John Ferrara - Jazz Piano Instruction Books

---A Fundamental Guide---

Geared to the beginning to intermediate student, this book starts with triadic and four part chords, and transitions into the concept of voice leading via inversions which is the key to moving voicings in a smooth manner. The book then covers the concepts of diatonic harmony and substitutions, playing a left hand voicing with a single-note melodic line, melodic embellishment, improvisation techniques, and note palettes. The topics progress to cadences, the II-7 V7 pattern, secondary dominants, tensions, left hand voicings, spread (2 hand) voicings, and finishing with a discussion of blues progressions and the blues scale. Numerous exercises and examples are included and performed on the accompanying CD. Great for either the classroom or individual study.

---An Advanced Guide---

First, the concept of modes is discussed in detail, as well as modal harmony and composition. Their use in conventional jazz tunes as well as modal ones is explored. Next, chord scales and their application over specific chords, left hand voicings for blues, blues progression variations, and pentatonic scales are covered in detail. The chapter on pentatonics also includes inversions or positions for pentatonics, their application over specific chords, and even the use of altered pentatonics. The book then covers more advanced theory including minor harmony, dominant chord substitution, upper structure triads, voicings in fourths, diminished chord patterns and substitutes, and modulations. Numerous exercises and examples are included and performed on the accompanying CD. Excellent for the individual jazz student or classroom study. This book is applicable for all instruments.

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