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The piano improvisation handbook : a practical guide to musical invention

Author: Carl Humphries
Publisher: Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : CD audio : Music   Sound Recording : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the practical skills, and theoretical issues involved in mastering all forms of piano improvisation, including classical, jazz, rock and blues.
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Genre/Form: Methods (Music)
Programmed instructional materials
Methods Self-instruction
Material Type: Music
Document Type: Book, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Humphries
ISBN: 9780879309770 0879309776
OCLC Number: 359890762
Description: 488 pages : illustrations, music ; 29 cm + 1 compact disc (digital; 4 3/4 in.)
Contents: Introduction --
Section One: Unit One, Basic Theory (The keyboard, Notation, Timing, Scales, Chords, Keys) ; Unit Two, Basic Technique (Posture and hand shape, Finger independence, Fingering, Controlling sound, Legato & staccato, Practising scales, Practising chords, Pedal). Section Two: Unit Three, Exploring Melody (Melody and improvisation, Scale theory, Simple melodic movement, Simple melodic continuation) ; Unit Four, Exploring Chords (Chord layout, Connecting chords, Progressions) ; Unit Five, Exploring Keys (Key relations, Major and minor, Transposition, Modulation) ; Unit Six, Exploring Rhythm (Counting, Syncopation and swing, Coordinating the hands, Rhythm and melody, Rhythm and harmony). Section Three: Unit Seven, The Classical Approach (Solo melody, Countermelody, Melody and bass, Chords and bass, Extended harmony, Melody and chords (I), Melodic variation, Melody and chords (II)) ; Unit Eight, The Jazz Approach (Jazz harmony and scale theory, The II-V-I progression, Left-hand voicings, Licks and improvised melodies, Standards and lead sheets, Reharmonisation, Alternative structures, Alternative voicings). Section Four: Unit Nine, Developing Material (The goal-note approach, Phrase structure, Improvising from scratch, Melodic and harmonic reduction, Working with ideas, Colour and texture, Arranging and improvising) ; Unit Ten, Form & Style in Improvisation (Form in classical music, Style in classical music, Form in jazz and rock, Style in rock, jazz, and blues).
Responsibility: Carl Humphries.

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