Exploring Jazz Piano
Exploring Jazz Piano is the follow-up
to Tim Richards' acclaimed Improvising Blues Piano, also
published by Schott Music. The overall level is somewhat higher,
and is suitable for pianists of Grade 4 standard and above.
"There's little that comes close
in terms of practicality of approach."
Brian Priestley - JAZZWISE magazine
The response from pianists
and teachers around the world has been similarly enthusiastic,
"A whole new standard for jazz
instruction without even a close second!"
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The new book comes in two
volumes, comprising no less than 56 original pieces by
the author, together with special arrangements of 24 jazz
tunes, ranging from well-known standards such as Autumn Leaves and Summertime, to Thelonious Monk's Straight No Chaser and John Coltrane's Impressions.
The two volumes also contain over 800 musical examples, a veritable treasury of styles and techniques
for the aspiring jazz pianist, and refers to the work of Erroll Garner, Art Tatum, Duke
Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, Hampton
Hawes, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, George Shearing,
Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and many others
Each volume has its own CD, containing
between them performances of all 80 pieces, played by
Tim alone or with Dominic Howles (bass)
and Matt Home (drums). Play-along tracks are also included,
in which the piano is panned to one speaker, providing rhythm
section accompaniment if desired by turning the amplifier's balance
control. Copious examples of improvisation are accompanied by
numerous assignments, with guidance to hand on every page.
"Meticulously researched, well-structured
and stimulating... a tremendous teaching resource... demands
to be in the library of every music department that teaches jazz."
Hugh Johns - TIMES
The package is beautifully illustrated
with many full-page photographs of piano masters past and present,
informative mini biographies and a comprehensive 'suggested listening'
section. The 'lay-flat' binding enables the books to lie flat on the music stand.
Exploring Jazz Piano fills a vacuum in jazz piano instruction, its
comprehensive syllabus taking the reader from first principles
in Vol. 1 to professional level in Vol. 2. Any student of
jazz piano, piano teacher, or performing musician dipping into
either volume will be rewarded with a wealth of ideas and practical
information to keep them occupied for many months, or to use
as an ongoing resource in the years to come.
"The jazz process has been uncovered
in the most comprehensive and welcoming way. Clear-cut, informative
and easy to use, Tim Richards has given all comers to this music
a way in - go and buy it."
Exploring Jazz Piano was voted Best Pop Publication
at the 2006 MIA (Music Industry Association) awards
Volume 1 introduces
the intermediate pianist to the basic chord-types used in jazz,
from major and minor triads to seventh and ninth chords. Other
- chord/scale relationships
- broken chord and scale patterns
- pentatonic and blues scales
- walking bass lines
- 'Latin' rhythms and bass lines
- horizontal & vertical improvisation
- tritone substitution
- two-handed voicings
- II V I sequences
- rootless voicings
- technical exercises and fingering
- accompaniment styles
28 pieces by the author appear alongside Autumn Leaves, Fly Me to the Moon, In a Sentimental Mood,
Mannenberg, On Green Dolphin Street (part 1), Ornithology, Song
for My Father, Straight No Chaser and Take the 'A' Train.
Also included are transcribed solos by Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver,
an invaluable source of authentic jazz techniques.
If you already own this
book, see the updates and corrections.
Early editions may be missing the index that should appear on p. 239.
Schott ED 12708
256 pp + CD
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Vol 1 CD)
Volume 2 deals
with more complex and colourful harmony, from suspended fourth,
sharp eleven and thirteenth chords to diminished and altered
scales. Advanced voicing, accompaniment and improvisation techniques
are examined in detail, including the following topics:
- quartal harmony
- modal improvisation
- long and short II V patterns
- altered dominant chords
- stride piano
- Bossa Nova clave and Partido Alto
- Lydian and Locrian modes
- how to make scales swing
- building bebop lines
- the b3 pentatonic scale
- 'rhythm' changes
- playing in 3/4 time
- playing in double-time
- minor II V I
- R235 patterns
- tension and release
- transcribing solos
- practice routines
32 pieces by the author appear alongside Beautiful Love, Blue Bossa, Blue in Green, Caravan, Impressions,
Ladybird, Misty, On Green Dolphin Street, Softly as in a Morning
Sunrise, Summertime, Tune Up and Yesterdays. Also
included are transcribed
solos by Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly and Hampton Hawes.
Schott ED 12829
304 pp + CD
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"I cannot praise it too highly...
Vol. 1 and 2 together rank among the best instructional books that I have seen in the 21 years since Jazzwise
"One of the most detailed studies
of modern jazz piano I have come across... a very strong foundation [for a keen student] to build their
own style and ideas."
Huw White (3rd year student on Royal Academy
jazz course) - JAZZ UK
"Exploring Jazz Piano provides
the aspiring new-to-jazz or grade 4-level pianist (and above)
with an exciting, comprehensive step into the world of jazz
Alec Boulton -
MUSIC TEACHER magazine
"Richards' approach is methodical,
thorough and progressive. No shortage of useful information,
much of it illuminated by the two well-played and well-produced
CDs that accompany the books. Years of fruitful and fascinating
study to be had, and plenty of good advice."
Mark Gilbert -
Price, availability and translations
UK price is £25.99 for each volume (both include
Distribution is by MDS (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Music Exchange.
They can be obtained via mail-order online from Jazzwise.
They are also usually in stock
FOYLES BOOKSHOP, 113-119
Charing Cross Road, London WC2
YAMAHA 155-160 Wardour Street, London W1F 8YA (Tel: 020-7432 4400) www.chappellofbondstreet.co.uk
To obtain details of other stockists in the UK, please call:
SCHOTT - Freephone
USA price is $39.95 for each volume (both include a CD)
Distribution is via HAL
They can be ordered online
via the JAMEY AEBERSOLD mail order service: www.jazzbooks.com
Order numbers for both
USA and UK are:
Vol 1: ED12708 (ISBN: 978-1-902455-24-2)
Vol 2: ED12829 (ISBN: 978-1-902455-25-9).
The German translation
is available in two volumes, entitled simply JAZZ PIANO I and
Price per volume 29,95 Euro (both volumes include a CD)
Jazz Piano I - order No ED 20076 (ISBN: 978-3-7957-5818-9)
Jazz Piano II - order No ED 20077 (ISBN: 3-7957-5819-6)
Vol 1 has been translated into Korean. This edition does not have the photos that appear in other editions.
Italy and France
Translations of Vol 1 into French and Italian are in the pipeline.