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Offline kingofcocktail

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Back to basics
« on: May 12, 2003, 01:41:50 PM »
I'm a professional self-taught coktail/jazz pianist and have decided that I really need to go back to basics and learn scales/arpeggios with the right fingering/touch.  Can anyone recommend a decent book that covers this? I guess a book of exercises is what I'm looking for.
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Offline amp

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Re: Back to basics
«Reply #1 on: May 12, 2003, 08:38:47 PM »
There is a good bookpublished by Alfred. You could order it online..www.alfredpub.com. It has all the scales and arpeggios, in all the different forms you can play them in. Plus they have some basic theory. But, what is particulary good about this book is the explaination they give. THey give general "formulas" for fingering, then more specfics for each scale. Each key gets it's own page. Also, Alfred's sells some separate theory books too, that might help you.
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Offline Chiyo

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Re: Back to basics
«Reply #2 on: May 14, 2003, 03:17:08 AM »

Also check out Hanon's The Virtuoso Pianist.
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Re: Back to basics
«Reply #3 on: May 14, 2003, 05:53:22 AM »
excellent suggestion Chiyo! it's my reference on scales and arpeggios. and a lot of excellent exercises too!

I definitely suggest HANON THE VIRTUOSO PIANIST
"If I do not believe anymore in tears, it is because I see you cry." -Chopin to George Sand
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Offline amee

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Re: Back to basics
«Reply #4 on: May 14, 2003, 06:29:44 AM »
Hanon, Czerny, Pischna are all good.  Plain scales and arpeggios help as well.
"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties." - Frederic Chopin

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Re: Back to basics
«Reply #5 on: May 14, 2003, 08:19:22 AM »
amee im telling you this. hanon may be a basic but your going to be pissed if i tell you this. in order to graduate your hanon you have to play the whole book whithin  1 - 1:30 hours every day. in this way you will mentain your hands and you can play any obstacle.
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it sure is hard amee
its hard to be a virtouso.
so i recomend memorizing it one by one until you reach the core. ok
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Offline janus_007

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Re: Back to basics
«Reply #6 on: May 14, 2003, 12:08:23 PM »
When I search Amazon I can see two books by Hanon, which one are you talking about??

The Hanon Virtuoso Pianist Book 1 Piano Solos ?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0769260381/ref=pd_rhf_p_1/202-0226666-4714254
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Virtuoso Pianist
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0793525446/ref=pd_rhf_p_3/202-0226666-4714254
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Offline chopinetta

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Re: Back to basics
«Reply #7 on: May 14, 2003, 02:55:54 PM »
The Virtuoso pianist is what i have and i find it really helpful. It's what we're talking about.
"If I do not believe anymore in tears, it is because I see you cry." -Chopin to George Sand
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Offline Chiyo

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Re: Back to basics
«Reply #8 on: May 15, 2003, 07:07:53 AM »


Yup, this one.
(I learned this book for 5 years.. #39 took me about a year to complete...lol)

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