An Approach to Jazz Piano
by Charles Austin, 456 pages
Fifth Edition, 2013
Available as coilbound paperback and PDF from Lulu, regular paperback from Amazon.
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.”
Hal Galper — Grammy award winning pianist, composer, publisher, educator, author and touring artist. Author of Forward Motion and on the faculty of Purchase Conservatory and the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.
“...thoroughly spells out things sometimes only hinted at by others, and will surprise you with other wonders that you never dreamed existed... a master teacher who can so eloquently and intelligibly map out this seemingly infinite terrain... if someone were to ask me if there was any single book out there that covers everything Jazz Piano from A to Z, I’d have to say that you won’t find one much closer than this.”
Jeff Brent — jazz pianist, performer and educator. Author of Modalogy: Scales, Modes & Chords - The Primordial Building Blocks of Music
“...an outstanding book and I will definitely recommend it to students... covered a lot of territory in a very thorough manner.”
Dan Haerle — Professor Emeritus of Jazz Piano, North Texas State University. Author of popular Jazz textbooks including Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players: Complete, The Jazz Language: A Theory Text for Jazz Composition and Improvisation
“...a very thorough look at the techniques of playing jazz piano...”
Dr. Paul Schmeling — Jazz Piano Chair Emeritus, Berklee College of Music. Author of Berklee Music Theory Books 1 & 2, the Berklee Practice Method series.
“A must have for jazz pianists ... Essentially containing a lifetime of ground-breaking harmonic exploration by an exceptionally gifted pianist”
Steve Mallett, Canada
“The book is excellent. If you are like me, an intermediate player with a lot of questions, this is the book to buy."
jster — allaboutjazz forum
“...addresses most of the concepts jazz pianists need to know about, starting with the basics and moving up through advanced theory concepts. One thought that occurred to me over and over again while reading the book was `I’ve never thought of it that way before'..."
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Camden Hughes — allaboutjazz forum