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The Joy of Boogie and Blues [Paperback]

Denes Agay
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Nov. 30 1989
A colorful repertory of popular-style piano pieces in the easy-to-intermediate grades. Includes: The Saints Boogie, Sunrise Serenade, and Maple Leaf Rag.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for the intermediate level player Aug. 1 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A teacher gave this book to me as a child. Now, many years later, I've started playing again and I STILL love this book. The pieces are difficult enough to be interesting, with some sophisticated sounds, yet there are enough downright easy arrangements (3-4 in the beginning of the book) that you shouldn't get too frustrated. This is not a beginning, learning-to-play book, but you don't need to have any background in the blues. My biggest complaint is that most songs do not have the words, even when I know they exist. Some songs have words, and all songs have chords listed. I only recently looked at the back of the book and realized that there are many more in the Joy series. I've tried a few, and so far they are all interesting and right at my level. Also note that there is a Joy of Boogie and Blues, Book 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trying out Boogie and the Blues Jan. 27 2001
Format:Paperback
This 64-page book is an excellent supplement to someone learning to play piano and wanting some interesting variety in the tunes they learn. There are 27 songs included in the popular idioms of Jazz, Ragtime, Rock, and, of course, Boogie and Blues. As a teenager, I played the accordion, and then later, I learned to play the electronic organ. Recently I purchased a portable keyboard and wanted to become more agile at two-handed piano playing. This book fit in perfectly with my program of study. For example, two early songs in the book, the Aunt Rhody Boogie and the Boll Weevil Boogie, include a distinctive, but easily playable, boogie accompaniment to a jazzy rendition of these classic folk tunes.
About half of the tunes are original compositions or arrangements by Denis Agay, the editor of this book, but you will also find such classics as Sunrise Serenade (Franke Carle), Maple Leaf Rag (Scott Joplin), and China Jumps (Thomas "Fats" Walker). For those with older eyes, the music is clearly printed and easy to read and most of the arrangements can be played without worrying about turning the page in the middle of the song.
Beginning to intermediate piano players should be able to master any of the tunes in this book and will be able to add some very delightful and pleasing arrangements to their repertoire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good,but could be improved Aug. 21 2001
Format:Paperback
Good book for beginners-intermediate learners.To be a very good one it lacks,however,a CD with the songs recorded.A reference to the speed in the metronome would also be helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trying out Boogie and the Blues Jan. 27 2001
By Joe Waters - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This 64-page book is an excellent supplement to someone learning to play piano and wanting some interesting variety in the tunes they learn. There are 27 songs included in the popular idioms of Jazz, Ragtime, Rock, and, of course, Boogie and Blues. As a teenager, I played the accordion, and then later, I learned to play the electronic organ. Recently I purchased a portable keyboard and wanted to become more agile at two-handed piano playing. This book fit in perfectly with my program of study. For example, two early songs in the book, the Aunt Rhody Boogie and the Boll Weevil Boogie, include a distinctive, but easily playable, boogie accompaniment to a jazzy rendition of these classic folk tunes.
About half of the tunes are original compositions or arrangements by Denis Agay, the editor of this book, but you will also find such classics as Sunrise Serenade (Franke Carle), Maple Leaf Rag (Scott Joplin), and China Jumps (Thomas "Fats" Walker). For those with older eyes, the music is clearly printed and easy to read and most of the arrangements can be played without worrying about turning the page in the middle of the song.
Beginning to intermediate piano players should be able to master any of the tunes in this book and will be able to add some very delightful and pleasing arrangements to their repertoire.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for the intermediate level player Aug. 1 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A teacher gave this book to me as a child. Now, many years later, I've started playing again and I STILL love this book. The pieces are difficult enough to be interesting, with some sophisticated sounds, yet there are enough downright easy arrangements (3-4 in the beginning of the book) that you shouldn't get too frustrated. This is not a beginning, learning-to-play book, but you don't need to have any background in the blues. My biggest complaint is that most songs do not have the words, even when I know they exist. Some songs have words, and all songs have chords listed. I only recently looked at the back of the book and realized that there are many more in the Joy series. I've tried a few, and so far they are all interesting and right at my level. Also note that there is a Joy of Boogie and Blues, Book 2.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not a "how to" book. Feb. 11 2013
By Frank Beeckman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The author"
Denes Agay (1911-2007) is a Hungarian composer, editor, conductor and piano teacher, with a PhD from Lizt Music Academy. He is best known as author of 96 books on music, mostly on piano. His "Best Loved Songs of the American People" (1975), is still a bestseller. He emigrated to the United States in 1939. He conducted the NBC radio show "Guest Star". After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was band and choir conductor to entertain the many sick and wounded. His "Modern Classics" and "Joy Of" -series became the standard repertoire of every piano teacher for 60 years. He has also written "An Anthology of Piano Music" , covering the Baroque, the classical period, romanticism and the 20th century. He has created The Denes Agay Piano and Composition Fund for scholarships at the Juilliard, and Denes Agay Scholarship Fund at the University of Southern California.

The book:
Songs are in the key of C, G, D, F, Eb and Ab. In 4/4 and 2/4, and it includes chords. Five songs have lyrics (*). Most songs are by the author, unles marked ():
Aunt Rhody Boogie (Gerald Martin)
Ballad Improvisation *
Big-City Pastorale
Blackberry Jam (Erskine Butterfield)
Blues Without Words
Careless Love Boogie *
China Jumps (Thomas "Fats" Waller)
Club Sayonara
Daffy Doodles
Darlin' *
Flamingo Bay
Frankie And Johnny
Happy Combo (Gerald Martin)
Haunted House Boogie
Heliotrope Bouquet (Scott Joplin-Louis Chauvin)
Jimmy Crack Corn Boogie (Gerald Martin)
Maple Leaf Rag (Scott Joplin)
Rocky Romance (Gerald Martin)
Shortn'in Bread Boogie
Smoky On The Rocks (Gerald Martin)
Strolling In The Moonlight
Sunrise Serenade (Frankie Carle)
The Blues Ain't Nothin' * (Folk Blues)
The Boll Weevil Boogie *
The Easy Winners (Scott Joplin)
The Memory Of A Waltz
The Saints Boogie

The Verdict:
I already have several Boogie Woogie books by the same author. I may have reviewed them on amazon. His other book "An Introduction to Playing, Boogie, Blues and Jazz" is on my piano right now. The book "The Joy of Boogie and Blues- Book 2" is a fine book. I do suggest that you get this book AFTER you study the rudiments on how the boogie is structured. This understanding will help you with the "joy" of the Boogie and the Blues. ;-)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good,but could be improved Aug. 21 2001
By jose oscar martinez conde - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Good book for beginners-intermediate learners.To be a very good one it lacks,however,a CD with the songs recorded.A reference to the speed in the metronome would also be helpful.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good variety of pieces Nov. 26 2011
By Lori Naser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As another reviewer wrote, I also received this years ago from my piano teacher and have LOVED it ever since. My favorite piece is Frankie and Johnny. Some of the pieces are quite simple or a little repetitive, but overall there's a good variety of upbeat boogie and slower, blues pieces. I still play from it regularly.
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