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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
Modern Jazz Piano: A Study in Harmony and Improvis&hellip by Brian Waite
This book could possibly be the MOST important jazz theory book you will ever buy. Its greatest strength is the organization and easy-to-follow instruction on a topic which can obviously get quite complicated. Waite does away with a lot of bogged-down sight reading and overly-complicated notation, and he presents the subject with a seriousness of purpose and amazing clarity. The book is loaded with all kinds of things found in other jazz piano books, making this one the one to get if you are starting out. I am no piano guru, but this book appears simply unbelievable in scope of coverage and also displays considerable depth. Some topics include: intervals, basic music notation,… Read more