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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales America (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082560155X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825601552
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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A fantastic book. It gives you history, transcriptions and tips. It's not a great method book though, so between this and a good blues method book you can learn a lot about blues piano. You need to get recordings of the transciptions though to really get the feel for the differnt styles, and really understand the subtleties of the rythms that the notation really cannot fully show. Its fun to just listen and look through the transcriptions at times. I've tried playing as close as I can to the recordings then once the feel is there used it as a springboard for my own explorations. This book helps you both learn the music and appreciate it more.
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This book is flat out great! Lovingly edited and transcribed. I have to be honest - it's not for rank beginners necessarily, but it's worthwhile. I bought this many moons ago. How long ago? When it had a flexible phonograph acetate you could play instead of a CD! Anyway..the included music is a great help. Now with the CD, the cool thing is in Windows Media Player 10 or above, you can reduce the speed 50% without changing the pitch - good for taking the parts apart i.e. "what notes was he playing on that line or phrase??"
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I cut my teeth on this book, I bought it in the Spring of 1981 and bored the heck out of my parents, wife and then children learning classics like Peetie Wheatstraw stomp and Honky Tonk Train.
Recently I just bought another piano and I've picked the book up again.
If you want to play classic boogie and blues piano then you must have this book!
Does it still come with a floppy vinyl record?
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While I've played for 30 years, I never gained good improvisational skills (guess you have to be born with that). So when I'd hear a tune I liked and ran out to buy the sheet music for it, I'd be disappointed that the basic melody would be there, but what made the song "cool" and fun to listen to was all added by the pianist (like buying Billy Joel or Elton John sheet music). Conversely, Barrelhouse and Boogie Piano songs have every grace note and riff written in, a CD that contains all the songs, and detailed instruction on how to play the pieces. This is for the technical artist. I would imagine the "natural" pianist would be very irritated with the level of detail in this music.
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The author:
Eric Arthur Kriss (born 1949) produced and performed in 1976 on Mike Bloomfield's "If You Love These Blues" and "Play 'Em As You Please", which was nominated for a Grammy Award. He launched the instructional book and record division of Guitar Player Magazine and co-founded Inner City Records (voted "Record Label of the Year" in the 1979 International Jazz Critics Poll.)

Eric Kriss is the founder/CEO of MediVision (1983-89), a network of eye surgery centers. He co-founded private investment firm Bain Capital in 1984, with T. Coleman Andrews III and Mitt Romney (the candidate for the Republican nomination for 2008 Presidential election). Eric served as assistant A&F secretary under Governor William Weld (1991-93) and was CEO of MediQual Systems (1993-98), a healthcare information company. He also served as Secretary of Administration and Finance in Massachusetts' Governor Mitt Romney's cabinet (2003-05).

His publications:
- On Performance: Collected performing arts criticism and interviews from the 1970s - Fair Isle Press, 2010
- Six Blues-Roots Pianists - Oak Publications, 1973
- Barrelhouse & Boogie Piano - Oak Publications, 1973
- Beginning Blues Piano - Acorn Music Press, 1977

The book:
This 112-page book is the CD edition (book with CD). It has the lyrics of several tunes and some nice pictures of the artists. I believe that the tunes that you get are the original ones, as the inside of the front cover is loaded with "Used by permission of (name) Records", unlike most other books which are arrangements of original tunes. Some tunes in this book are playable by the late beginner, but most are for the intermediate player.
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I checked this out from my local library, and FINALLY found piano transcriptions of blues songs. This isn't a book about how to play the blues; this is the blues. The sheet music is in many different key signatures, not just the easy ones. The CD is only snippets of songs, but enough to feel the vibe of each song.
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I am thrilled with this book/sheet music. They took the time to include a CD of the original piano players/writers playing about 20 seconds of each tune. I'm new to playing bookie piano, so I need to hear it as well as read it. Not to mention, it's fun to get a sense of the history involved in this style.
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Enjoyed the music selection and information given in this book.
Adds to my collection of books I use as reference.
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