An Approach to Jazz Piano
by Charles Austin, 456 pages
Fifth Edition, 2013
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Topics explored in depth include triadic harmony in popular tune style, practical approaches to chord voicing, harmonic function, source scales & extensions, secondary dominants, modal borrowing, inside to outside scale choices, tritone substitution, the Blues, diminished seventh functions, polychords, slash-chords, the “Sound”, pentatonic voicings & source scales, pentatonic-shapes, altered pentatonics, Drop 2/3/2&4 voicings, passing chord harmony, quartal harmony, polarized passing-tone scales, diatonic/chromatic-approach tones, deflection, change-tones and numerous other melodic approaches to improvisation.
An Approach to Jazz Piano is a comprehensive approach for serious students of jazz piano. In this clearly written instructional text, Charles Austin draws on a lifetime of experience as a professional jazz pianist and thirty as a college instructor guiding hundreds of students in the fundamentals of jazz piano. Interspersed throughout with exercises and practice suggestions, the book is a complete guide to learning jazz piano and a comprehensive resource for professionals. Read more...
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“I would recommend An Approach to Jazz Piano to any jazz student as a 'must have' on your book shelf. I have referred to this very thorough and inclusive book many times over the years. One of the best piano instruction books out there.”
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