Mark Harrison – Smooth Jazz Piano

May 16 2017

Mark Harrison – Smooth Jazz Piano

Mark Harrison Smooth Jazz Piano PDF. Keyboard Style Series. The heart and soul of this book are the great short exercises and extended compositions that are excellently rendered on the included CD. Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of this book drip smooth jazz just the way you hear it on the radio. It is very helpful to see this beautiful music written out and to hear it on the CD. Harrison illustrates each new playing technique with a very musical example that is fun to practice. He ties it all together with seven beautiful but practical compositions in the last chapter. Chapters 1, 2, and 3 are a bit thin. Harrison moves very quickly through the theory. Playing through the exercises in Mark Harrison’s The Pop Piano Book will be really helpful in mastering Smooth Jazz Piano, particularly to master Harrison’s upper structure over root chord voicings. For an advanced player, this is a stand alone book. The intermediate player will benefit by playing through the exercises in The Pop Piano Book, before moving on the Smooth Jazz Piano.
A complete guide to becoming the smoothest, coolest Jazz Piano player around, complete with CD! If you’re the kind of Pianist with a love a good Jazz, but have no idea where to begin, then this tutorial is tailor-made for you. Divided into six areas of study, Harrison’s method will get you playing those smooth and silky Jazz solos you love. Beginning with an overview of the style itself, Harrison covers the following subjects of Jazz theory and performance:

  • Scales and chords: modes, pentatonics, triads, sevenths and ninths
  • Keyboard harmony and voicings: inversions and extended voicings
  • Progressions and comping: rhythm concepts and a large variety of grooves
  • Melodies and soloing: target notes, scales, modes and substitutions

The accompanying CD is more than just a recording of examples – the music is mixed with the left hand to the left and the right hand to the right of the stereo field, allowing you to use your balance control to isolate the very parts you need to hear! Furthermore, with this technique you are able to remove the part you’re trying to play, leaving a backing track to accompany your solos and improvisations.
After you have mastered the concepts introduced in Harrison’s lessons, you will find seven original and exciting full solos to learn, complete with guidance to help you improvise and develop a sound that is all your own.
Format: PDF + Audio tracks (Mp3).

*In some cases CD is embedded in the PDF. Recommended software – Adobe Reader. Click the symbol “Clip” in the Adobe Reader to view attached Mp3 files.

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2 comments

  1. Narvik /

    Thanks. great job!

  2. isaac shem /

    i love playing with mark book!

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