- Spiral-bound: 248 pages
- Publisher: Alfred Music; Reprint edition (February 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1562240692
- ISBN-13: 978-1562240691
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jazz Keyboard Harmony: A Practical Voicing Method for All Musicians, Spiral-Bound Book & CD Spiral-bound – February 1, 2015
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Then I met a Jazz Piano mentor Tamir Hendelman who suggested that I get this and do practice this every day.
The book introduces you various chord voicing forms from easy to more difficult starting with II-V-I sequence. The voicing practices have very logical consistent patterns and clear explanations,. The practice CD plays the backing for almost all of the progressions in the book so it won't be cut and dry theory book. You actually practice the progression and sample songs with the real Jazz situations. Even if you do not read music quickly, this will help significantly using the pattern diagrams and chord symbols and along the way, will end up helping grasp reading music too.
This is the best book ever recommended for voicing. I think you will agree.
Within every chapter, the materials are arranged the same systematic way - Major II-V-I exercises, Minor II-V-Is, then dominant cycles, major cycles, and diminished/tritone subs, then turnarounds/secondary exercises. Phil also provides 4 tunes, and at the end of every chapter, the same 4 tunes are reharmonized using the materials taught in that particular chapter (get ready for some really sophisticated and crazy jazz harmony!). I really like the consistency in the approach for every chapter - everything is laid out for the student, with no "holes" in understanding or illustration. There is a play-a-long CD too.
The closest book I can think of to this is Mark Levine's "The Drop 2 Book", which actually deals with Chapter 7 of Phil's book. Mark has written some wonderful books ("The Jazz Piano Book" in particular is a jazz education masterpiece), but Phil's book organizes these practice materials for jazz keyboard voicings in a way that no one has. I highly recommend this book to any keyboardist wishing to develop a sound jazz harmony vocabulary.