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The Jazz Piano Book Spiral-bound – 1 Jan 1989

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  • Spiral-bound: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Sher Music; Spi edition (1 Jan. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961470151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961470159
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Format: Spiral-bound
Along with the author's Jazz Theory Book, I'd consider this (which preceeded the Jazz Theory Book by a few years) absolutely essential reading. Especially so if you are a beginner/intermediate pianist who is struggling to do some self-taught learning. That's how I learnt - and this book helped me to find the answer to virtually everything I wanted to know.

Don't get me wrong though - this book isn't for beginners. Levine assumes you can read music and already possess a technique that is functional, if not amazing. The book covers beginning II-V-I's and basic shell voicings, then moves on to cover areas such as scale theory, block chords, advanced voicings (slash chords, upper-structures, quartals etc), latin jazz etc. What makes this book so special - like his Jazz Theory Book - is that the author brings the theory alive with fully referenced recommended listenings. It was clearly a labour of love for him.

Despite getting on for being 10 years old (and having a bizarre front cover) if you only bought one book to learn about playing jazz piano, this is undoubtedly it.
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Format: Spiral-bound
This book has some interesting approaches to learning jazz piano and should improve any pianists appreciation of jazz harmony.It is quite a heavy read as he builds jazz chords up around the dominant chord and all its attendant colours such as the upper partials of 9th, 11th, and 13th very early on.
He sounds as he is quite an accompomplished jazz pianist and for mere mortals like myself it is necessary to invent exercises that take on each new conception he puts forward.I have only managed to conquer the early stages of his introduction to jazz harmony and at present coming to terms with the use of modes and modal harmony.The book is no worse than any other book on jazz and the fact that I am still ploughing through it proves there is much to learn and it is worth the trawl.
It would probably be more informative to give an appreciation of the book in a year's time.
Jazz piano is not for the faint hearted, it is a long term study full of practical suggestions that have to be worked through to give an honest assessment of the manual.
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I have never been able to put a finger on jazz, and have used several books but they have not been useful. This book debunked it all and frame it in a way I could understand and apply to my playing, immediately! Brilliant work!
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This is a REALLY good book and does get pretty technical. It is however, a book to use for years to come as a very handy reference book. I am glad I purchased it.
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This is a fantastic jazz theory book.
It is quite advanced, and you should know your way around the piano before you begin studying this book, because you go through the basics pretty quickly. Of all jazz theory books i own this is my favorite. It takes some time to go trough it all an practice all the techniques, scales and harmonics, but it is all worth it. The book makes use of some great examples from jazz standards. Which all illustrate the theory and makes it a lot more entertaining to read trough the book. The examples also makes for an easy way to practice what you are reading, while making your way through the book. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to take their jazz piano to the next level.
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This is an excellent product, Worth buying, especially for people with a classically trained background. This book gives you a large amount of information to progress in the Jazz world, This book from this day on will be my mother, father and referencing guide, number one rule is to work through this book slowly making sure you grab each concept and apply it until the technique soaks into your muscle memory.
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Format: Spiral-bound
Great book. Everything is explained in plain easy to understand language. I wouldHighly recommend this to anyone starting out in jazz
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