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Oscar Peterson - Jazz Exercises, Minuets, Etudes & Pieces for Piano [Paperback]

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Oct. 1 2005 keyboard instruction
(Keyboard Instruction). Legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson has long been devoted to the education of piano students. In this book he offers dozens of pieces designed to empower the student, whether novice or classically trained, with the technique needed to become an accomplished jazz pianist.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed April 19 2014
By BB
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Not quite what I was looking for. If you want another finger exercise book, this will do, but I was hoping for more jazz licks that could be used in improvisation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Oscar Aug. 15 2013
By Wesley
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This is a great book. Much better than practising scales over and over again. I have the first edition of this book which is very rare and I noticed that there are a few misprints in the book. This being the 2nd edition, I would have hoped that the errors would have been corrected but they just reprinted the first version and changed the cover. A little disappointed in hal leonard but aside from that, the content of the book is really good. I wish I had learned this stuff as a kid rather than memorizing scales, triads and arpeggios.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners and intermediates, but too elementary for advanced Sept. 8 2010
By Alan E. Barber - Published on Amazon.com
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I've played jazz piano for 10 years, more or less, as a self-taught pianist (although I have significant classical training). I've performed with my own groups, and written and arranged music for them. On the basis of other reviews, I ordered this book, hoping it would advance my technique and improvisational skills. I was disappointed.
This particular book would be great for a piano teacher with late beginner or early intermediate students who want to learn the very basics of jazz improv. To that end, most of the exercises are in the keys of C, F, Bb, G, and Eb. However, there's nothing here to challenge or help anyone beyond that level--there are lots of other books on the market that would do the job better. Also, there's no theory here, beyond the very basics of the blues progressions and ii-V-I progressions.
While the book is helpful for its intended audience, it's not for anyone who's advanced his/her playing beyond the most basic level.
My money wasn't wasted; I can use it with my students. But it won't help my playing. Too bad, too; I was hoping for something better from one of the jazz greats, who had the biggest technique of any jazz pianist I ever heard.
If you have this book, or if you intend on buying it, here are a couple of suggestions that may enhance its value:
1. Almost everything here is linear; in other words, there are few chords to work with, and no chord symbols anywhere. This is sad; in the words of the immortal Mel Bay, "if you don't know your chords, you'll never play well enough to be dangerous." So, do this: Figure out the chords that Oscar uses as the basis of a particular exercise, etude, or piece. Then, decide if he uses the root, third, fifth, or even seventh of the chord as the bass. Next, determine what tones in the basic chord have been altered: flat fifth, augmented fifth, major seventh, flat ninth, sharped ninth, or even the extensions, 11ths and 13ths. Then write the chord on the score. Not only will you learn the chords better, you'll see how they interrelate one with another as the piece flows from one chord to another.
2. Transpose all the of pieces to each of the 12 major keys (or minor keys if the piece is in minor mode). True, most jazz is written in a few standard keys, C, Bb, F, G, D, Eb. But "Body and Soul" and "Lush Life" are in Db, "'Round Midnight" is in Eb minor, "All the Things You Are" takes you all the way around the circle of fifths, as does "The Duke," by Dave Brubeck. Anything Billy Strayhorn wrote has ultra-challenging chord progressions ("Lush Life," "Chelsea Bridge," "Bloodcount"); guitar-oriented jazz groups often play in E and A because those keys are easier for guitarists. Much of the more recent jazz is either atonal (in that it floats from key to key without landing on any particular tonal center), or is written in one of the more obscure keys. In any event, you need fluency in all 12 keys--there's a reason why Bach wrote "The Well Tempered Clavier" the way he did! You'll get more bang for the buck if you take time to transpose the pieces, then perform the chordal analysis I suggested in #1.

I intend on using the book in this way with my own students. That way, what seems at first glance pretty simplistic will at least give them and me more value down the road.

In general, I was disappointed by this one. Books by Bill CunliffeJazz Inventions for Keyboard and Mark LevineThe Jazz Piano Book and The Jazz Theory Book already do a lot of what I suggested, and are more comprehensive to boot. They are better values for your dollar. If you're really adventurous, try these two by Jimmy Amadie, Harmonic Foundation for Jazz and Popular Music, and Jazz Improv: How to Play It and Teach It; there's a lot of info packed into a small space with those two books. However, they are a bit pricey.

But stay away from this one unless you're a beginner or you teach beginners. Then do the drills I suggest to make it worth your time and money.

Rest in peace, Oscar. We miss you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jazz Exercises Jan. 24 2010
By Tracy Nguyen - Published on Amazon.com
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This Jazz Exercise Book is great for jazz pianist of all levels: beginning, intermediate, and advance. The book has lots variations in the left and right hand. Compared to Hanon 60 exercise, Oscar Peterson's exercises were more enjoyable because the pieces offer a more complex and rich sound. Hanon is super repetitive, but Peterson's exercises are not. The Peterson's exercises getter harder as you go along the book. Each exercise is followed by a minuet. Each etude is followed by a piece. This book is smart in the pieces that are arranged. You can pull some riffs out of the scores/pieces for your jazz impoverishment as well. Overall, this jazz exercise book is one of the best I've encountered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars makes learning - and teaching - fun April 21 2008
By Evelyn, a modified god - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great technique teaching tool and a good inroad for any pianist interested in starting a little jazz repertoire.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, approachable music Oct. 12 2008
By By Me - Published on Amazon.com
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Recommended by my piano teacher. Started working with this book a few weeks ago, have made it through the first few exercises. Great book for someone who has been playing for a few years, but still wants to get better.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar Peterson - My Man!! Sept. 11 2012
By DAG - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been playing and learning jazz piano for the last 5-6 years. This book takes a very fundamental approach to teaching the technique. Each lesson starts with a narrative regarding what the student is attempting to achieve by completing the lesson. The lesson is provided and then a short piece or minuet follows to practice and show the technique in action. It was exactly what I was looking for. The pieces are challenging to complete but provide the musician with a true sense of accomplishment once finished. I wish all jazz practice books were set up in this manner. Highly - Highly recommend!!
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