J:10368811:H:The Shape of Things
The Shape of Things
- Gateway Editions
There are things about the piano keyboard that everyone knows, but does not often pay attention to. The layout of the black and white keys, as they interact with the improvising pianist's right hand is the subject of this short but information-packed book. With musical examples and explanatory text, the author shows how to make the very most of the black keys as starting points for descending runs, using a specific type of fingering pattern. Also, the thumb's place on the white keys is a limiting factor on the runs and combinations of notes that will make pianistic sense. Knowing these limits can be liberating and inspirational for new melodic ideas. Chord symbols, alphabetical and notated examples.