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Composing, Arranging & Improvising Using Lead Sheets and Chord Charts


The Comprehensive Book of Chords for Piano and Keyboard Players was written specifically for pianists.  Contains over 100 chords. Chords of up to eight tones are presented.  Each chord is shown with its interesting features, scales that may be used with it, and several ways to think of the chord.  Each chord is shown in all 12 keys. Notated examples are given showing possible uses and resolutions of each chord.  Suggestions are given for voicing of these chords. 251 pages. See sample page below:


Written specifically for classically trained pianists with little knowledge of scales. This book contains over 70 scales and modes including major, minor, church modes, jazz modes, pentatonic, bebop, octatonic, exotic scales, synthetic pentatonic scales, etc. Each scale is shown with its interesting features, chords that may be used with it, and several ways to think of the scale.  Each scale is shown in all 12 keys. Over 90 pages of information on scales, modes, and chords.

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MAJOR & MINOR SCALES & the Chords That Go With Them (For Piano & Keyboard Players)

This book was written specifically for pianists with little knowledge of scales. It contains all 12 Major keys and all 12 of their relative minors (natural, harmonic, and melodic). Fingerings for each scale are included. Also included are chords that “go with” these scales. Metronome activities and review activities are included to build mastery of each and all scales. Mastery is obtained by slowly building speed and accuracy in one octave scales then two octave scales.

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Playing Piano With Chords - Book 1

This is a book to teach pianists to play chords. Although it is geared toward beginning pianists, it could be used by any one who wants to learn to play the piano by chord. The following skills are taught in volume 1: 1-Recognize and play the intervals of minor and major 3rds. 2-How triads are formed (the concept of stacked 3rds). 3-Similarities in chords. For instance, C major, G major, and F major are all formed using only white keys. 4-Recognize and play the four basic chord types (Major, Minor, Augmented, and Diminished). 5-Play the various chord types in various styles. For example, block chords, arpeggiated chords, Alberti bass, boogie, etc. 6-Learn to move between the chord types by changing one note. For example, when moving from C major to C minor, one lowers the middle note of the triad by one half step. 7-Begin to improvise using the four basic chord types. 8-Be familiar with enharmonic spellings of chords. For example, Gb major and F# major use the same keys on the piano, but they are spelled differently. 9-Recognize and play the various types of seventh chords. 10-Playing with a metronome is encouraged to build speed and mastery. Volume 1 focuses on the four main types of chords with an introduction to seventh chords.

Playing Piano With Chords - Book 2

The 2nd book in a series to teach pianists to play chords. Many skills are taught including: Chords that go with scales, embellishments of chords through non-harmonic tones and chord extensions, modulation, transposing, 9th chords, 11th chords, 13th chords, turn arounds, common jazz voicings, Augmented 6th chords, Sequences, Neapolitan chords, Chromatic Mediants, tonicization, secondary dominants, Circle of 5th progressions and chord voicings. 189 pages.

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Kevin G. Pace
West Jordan, Utah