and Songbook for Professional Playing
by Kent Hewitt
Over the course
of many years of teaching jazz piano to people of varying levels of skill and experience, I have developed a keen appreciation
of the practical needs of individual students. Since basic theory can be dull and ponderous, I have attempted to combine theory
lessons with concrete examples and to augment each lesson with arrangements of songs that apply the concepts covered.
The result is a step-by-step instruction book which combines lessons in theory and technique with easy-to-play arrangements
of songs that every aspiring jazz pianist wants to learn.
This book is divided into two parts or volumes. Volume One will cover the basics
of jazz theory and will enable students to play tunes from songbooks that contain only melodies and chords.
The lessons in Volume One cover basic chords-triads and seventh chords and teach a variety of techniques needed for professional
level performance. Many easy-to-play arrangements of popular tunes and jazz standards which apply the various
techniques learned in the studies are also included.
In Volume Two the student will learn more advanced concepts to enable
a higher level of professional playing; improvisation, reharmonization, multi- stylization, and more advanced upper structure
chords are introduced in this volume. As in Volume One, lessons are accompanied by exercises to help develop
The Appendix will contain exercises in techniques, drills to practice, a chord syllabus,
listening suggestions, and additional references to jazz methods. Scattered throughout the book are short biographical sketches
of some of the legendary composers and jazz artists whose songs are contained within.
While there is no substitute for a
good private jazz instructor, this book provides a practical and fun guide to developing the skills needed to play professional
level jazz piano.