Finally, a book with a simple, powerful, easy to learn system to improvise music in any style: jazz, rock, easy listening, new age, country, or blues.
This piano book is ideal for beginning to intermediate piano students and any other instrumentalists looking for a streamlined improvising technique that really works. Advanced keyboard players will find it a bargain as well, just to have the chapter on fingering secrets.
For teachers, too! Are you a piano teacher with students wanting to understand piano chord progressions so they can "play the changes?" Here is a complete piano course, a logical sequence of piano lessons to learn music theory and develop muscle memory for correct fingering.
Learn How To:
- Improvise keyboard solos effortlessly like the pros
- Train your fingers to improvise with muscle memory
- Develop piano improvising skill in all 12 keys with simple exercises
- Learn left hand piano chords without knowing the bass clef
- Analyze tunes to know correct scale notes for improvising
- Improvise blues melodies using blues scales and chords
- Play beautiful piano chords using a simple two-hand open voicing
- Voice piano chords for accompaniment or solo performance
- Create piano solos with chord tone patterns and scale patterns
- Use keyboard fingering secrets to never run out of fingers
- Overcome problems and achieve more playing speed on the piano
- Quickly transpose pieces to an easier key
- Employ the top techniques used by all good music improvisers
- Use proper keyboard hovering technique for playing improvisations
- Automatically start piano solos with the best finger
- and much, much, more!
What Reviewers are Saying:
"Frank Caruso is a great jazz player, and his book is loaded with useful information for anyone who really wants to learn how to play jazz. Highly recommended!"
~ Jim McNeely, Grammy award winning jazz pianist, composer, and arranger; faculty member of Manhatten School of Music and William Paterson University
"Frank Caruso has identified a need in jazz education materials and has moved to fill it with "Piano Improvisation." This book is both thorough and extremely accessible to an inexperienced pianist. All the essential ingredients are present to help a pianist develop into an excellent player!"
~ Dan Haerle, Professor Emeritus, University of North Texas
"Frank Caruso and Karl Mollison have combined their talents to create a thorough, well organized approach to jazz piano improvisation. This text will be indispensable to students, educators and professionals and will be a welcome addition to any serious musician's library."
About Frank Caruso
A gifted piano prodigy, Caruso has extensive experience both as a performer and a teacher. He was educated at DePaul University, Chicago, IL, and served in the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C., where he played for Duke Ellington's Birthday Party at the White House in 1969. Caruso has played for Presidents Nixon and Clinton, Vice President Gore, Senator John McCain, and other notables.
Caruso has appeared with musical legends such as Henry Mancini, Louis Bellson, Herbie Hancock, Maynard Ferguson, and the Count Basie Orchestra. He has played twice with the Chicago Symphony for Jazz/Pop Concerts at Ravinia.
Caruso performed with Luciano Pavarotti in concert at the United Center, and with the "Lord of the Rings Orchestra" at the Auditorium Theater. He has been featured at the Valparaiso Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, and Elkhart Jazz Festival.
Caruso has played for many commercials on radio and television. He has also served as contractor and/or conductor for many live shows and recordings with a wide variety of performers like Bernadette Peters, Greta Pope, Scott Record, and Bill Acosta.
Caruso has taught improvisation for over 30 years, serving on the Jazz Faculty of several universities, including the American Conservatory of Music, Illinois Benedictine University and Roosevelt University in Chicago. He is currently on the Jazz Faculty at North Central College, Naperville, IL, and at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL.
Having performed as a working musician at thousands of public
and private functions over the years, Caruso is well-known in music circles as the go-to guy who dedicates himself to excellence in performance. He recognizes that for improvisation, all the setups
are simple, they just haven't been explained or taught that way . . . until now!