Richards, Tim - Improvising Blues Piano




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The forerunner to the awarded-winning Exploring Jazz Piano books, Improvising Blues Piano examines the harmonic, rhythmic and melodic aspects of the blues, assuming a basic competence of around grade 3.

All styles are covered from the 1920s to the present, from the early boogie pioneers via swing, gospel, jump-jive, New Orleans, Chicago and Kansas City schools, to the more sophisticated jazz and funky blues of the current scene.

Over 60 pieces, including many original compositions by the author, together with new arrangements of well-known standarts such as Aint No Sunshine, Blueberry Hill, Blue Monk, Got My Mojo workin, Honky Tonk Train Blues, How Long Blues, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, Pine Tops Boogie Woogie, St Louis Blues etc.

• Authentic left-hand patterns and bass lines
• Professional chord voicings, blues scales, licks and riffs
• Co-ordination exercises for both hands
• Suggested listening

Each chapter is graded within itself, providing some challenging pieces towards the end. Improvising is encouraged at all stages, with assignments giving ideas and guidance.

The accompanying CD contains all the pieces, including some play-along tracks, performed by Tim Richards.

"A very useful and comprehensive survey of different blues styles. Tims clear demonstrations on the accompanying CD make this the essential book for all aspiring blues pianists" (Jools Holland)

"This book leaves any possible competition standing at the post." (Brian Priestley, Jazzwise Magazine)

"I highly recommend the book. Its the best Ive seen yet... Helpful features include a grat Cd by the London-based Richards, who is a top-notch performer, recording artist and educator. Its almost like having your own personal instructor." (Blues Review, USA)

"The presentation is immaculate, the method is logical and friendly. This book feels good..." (MOJO)

"A brilliant new publication from Schott. Each chapter extends the players harmonic knowledge and gives clear instructions how to progress... You learn not just how to play the blues but also its history and major exponents. Tim Richards enthusiasm for the subject is both infectious and inspiring." (Piano Journal)

"For blues piano, its about as thorough as any book Ive seen." (Jamey Aebersold, USA)

"Beautifully presented, it has clarity, heart and comprehensiveness." (Michael Garrick)

For more information about Tim Richards please visit

Series: Schott Pop-Styles
Instrumentation: Piano
Binding: Paperback/Soft Cover
Language: English
Edition Type: edition with CD
Publisher: Schott Music
ISMN: M-2201-1878-4
ISBN: 979-0-2201-1878-4

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