anyone have any opinions on this book?
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i have this book, and i like it, but i'm just a beginner/hobby player  
with no real pianist background and ambitions and with limited practice  
time, etc. so it may not be too informative for you, advanced players.
also i don't have the knowledge to be too critical with any book :)
that's the contents, if it helps:

cd tracks
foreword
acknowledgments
introduction

(5 pages)

part i. chords

1. fundamentals of chord theory
2. chord extensions

(it's just really the basics, 32 pages)

part ii. bass lines

3. half note movites
4. ballad to swing
5. walking bass
6. linear motives
7. the jazz waltz
8. compound lines
9. embellishing the bass line
10. pedal point
11. the blues and beyond
12. triads
13. the latin connection

(140 pages)

part iii. multiple voice improvisation

14. guide tone lines
15. non-chord tones
16. the melody in the middle
17. rhythmic freedom
18. melodic freedom
19. tristano techniques
20. metric modulation
21. motivic development and imitation

(112 pages)

appendices

a. biographies
b. discography
c. modes and jazz scales
d. linear independence exercises
glossary
about the author

(40 pages)
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has any one seen this film (piano no mori)? it's an anime cartoon film (japanese i think) you can find it  on you tube with english subtitles.
i'm half way through it and found it 'very' interesting.
it's basically about two kids who play piano, coming from completely different backgrounds. one kid is from a family of musicians and was brought up from very little with strict, very serious lessons. the other kid is completely self taught and has a brilliant memory, able to repeat anything he hears. they become friends. the film immerses itself into the philosophical issue of 'why people play the  piano'.
even though the music is classical, there's a lot in there that applies, whichever style of piano you play.

the biggest question it left me with is; why do i play? not a rhetorical question, but honest self query.  interesting and helpful movie.
i like this book!
sounds interesting, thanks for the tip.
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i can not remember specifics at the moment.  but i remember it being a great book.  i remember it captures and illustrates many of the essential ellements of modern solo jazz piano by illustrating many of the techniques of the two most important solo jazz pianists of modern times ... those of course being dave mckenna and lenny tristano.
yep, it was 'very' interesting.... brutally honest in fact, not depressing, but refreshingly honest.
yup, those guys are monsters.  i still haven't seen the book, gotta get my hands on a copy.
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