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  • Genre:MUSIC
  • SubGenre:Instruction & Study / Theory
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Text Book of Jazz Piano
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:99
  • eBook ISBN:9781620956670

Jazz Piano Ad-Lib Phrases

by Akimitsu Iwase

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The contents of this textbook are training exercises and practical examples of jazz-style ad-lib phrases for beginning and intermediate students. These exercise will help develop their improvisational skills.
The contents of this textbook are training exercises and practical examples. The training sections include various combinations and patterns which will help in developing a jazz-like approach. These exercises can be considered as source material for developing your own ad-lib phrases. As for the practical examples, the phrases included here are not taken literally from any particular jazz pianist, but rather embody well known patterns typical of the bebop and post-bebop eras. Aimed at intermediate students to develop their potential of ad-lib solos, but is also good for beginners to train their fingers and ears for the future.
About the author
He currently resides in Kyoto(Japan) and has been working as a professional musician for over 25 years, playing in Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Tokyo. During the 80's and 90's he played for the famous Shoji Nakayama (drums) Trio, Ann Young (vocal), Othelo Molineau (steel drums, Jaco Pastorius band), and many other great musicians. In more recent years he was invited for Tiger Okoshi's (trumpet) Japan Tour 2001, and Yoshiki Miura's (guitar) Japan Tour 2002. He also keeps a busy schedule leading his own trio. In addition, he manages his own jazz piano school in Kyoto , Osaka and Tokyo with a teaching career spanning over 20 years. At the class, he plays upright bass for piano students, thereby offering an ensemble situation.
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