devote to them. The way forward for the novice is to develop a style of their own....How to create that style is a mystery to all us plodders. Such a book: 'A Journey into Embellishment', as an example, has yet to be published...............Simple melodies, with advice, and ways on how to expand them into something of our own creation, is what is required on music shelves.....This book created by Dick Hyman deserves 5 stars, the book is impressive but is aimed at the top echelon of gifted pianists: the musical arrangements are way beyond my ability.
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A great accompaniment to his Century of Jazz series
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great history lesson and great lessons/learning materials. 18 Nov. 2013
By Joe Audette - Published on Amazon.com
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This book and DVD are a treasure for anyone interested in ragtime, stride, and jazz piano styles. The author demonstrates analyzes and deconstructs the devices and techniques of many of the great jazz pianists as well as the history and evolution of piano styles in general. Everything he shows you on the dvd is also transcribed in the book. For a beginner you could watch this a few times just to see the landscape of what is possible and what has been done before and intermediate to advanced players can pick up lots of good technique tips. The 2 hour dvd alone would be worth the price of admission but having the transcriptions along with the dvd really makes this a great value. The author is an amazing piano player in his own right. Highly recommended. Like the other reviewer I own a lot of piano learning material and this package stands out as a real gem.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is like taking master classes with Dick Hyman on the development ... 15 Aug. 2014
By Kenji - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an extraordinary work. It is like taking master classes with Dick Hyman on the development of jazz piano. You get examples of multiple piano styles and Dick’s comments (often humorous) on them. I learned from just watching him attack the keys. The work is transcribed completely, and often has fingering for playing fast runs. This work is so unusual and good that it could be a model for teaching other subjects. This book is not for beginners, but it would make a good gift for a teenager who was an intermediate to advanced pianist, because it shows what can be done with various styles of piano playing.

Note to the author: Dick, I know that this might be a bit tame for you, but would you create a similar book on cocktail piano in the same style, giving your thoughts, how you think about playing technique, about chord substitutions, etc.? That would be another wonderful work. Thank you for sharing your expertise.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most amazing music book EVER 21 Aug. 2013
By James Carr - Published on Amazon.com
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I own literally hundreds of music books on banjo, guitar, harmonica, piano,
you name it.
I have NEVER come across anything like this.
You pop in the DVD and here's Dick Hyman playing and talking non-stop for 2 hours in awesome audio and video.
But here's the kicker: Every word he says and every note he plays is transcribed PRECISELY in the book!

The material is jumpin' jazz: phenomenal and historically significant.

Dick played at Birdland with Lester Young, scored films for Woody Allen, and arranged for Count Basie, Doc Serverinsen and NBC TV.

Bobbing your head back and forth from screen to book
will give you a cozmic buzz.

I'm lovin' it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 29 Dec. 2013
By Ralph Hedges - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr Hyman's performances are superb, along with his explanations of the genre. The book, however, is not for the pianist/student who is not reasonably advanced.

A Must for the pianist!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 May 2014
By shelby pereira - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent material for intermediate to advanced jazz pianists. Dick hyman is brilliant. The transcriptions are very accurate and useful. Material for hours of practice.
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