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Playing Keyboard Bass Lines Left-Hand Technique fo&hellip by John Valerio
I got this book hoping for some good "base line" advice. Well, I have to admit this book was a lot more complex than I thought a book on this topic would be. Usually, jazz theory books have maybe a page or two dedicated to base lines. Well, this book is about 100 pages dedicated to all kinds of drills for base lines, mostly the II-V-I progression. Basically it's filling in base notes in between chords, using chordal or non-chordal notes, in different time sequences. The CD runs through all of the drills, which are mostly minor permutations of the last one played. I was kind of hoping for a little more advice on how to construct good base lines if you're using other types of… Read more
Improvising Jazz by Jerry Coker
Improvising Jazz by Jerry Coker
I have to admit, when I first got this book I thought, well, it's sort of small, so it must not have very much in it. Boy, was I wrong. What I found was a pretty comprehensive summary of jazz theory and how it can be applied to various situations, from the solo performer to the band. Coker is very concerned with the "education" of jazz and strives to make the reader put together pieces of the musician (thought, intellect, practice, etc.) to make a coherent whole. What I found partically helpful were the chapters on motifs, superimposition, and altered extenstions. Although this can be found in almost any good jazz book, Coker's book uses understandable charts and clear idea… Read more
Improvising Jazz Piano: A Brilliant and Instructiv&hellip by John Mehegan
This book is quite interesting and informative, yet there are pretty blantant problems with the layout and information that make it tough to understand. As for good stuff, there is some summary information on intervals and building chords and scales, with pretty nice sections on modal jazz and different playing styles throughout the 1900's. There are plenty of examples and "dictionaries" of different progressions and chords. There is some information on voicings, but the book is seriously lacking in this department. The voicings (and improv for that matter) focus is limited and does not really ever stray away from II-V-I progressions. (What if I DON'T want to play a… Read more