Phil DeGreg has created a practical and systematic method that teaches any musician how to practice jazz piano voicings so that they become automatic and intuitive. The method progresses step by step from 2-voice shells to 7-voice chord structures with fourths and upper-structure triads.
Each chapter presents a voicing construction in essential harmonic progressions written, analyzed, and spelled out in all keys with fingerings, to accommodate different learning styles. At the end of each chapter, four song arrangements notated for both hands apply the techniques and voicings just learned.
The book also includes information about comping rhythms, bass line techniques, simple righthand melodic patterns, and detailed practice strategies.
Jazz Keyboard Harmony includes a Play-a-long CD to practice the piano exercises with bass and drum accompaniment along with a saxophone soloist. This coordinates exactly with Appendix B of the text, which is a crucial element of the whole method.
Jazz Keyboard Harmony is excellent for both classroom and individual study and used at universities all over the world. It is strongly endorsed by Mark Levine, Bobby Shew, Denis DiBlasio, and many other teachers.
Available below for free download are Standard Midi practice files that coordinate with Appendix B of the text just like the CD. If used in a sequencer/recording computer program, they can be tempo adjusted easily.