thanks for the input.  actually, i had some of the same thoughts and redid the front cover last night.  will you guys take a peek?  i changed the title of the book to, "scot ranney's jazz piano notebook".

i hope the introduction explains what i'm trying to do with this book.  let me know if it makes sense if you have a moment.


when i discover a jazz idea or concept, i write it down in one of
my music notebooks.  i've been doing this since the 1980's and
eventually realized that some of this material could help other
jazz pianists.

this book is the result of many years of professional jazz piano
experience, playing and composing music, and of keeping the
jazz piano notebooks filled with as many ideas as i can.  it's also
the result of a lot of patient motivation from students and friends.

the material in this book has been written to help bridge the gap
between understanding jazz piano concepts and using them in
your playing, an area that is often overlooked or made more
complicated than it needs to be .  

the pieces in this book should be practiced and played regularly
so that the concepts automatically become part of your playing.

if you have questions or want to hear what the music sounds like,
go to, my online jazz piano project.  i put
ljp up in 1996 to help jazz pianists everywhere and it's been
going strong ever since.

i should mention something about my use of 7th chords.  almost
all of the 7th style chords in this book, such as 9ths or 13ths, are
spelled as regular 7th chords.  what matters more to me is how
the chord sounds, not it's numerical details.

i want to thank marc seales for his guidance, patience, and
flexibility throughout my early jazz piano years, my first piano
teacher, angie latimer for teaching me how to play piano the right
way, and jeff brent for his help in making this book happen.  visit for information about jeff's career as a
professional jazz pianist, educator, and author.  i also want to thank
all those great players who have always been so generous with their
time and knowledge, people like bill mays, george cables, bob
florence, jiggs whigham, bobby shew, jerome gray, tom collier,
walt wagner, john clayton, and all the people who freely share
their knowledge on

and finally i'd like to thank my mom who didn't let me quit piano

scot ranney
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