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(Instructional). Jazz Piano from Scratch is a complete step-by-step guide to playing jazz with confidence and style. Designed for the absolute beginner, it breaks down the process into simple yet fun activities, with many musical examples to illustrate the points made. The accompanying CD provides examples, activities and some great trio playing to use as a backdrop to the student's own work. Together with a range of other supporting materials pieces, scales, quick studies, aural tests and more this book/CD pack provides a comprehensive introduction to the world of jazz.
"...Provide[s] a wealth of jazz repertoire...to play, from the great African-American tradition to the vibrant, dynamic and multi-cultural nature of jazz today...[includes] a huge range of styles: funky rock grooves, up tempo swing tunes, calypsos, a bossa, latin pieces, jazz waltzes, modal pieces, bebop, gospel, rag and free jazz. There are classic tunes by the jazz greats including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk...brand-new pieces...commissioned from professional British jazz pianists and educators...Within each album there are 15 pieces presented in three categories: blues, standards, contemporary jazz. Each piece provides a head which contains all the characteristic voicings, phrasing and rhythmic patterns needed for a stylish performance. An improvised section follows, where guideline pitches and left-hand voicings are given as a practical starting-point for your own solos..."--back cover.
"...Will develop the technical skills you need to play jazz. It introduces patterns characteristic of the idiom, like the blues scale, the ♭3 pentatonic and various modes. It also explores these patterns on the roots and key centres commonly found in jazz. Regular and flexible practice of these forms, and using them as the basis for improvisation, will give you fluency and technical control and make your playing sound effortless and relaxed...sets out the scales by grade and gives a table of recommended speeds..."--back cover.
Anyone with basic keyboard skills (equivalent to Alfred's Basic Piano, Lesson Book 2) can dig right in and begin learning jazz right away. Spanning from the major scale and basic triad theory all the way through 7th chords, pentatonic scales and modulating chord progressions, this book features a full etude or tune demonstrating every new concept introduced. Beginning Jazz Keyboard breaks the age-old tradition of dry, intimidating and confusing jazz books, and provides an actual step-by-step and enjoyable method for learning to play in this style. The DVD demonstrates examples and offers opportunity to play along.

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