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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 2 edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634099795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634099793
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book takes a very fundamental approach to teaching the technique.
DAG
Great book for someone who has been playing for a few years, but still wants to get better.
By Me
Not so difficult as to frustrate but challenging enough to really improve your skills.
Lawrence A Team

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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Alan E. Barber on September 8, 2010
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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.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Nguyen on January 24, 2010
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By By Me on October 12, 2008
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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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DAG on September 11, 2012
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence A Team on March 12, 2010
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Great learning book of jazz exercises. Not so difficult as to frustrate but challenging enough to really improve your skills. The selections are delightful. Every selection has a brief description of the what the exercise is teaching, a bit of theory and a bit of history. Very nice touch, indeed! Also, great cover photo. Highly recommended.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn, a modified god on April 21, 2008
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julieta H. on August 23, 2014
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don't like it, i think it's too basic and too easy and doens't really help much for me to know Jazz better(i have classical piano background)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Conklin on January 15, 2013
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This book contains complete musical scores for several nice intermediate level pieces (as well as some beginner level stuff). Not surprisingly, the pieces reflect Oscar Peterson's musical style, but of course are a good deal simpler (and much shorter) than the great pianist's recordings. I'd probably give the book 5 stars if it was available with a CD. Having recordings of pieces is almost essential for me-- to hear how they sound, and to help select which ones to work on. Recently I was excited to discover that most of the pieces in this book (except some of the very easiest ones) can be heard on YouTube videos. This has been very helpful to me, and for a couple of months now I've been using this book a lot and learning and playing several of my favorite pieces. However, JAZZ INVENTIONS for KEYBOARD by Bill Cunliffe (available on Amazon) is about the same level of difficulty as this book, has more good pieces, has more variety, is more instructional....and comes with a CD.
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