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.”
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