does anyone here use this book? i've seen it advertised here but haven't found any reviews. i looking for a collection of "stock" comping patterns that can be used in pop ballads, funk, country....
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there's an old post in the piano lounge where we went round about this book, hopefully you can find it somewhere.  in summary, i have found it unhelpful although i did learn a bit from the general expose of voice leading.  i even posted a chapter by chapter review of the contents and a minimal analysis of each.  he presents basically one pattern per type mentioned (i presume his favorite for each) and i never successfully applied any of them to a song. others countered my view and claimed it was a very helpful book for them.  you can probably find more info on the author's website, there used to be the audio examples from the book there.
i don't know anything about mark harrison's book, but coming from a classical background myself, tim richards book would have been the only book i needed back when i was getting started.

i think if you have tim's book (improvising blues piano) and mark levine's "the jazz piano book" (or something like that) you will have all the books you need. all two of them.

don't forget, books aren't going to get you where you want to go with jazz.  they can help you say, "ah ha!" when you hear a particular sound you worked on, but you gotta just jump into the deep end and start transcribing off of recordings.  start with transcribing melodies and chords then work your way up to solos.
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the mark harrison book is not far as these kind of books go.  (i have looked through a lot of instructional books and dvd's....i am affiliated with a music store.)

but the tim richards book is in a league of its own.  more complete, better musical examples, excellent photos and instruction etc. etc.

i would also agree with scot's advice regarding listening and transcribing (start simple).  pick up anything you can from other players, particularly grooves and finger/hand attitude (if that makes any sense).

good luck and have fun.
"as far as these kind of books go" - holy shnikies!  

how about "as far as this kind of book goes" or "as far as these kinds of books go".  sorry
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