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Piano: Style and Techniques

Style and Techniques

Books on style and technique for piano




Selected books from the library's collection
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The Virtuoso Pianist: In Sixty Exercises: For the Piano by C.L. Hanon
MT225.H336 V5 bk. 2  Check Availability
Image:Piano_style_virtuosopianistin60exercises.jpg From
"Since the first release of this classic Schirmer edition over 100 years ago, almost anyone who has taken piano lessons for more than two years has played from The Virtuoso Pianist. Millions of copies have been sold of these progressive exercises which guide a player's technique, building finger independence and strength."
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The School of Velocity: For the Piano: Op. 299 Complete by Carl Czerny
MT225.C94 op.299  Check Availability
Image:Piano_style_schoolofvelocity.jpg From Google Books:
"This popular volume offers practical training in well-articulated pianistic passage work, particularly in playing the virtuoso music of the romantic period. In addition to this, each study is a complete music composition, demanding attention to dynamics and phrasing. Students who master Opus 299 have indeed progressed a long way in the 'school of velocity.'"
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Jazz Hanon by Peter Deneff
MT239.D46 J3  Check Availability
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"This one-on-one lesson with Musicians Institute instructor Peter Deneff features 50 exercises for the beginning to professional jazz pianist, covering: angular lines, large intervals, pentatonic patterns, blues scales, irregular chromatic melodies, double-note patterns, suggested fingerings, suggestions for practice, and more."
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14 Blues & Funk Etudes: C Instruments by Bob Mintzer
MT339.5.M56 C ver.  Check Availability
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"A collection of studies composed for musicians who wish to extend themselves in improvisation, composition, sight reading and general musicianship skills. Each etude has a theoretical explanation, suggestions for performance and tips for practice routines. Two CDs of combo accompaniments performed by members of the Yellowjackets are included. All books are compatible and written so that they can be performed together."
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Essential Jazz Lines in the Style of Bill Evans. Piano Edition by Corey Christiansen and Per Danielsson
MT172.C5 E8  Check Availability
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"...This book of original musical studies and analyses by Corey Christiansen and Per Danielsson is designed to help you develop your own personal improvising style. It presents numerous musical lines with chord symbols in the style of Bill Evans, grouped by the harmony they can be used against."
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Two-Part Inventions: For the Piano by J.S. Bach
MT247.B23 M36  Check Availability
Image:Piano_style_15twopartinventions.jpg From the staff:
A standard in every pianist's practice routine, Bach's two-part inventions are the building blocks of pianistic perfection.
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Jazz Piano: The Left Hand by Riccardo Scivales
MT239. S35 J39 2005  Check Availability
Image:Piano_style_jazzpianolefthand-resizeto90.jpg‎ From Google Books:
"Covering a span of time and styles ranging from jazz beginnings to some of the most recent developments, this book collects and analyzes many of the most frequently used jazz, blues, and Latin jazz left-hand piano techniques. Generally, each proposed technique is first introduced by a 'model' figure derived from original sources."
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Oscar Peterson: Classic Trio Performances: A Step-By-Step Breakdown of the Piano Styles and Techniques of a Jazz Virtuoso by Todd Lowry
MT239.L68 O83 2009  Check Availability
Image:Piano_style_oscarpeterson.jpg From the publisher:
Learn how to play 14 of Oscar Peterson's trademark pieces: C-Jam Blues • Cheek to Cheek • Come Rain or Come Shine • Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me • Don't Get Around Much Anymore • The Girl from Ipanema • I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good • Indiana • The Lady Is a Tramp • Lover • My One and Only Love and more.
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51 Exercises for the Piano by Johannes Brahms
MT225.B73 U2  Check Availability
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"Brahms composed these melodic finger exercises for use in preparation for performing his more challenging piano works. They encompass a great many technical problems found in piano music composed up to and including the Romantic period. Great emphasis is placed on finger independence as well as on the total independence of hands."
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The Art of Finger Dexterity: Fifty Studies for the Piano, Op. 740, Complete by Carl Czerny
MT232 .C94 op.740 1996  Check Availability
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"These 50 excellent and systematic exercises Czerny devised for developing finger dexterity are as useful today as when they were first written. Each exercise is preceded by a statement of specific goals. Exercises range from achieving even finger action with a quiet hand to virtuoso studies that emphasize affectations such as the bravura touch."
Fifty Selected Piano-Studies by Jean Baptiste Cramer
MT225.C73 1904  Check Availability
Image:Fifty_Studies_Jean_Baptiste_Cramer.jpg‎ From the catalog:
Part of "Schirmer's library of musical classics"
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School of the Piano Pedal by W.S.B. Mathews
MT227.M38 1906  Check Availability
Image:School_of_the_Piano_Pedal.jpg‎ From the catalog:
"Explanations of the best usage fully illustrated by numerous selections and original studies."