The basic principles
of blues piano, explained for the intermediate level pianist in
an easy-to-grasp fashion.
- All styles from the 1920s to the present
- Examples of boogie woogie, swing, jazz,
gospel, New Orleans & Chicago blues...
- Authentic left hand patterns & bass
- Improvisation tips
- Professional chord voicings
- Blues scales, licks & riffs
- Co-ordination exercises for both hand
- Explanations of all theoretical terms
- Covers both solo piano and band playing
- Suggested listening/ discography
- Twenty full-page photographs of blues
"Without a close
second, the best instruction book ever!"
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Over 60 pieces to play,
including many original compositions by the author, together
with new arrangements of the following well-known standards:
Ain't No Sunshine, Back
in the Alley, Bag's Groove, Blueberry Hill, Blue Monk, C Jam Blues, Got my Mojo Workin', Honky Tonk Train Blues, How
Long Blues, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, Mary Ann, Pine Top's Boogie Woogie, St Louis Blues, See See Rider.
Each chapter is graded
within itself, providing some challenging pieces towards the
end. Improvising is encouraged at all stages, with assignments
giving ideas & guidance. The accompanying CD contains all
the pieces, including some play-along tracks, performed by Tim
"I have never
seen a book as complete, as professional,
and as well put together
as this one."
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IMPROVISING BLUES PIANO
won the Best Publication prize at the
2004 Frankfurt Music
Fair, and is now available in German (in two volumes).
translation is also in the pipeline.
"This book leaves
any possible competition standing at the post"
Brian Priestley - JAZZWISE Magazine
is immaculate, the method is logical and friendly. This book
book for all aspiring blues pianists"
presented, it has clarity, heart and comprehensiveness."
include a great CD by the London-based Richards, who is a top-notch
performer, recording artist and educator... All the lessons are
presented in an extremely organised and easy to understand manner;
it's almost like having your own personal instructor... I highly
recommend the book... It's the best I've seen yet."
BLUES REVUE (USA) - the largest circulation
blues magazine in the world)
"It is a pleasure
to be able unreservedly to recommend this book to aspiring blues
and boogie pianists. I for one will be using it in my workshops
Bob Hall - BLUES & RHYTHM Magazine
"For blues piano,
it's about as thorough as any book I've seen."
Jamey Aebersold (USA)
Schott ED 12504
264 pp + CD
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Price and Availability
UK price is £24.99 (includes CD)
Distribution is by MDS (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Music Exchange.
It can be obtained via mail-order online from Jazzwise.
It is also usually in stock
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USA price is $39.95 (includes CD)
Distribution is via HAL
It can be ordered online via
the JAMEY AEBERSOLD mail order service: www.jazzbooks.com
Order No for both USA and
UK is ED12504 (ISBN: 0-946535-97-3).
The German translation
is available in two volumes, entitled simply BLUES PIANO I and
Price per volume:
Blues Piano I - order
No ED 9695 - E22,95
(includes CD for both volumes)
Blues Piano II - order
No ED 9724 - E19,95
(includes index for both volumes)