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Amazing Phrasing - Keyboard: 50 Ways to Improve Your Improvisational Skills Paperback – August 1, 2002
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The book is divided into 'Thoughts' which cover different subjects. It states which formal aspects you need to have down cold - which scales and modes, and where to go from there.
I've bought several piano books, more oft than not disappointed after reading them. This one is a keeper.
The premise of this book is excellent, but the execution falls far short of what is promised. Had the author illustrated each idea the way she does the very first one, providing a notated example of how to put one's own spin on an existing melody along with a sound track, this would have been a fantastic book.
Unfortunately, it is, as other reviewers have pointed out a complete waste of money. I was, in fact, quite surprised by the reviewer who said their kids had learnt to play in different styles from the book alone since the book provides woefully inadequate instructions for the beginner.
1) The introduction tells us the book will go beyond scales, patterns, and chords. However, Idea #2 talks about arpeggiation, which any pianist worth their salt knows about. No examples are provided as to how to add arpeggiation to an existing melody. Ideas 3 through 8 talk about the various scales and how they are formed with the instruction simply to "make up phrases" based on the scale.
2) The intro also suggests every idea in the Melody section will build toward creating a solo. Again, no examples or sound tracks are provided. The author merely tells would-be improvisers to use accents, rests, repetition, skips & steps, the entire range of the keyboard and to avoid being predictable. She goes on to define speed, thicker textures, and to instruct the reader to use dynamics and dissonance to create tension!
3) Licks, riffs, and runs get a single page. The author defines each, and then goes on to give us a long-winded explanation of why it would be best to make up one's own. No examples are provided, no sound tracks, no instructions as to how to go about making up one's own.Read more ›
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Actually, I don't know. This was purchased as a gift and I wasn't told that they didn't like it so that's why I put okPublished 21 months ago by none
This book it's interesting because it will give you an overall look of things like voicings, ideas for making a solo, scales, comping and some licks but lacks the depth in every... Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Federico
I'm not really that impressed. I have a large collection of jazz piano tutors. Some of them are very good like The Jazz Piano Book by Mark Levine, and The a Jazz Theory Book,... Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Hardtop Harry
Good resource. I like the way the information is divided into 50 topics. Not too technically overwhelming. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Sandra H. Kennedy
Its a good book about phrasing, but it is similar to many other books. I would recommend it if you are one of those lucky persons with hours to spare, and use the information in... Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Rachel Hammond