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The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences: Includes All the Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic, Melodic) & Chromatic Scales -- Plus Additional Instructions on Music Fundamentals Paperback – August 1, 1994
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There is also fingering for the scales in contrary motion, in parallel thirds and sixths which will be very helpful for those wishing to take exams.
Also included is fingering for chromatic scales with parallel motion in octaves, in minor thirds and tenths and major thirds and tenths.
This is a book every pianist should have. There is so much in this book that I still need to learn and I will and have found this book useful for years.
In the beginning there is a section of theory explaining how scales are built and what the heck is a dominant, sub dominant and root chord.
I practice my scales using this book. My favorite quote from this book is attributed to Carl Czerny who wrote his own exercises for the piano: “Do you ask me how good a piano player you may become? Then tell me how much you practice the scales.”
This book will help you become a better pianist.
It has an introduction at the beginning for beginners.
It is a great book if you DONT have the red one.
So the teacher kept it for new students.
If anyone knows of a good scale book for intermediate advance players please email me. 😊
My son does violin and he has this amazing scale book for intermediate and higher students and thought this was the same but in piano. Well it is not. 😩
This book has been a big part of that practice. With the scales, chords, etc. for each key on two pages, I enjoy playing through all of the constructions to train my ear, as well as my hands. There's some well-written material at the front of the book as well.
This is the best book of scales that I've ever run across and I recommend it to anyone needing such a book.
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Now as a disclaimer, I've only been playing piano for about a month so take anything I write with that in mind. However I have played other instruments and played bass for many years. During this time I took lessons for about a year from a respected New York jazz bassist so used to know a thing or two about scales, chords and improvisation.
This book gives you 4 scales (the Major and the Natural, Harmonic and Melodic Minor scales) in all the keys and it does this well, but fails to even mention a lot of other scales such as the Blues scales, the various Jazz scales and none of the really weird ones (but you really don't need these in your life anyway).
If you want something to get you through the classical piano grades then this will probably fit the bill perfectly. If you really want a reference book of scales to be able to play a wider range of music then it falls well short. Personally I've used the Jamie Abersold books and 'The Improvisor's Bass Method' both of which have a much wider range and better explanation of scales, but aren't piano focused .
I'll be looking for a more complete reference book and may yet return this book.
The arrangement of diagrams and text in the new pages are very clear, explaining tetrachords, and the construction of scales.
The contents of the original book with its excellent and comprehensive Scales, Chords, Arpeggios is still included. I especially like the inclusion of the 'Natural minor scales', essential when understanding the construction of minor scales, harmonic and melodic.
I thoroughly recommend this book.
A# Minor, anyone? 7 sharps?!
In my piano teacher language this key is called B flat minor, and has 5 flats.
Has a computer made up this book?
A sensible human certainly has not.
Buy ABRSM or Trinity scales books.
This book is going straight in the wheelie bin.