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Jazz Piano Grade 3 [Audio]
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Jazz is an aural tradition - players learn as much from listening to other musicians as they do from reading notation. To emphasise this, ABRSM's new package of jazz piano titles contains a CD for each grade which will be invaluable in learning the pieces, recreating the styles and understanding the materials. CD containing performances of all the pieces for the grade, a sample set of aural tests, with an 'examiner' and 'candidate' showing how these will be administered in the exam, and some additional practice aural tests, and examples of quick studies and scales. You also get the chance to play along with a professional drummer and bass-player in three backing tracks, and each CD starts with three exhilarating trio takes to get you into the groove.
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Swing Fun [Trio take] [Huw Warren] ; The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero) [Trio take] [Moises Simons] ; Walking Blues [Trio take] [John Myhill] ; Birk's Works [Minus one track] [Dizzy Gillespie] ; I wish I knew how it would feel to be free [Minus one track] [Billy Taylor] ; Saturday [Minus one track] [Roland Perrin] ; Barrelhouse Blues [Tim Richards] ; Walking Blues [John Myhill] ; Birk's Works [Dizzy Gillespie] ; Blues for Tom [Charles Beale] ; Allfarthing Blues [Julian Joseph] ; I wish I knew how it would feel to be free [Billy Taylor] ; Fly me to the Moon (In other words) [Bart Howard] ; Sombrero Sam [Charles Lloyd] ; A Smooth One [Benny Goodman] ; The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero) [Moises Simons] ; Swing Fun [Huw Warren] ; Neat Feet [Michael Garrick] ; Spanish Sketch [Terry Seabrook] ; Sails [Nikki Iles] ; Saturday [Roland Perrin]

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'a comprehensive, intelligent, beautifully packaged presentation.' Piano (UK 1998) 'awe-inspiring in its thoroughness. ... Especially impressive in this series are the specific scales, aural skills and piano pieces - a pedagogical marvel that Americans would do well to emulate.' Piano & Keyboard May/June 1999 (USA) 'The new Associated Board jazz syllabus is not only timely for young and not so young Australian musicians now clamouring to know more about jazz - it is an attractive , well-thought through compilation of 'real' jazz knowledge that will get authentic results. Well done the Associated Board!' Associate Professor Patrick Crichton, Head of Jazz Studies, Western Australian Conservatorium of Music 'The arrival of the Associated Board's jazz syllabus marks a vital step towards recognition that jazz requires study and discipline like any other art form.' Stuart Nicholson, Author 'Jazz Rock: a History' and 'Billie Holiday' 'The ABRSM's syllabus is a very positive thing and I endorse it completely.' Julian Joseph, British jazz pianist 'A musical revolution that should make every jazz lover leap for joy.' Peter Kingston, The Guardian

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