An Introduction to Swing, Blues, Latin and Funk
“Richard’s musical content is as memorable and engaging as ever, and he superbly channels the playing styles of some of jazz’s greatest piano legends along the way… This is the real deal… a full-on jazz education from scratch. Fully and brilliantly mapped out… Richards has produced a superb learning resource… yet again outdoing himself with these amazing books.” PianoDao.comSee other reviews
Everything You Need to Get Started
The book is aimed at players with some piano experience who wish to develop a grasp of the basic tools required to play and improvise in a jazz style. It includes many unique features and resources to kick start your journey:
Harmony, Improvisation, Accompanying & Reading from Lead Sheets
This is at a slightly higher level and is the ideal precursor to ‘Exploring Jazz Piano Vol 1’.
Chapter 1: Harmony & Improvisation
Builds on the concepts covered in Part 1 to help you deal with typical situations such as 32-bar sequences, II – V – I, playing in 3/4, etc.
Chapter 2: Accompanying
An essential skill for anyone playing in a duo situation, or for vocalists wishing to accompany themselves at the piano.
Chapter 3: Interpreting Lead Sheets
Follow the ‘Lead Sheet Protocol’ to help you get away from reading sheet music and start creating your own arrangements – like professional jazz pianists.
This is the ideal book to use with your piano teacher, but the backing and ‘Replay’ tracks make it equally accessible to those studying on their own.
“I really enjoyed both books... they're nicely paced, not overloading you with too much too soon… All this for the price of an hour’s lesson represents excellent value. The latter half of book 2 mainly leaves theory aside and give many good drills to practise… It’s actually the easiest part of the two books, bringing everything together using songs from various genres. ” The Jazz Rag