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dnanyc

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Not sure what level/style you're looking for but here's a few good ones:

 

1.The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine ("The Jazz Piano Book" also)

 

2.Contemporary Music Theory by Mark Harrison

(books 1 -3)

 

3.Metaphors For The Musician by Randy Halberstadt (jazz theory/improv)

 

4.The Contemporary Keyboardist by John Novello

(this is one scary ass book. my head hurts just thinking about reading it)

 

method books but also teach some theory in the process:

 

5. Pop Piano Book - M. Harrison

 

6. Improvising Blues Piano - Tim Richards (this is my personal favorite. very nicely done.)

 

ok i'll stop now. That's about $300 worth of books there. i could go on forever....

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Originally posted by dnanyc:

Can anyone recommend a good piano theory book?

Thanks,

dan

If you want Classical Theory, "Piston" is a good reference. That is the author - don't remember the exact title and I am at work and it is at home but that should find it for you.
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Looking for intermediate classical theory

Thanks again!

The best piano theory book series IMO is the "Master Theory" series by Kjos music Co. It is a series of 6 theory workbooks and they are awesome. I use this series and it is great for classical learning.

 

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I seem to hold the minority opinion re Tonal Harmony in Concept and Practice by Allan Forte.

 

At the end of most chapters he has excellent keyboard patterns that you are required to play in every key. This book can be a bit dry reading but he does explain the _function_ of chords very well.

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In general, harmonic complexity is inversely proportional to the ratio between chording and non-chording instruments.

 

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Originally posted by Dave Horne:

I seem to hold the minority opinion re Tonal Harmony in Concept and Practice by Allan Forte.

 

At the end of most chapters he has excellent keyboard patterns that you are required to play in every key. This book can be a bit dry reading but he does explain the _function_ of chords very well.

Yes - Piston is aimed at composition not piano. Here is the full title, "Harmony" by Walter Piston, revised by Mark Devoto, ISBN 0-393-95480-3

 

Dave - I would be interested to know what you mean by the function of chords. Do you mean progressions (ie, the V chord goes to the I chord, etc) or something else?

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Dave - I would be interested to know what you mean by the function of chords. Do you mean progressions (ie, the V chord goes to the I chord, etc) or something else?
Yea, he explains the 'why' of chord progression, plus he has great keyboard patterns that must be mastered. I always give them to my students.

No guitarists were harmed during the making of this message.

 

In general, harmonic complexity is inversely proportional to the ratio between chording and non-chording instruments.

 

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Originally posted by Mr.Whatever:

4.The Contemporary Keyboardist by John Novello

(this is one scary ass book. my head hurts just thinking about reading it)

Just got this, why you find it scary? The main thing I find scary is the constant quoting from Scientology.. I really wish musicians would leave there beliefs out of books...

 

I also wish the book was properly type set, it looks like it was written during world war two on a type writer :-)

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Because I was home schooled.....just kidding. That books like a 4yr college program in one book. You can take 1 page and chew on it for a week. You can also do arm curls with it, throw it in the back of your truck when it snows, etc... ;) Yes, I agree. The philosophy stuff is definitely annoying.
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Hey, by the way. I'm about to order John Novello Contemporary Keyboardist. It's good ?? I'm looking for a method book and I have Pop Piano Book. But I think the pattern in the pop piano book is not for plapying in a band, aren't they ???
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