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Play Jazz, Blues, Rock: Piano by Ear, Book 1.

Play Jazz, Blues, Rock: Piano by Ear, Book 1, by Andy Ostwald. Mel Bay Publications (#4 Industrial Dr., Pacific, MO 6306.9), 2003. 108 pp. $19.95.

Piano by Ear is an innovative approach to developing the aural aural /au·ral/ (aw´r'l)
1. auditory (1).

2. pertaining to an aura.

au·ral 1
Relating to or perceived by the ear.
 skills essential to playing jazz, blues and rock piano. It is designed for those new to playing music by ear and improvising, but also would be quite helpful to those with some experience who need to develop better aural skills. Students will need to be able to play blocked seventh chords Noun 1. seventh chord - a triad with a seventh added
chord - a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together
 in one hand while playing single notes in the other hand, and read treble and bass clefs. Teachers need little to no previous knowledge of jazz, blues or rock piano because the instructions are clear, and an accompanying CD is an excellent source for instruction and inspiration, which also provides an excellent "should-sound" model.

Most jazz educators and jazz instruction books recommend transcribing to develop aural and improvisational skills. This book teaches transcription in a well-organized, step-by-step approach. The theory you need is presented clearly and succinctly suc·cinct  
adj. suc·cinct·er, suc·cinct·est
1. Characterized by clear, precise expression in few words; concise and terse: a succinct reply; a succinct style.

 as you need it. The directions are clear and easy to follow.

The organization of the book is based on key and scale structures, with each chapter introducing a new scale: C, F, G, B-flat, D, E-flat, A-flat and D-flat major respectively. Chapters include scale, chord and rhythm studies; listening and an "Improvisation Workshop." At the conclusion of each chapter is an absolutely wonderful "Practicing Page" that reviews all the skills and concepts introduced in that chapter and offers clear instructions about what and how to practice.

There is no doubt that author Andy Ostwald is an experienced and effective teacher. The organization of the book, the clarity of the explanations and the ingenuity of the "Practicing Page" clearly demonstrate mature pedagogy.

Piano by Ear, Book 1 definitely is going on this reviewer's jazz piano Jazz Piano has been an integral part of the jazz idiom since its inception, in both solo and ensemble settings. The instrument is also a vital tool in the understanding of jazz theory and arranging, because of its combined melodic and harmonic nature.  workshop "Recommended Materials" list, and the opportunity to examine Books 2 and .3 of the series is eagerly anticipated. Mark Levine Mark Levine is the name of:
  • Mark Levine (musician) Jazz musician.
  • Mark Levine (journalist) Host of Mark Levine's Inside Scoop radio show, and The American Dream television show on Press TV.
  • Mark LeVine History professor.
, internationally recognized and highly respected author of The Jazz Piano Book, is quoted: "Piano by Ear is a welcome, modern, and original approach to ear training literature. It is a user-friendly, wisely written book series, and I highly recommend it." Reviewed by Ann Collins Ann Collins (April 29, 1916 - January 6, 1999) was an American artist of thoroughbred racehorses.

Ann Collins was born in Lyons, raised in Colorado and although lived in many places during her life she returned to Lyons, NY in 1975, where she lived New York until her death.
, Macomb, Illinois Macomb is a city located in McDonough County, Illinois founded in 1831. It is situated in western Illinois southwest of Galesburg at 40°27'38" North, 90°40'27" West (40.460501, -90.674048).GR1 As of 2000, the city had a population of 18,558. .
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Author:Collins, Ann
Publication:American Music Teacher
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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