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Piano for dummies - Neely B.

Neely B. Piano for dummies - IDG Books , 1991. - 353 p.
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S Swing rhythm: See Chapter 6.
S Syncopation: See Chapter 6.
S Knowledge of scales: See Chapter 8.
S Knowledge of chords: See Chapter 12.
S Nickname like Duke, Bird, or Satchmo: May 1 suggest “Cool Cat”?
It's up to you
It’s time to be creative. Improvisation is perhaps the most important element of jazz music. It can be literal improvisation, where you (the performer) make up your own rhythms and riffs, or implied improvisation, where the music just sounds improvised the way it’s originally written.
The easiest way to improvise is by changing the rhythm. Take a straight quarter-note melody like “Yankee Doodle” (Track 96) and change the rhythm every two measures. As you can hear, the melody is virtually the same, but you’ve just made it your own with subtle shifts in the beat.
Chapter 15: Perusing the Aisle of Style
Track 96
l/ankee Doodle Went to a Jazz Club
Melody
Rhythm 2
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s— —s -n~-— —J-
-U- Rhy --m* rthm J* —9— • • —p Rhy = - J>' thm 4
1 S N - es N1 S— tTI—
m>LF' p Rhythm 5 *t - J Rhythm 6
> k 1 h. K,--„ ?=F
? f Rh t—« ythm ~~m m 7 P— • f— p Rhythm 8
jj 3= f fM =N
Rt ythm m)m • 9 9 « J
Part V: Technique Counts for Everything
Figure 15-11:
Merrily we roll along.
Substituting chords
Figure 15-11 is the well-known children’s song “Merrily We Roll Along.” As you play it, notice the simple chord progression of C-G7-C.
G7
%
o
Mer- n - ly we
roll a- long, al -
V i#
g
though the chords are
eg-------------------
dull.
Few jazz compositions use the standard major and minor chords throughout. In fact, few jazz pianists play the original chords that are written in a song. Instead, they break the rules and substitute new chords to liven up an otherwise simple melody.
Even “Merrily We Roll Along” (Track 97) can sound not-so-childish with the use of chord substitution. The idea is to find a more interesting chord progression from I to V7 to I. Try the following options:
J* Use major scale tones for chord roots: Move up the scale from C to G-7, building triads on each successive scale note, as in Figure 15-12.
.K Use black and white keys for new chord roots: Move up in half-steps, building triads on each new root note, as in Figure 15-13.
I Move up in 4ths: Change to an Em7 chord in measure two and then move up a 4th interval and build an m7 chord on each new root note, as shown in Figure 15-14.
js Hire a saxophonist to play with you: That always sounds jazzy.
Chapter 15: Perusing the Aisle of Style 237
Figure 15-13:
“Merrily We Roll Along 2."
US
C$dim Dm G7
Figure 15-14:
"Merrily We Roll Along 3."
Em7 A7 Dm7 G7
It r r r f
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Or just do it like the pros do it: Listen to the melody and make up your own chords to go with it. You can find plenty of chord books at your local music store. These books give you hundreds of different-sized chords, which you can use to your substituting satisfaction.
Part VI
So Many Toys, So Little Time
The 5th Wave By Rich Tennan
These ate your custom sound buttons.There's an'oink- oink’ here and. a gobble -gobble' there> here a'quack', there a 'moo' ,, "
In this part...
low you find out about all those cool musical toys on m W the market, what they do, where to find them, and how to take care of them through the years.
You get tips on how to buy a keyboard, how to ask the right questions at the store, and how to keep from getting a raw deal. You get addresses, phone numbers, and Web sites for many of the manufacturers. You get all kinds of stuff. All you need Is an open mind and an open wallet. The kind salesperson can take care of the rest for you.
Chapter 16
Finding the Perfect Keyboard
In This Chapter
^ Choosing between acoustic and electric keyboards ^ Shopping around
^ Asking the right questions before you buy ^ Accessorizing your keyboard
ramma’s old upright piano may satisfy your urges to play the keyboard for a while. However, at some point you may experience the undeniable urge to purchase or rent a piano or keyboard of your own. Probably right around the time that Gramma gets tired of hearing you play “Yankee Doodle” for the hundredth time.
When the urge to acquire a piano strikes, don’t pull out that checkbook immediately. If you want to invest the money, then spend the time to research, shop around, and choose exactly the kind of keyboard you want.
This chapter gives you some important tips on buying or renting the keyboard that’s right for you. Like a good pair of shoes or a nice felt fedora, the one you choose should fit you just right.
• ••»«••»•»«•»««•••••••«••••«I**«
To Hum or Not to Hum: Electric or Acoustic7
The first thing you need to decide before selecting a keyboard is whether you want an acoustic or an electric one. (See Chapter 1 for an explanation of these two types of keyboards.)
Part VI: So Many Toys, So Little Time
Don’t just flip a coin. Choose your type of keyboard carefully, much like you would choose between lemon or pina colada air freshener in your car. Heck, you’re going to be driving it for a while; it should smell right. Make a list of pros and cons to help you decide which type of keyboard is best for you.
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