Complete Book of Improvisation, Fills and Chord Progressions

Gail Smith

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This book was written to provide a methodology for improvisation on the piano. Patterns are analyzed in and notated in all keys. Examples are given to illustrate how and where a fill fits. Then, step by step you can learn how to add the left hand accompaniment based on a lead sheet, or improvise with the right hand. While improvising, patterns may be woven into a beautiful tapestry of sound. Just as a kaleidoscope creates beautiful colorful patterns before your eye, the patterns in this book will enable you to create a kaleidoscope of musical sounds for your ears. Most of the book consists of short examples using familiar tunes.

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Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Improvise with the Whole Tone Scale
The Water Fall
Augmented Chords with Whole-Tone Scales

Chapter 2: Chords and Roman Numerals
Every Chord in Every Key
Dominant 7 - Tonic in Every Key

Chapter 3: The Scale Used as a Fill
Every Major and Minor Scale
Examples of Two-Beat Fills

Chapter 4: Chimes
Harmonic Intervals
Examples of Chimes

Chapter 5: The A B C's of Improvising
A. Notes Remain the Same
B. Notes Step
C. Notes Skip

Chapter 6: Right-Hand Whole Measure Fills
Examples of Whole Measure Fills
Four-beat Fills in Every Key
Three-beat Fills in Every Key

Chapter 7: Left-Hand Patterns in 3/4 Time
Amazing Grace
Brahms Lullaby
Patterns in 3/4 Time in Twelve Keys

Chapter 8: Left-Hand Patterns in 4/4 Time
Patterns in 4/4 Time in Twelve Keys

Chapter 9: Faster Left-Hand Patterns in 4/4 Time
Patterns in faster 4/4 Time in Twelve Keys

Chapter 10: Special Effects
Broken Chords
Chromatic Patterns
Diminished Scales
Secondary Sub-Dominant Chords
Dominant and Sub-Dominant Arpeggios
Major-Seven Chords Voiced
Substitution Chords
Dominant to Tonic using the Blues Scale

Chapter 11: Chord Progressions
Right-Hand Add 9 Fill
Chord Progressions in Twelve Major Keys
Right-Hand Patterns in Twelve Keys
Twelve-Bar Blues Patterns
More Right-Hand Patterns in Twelve Keys

Chapter 12: Faster Right-Hand Riffs
The Twelve-Bar Blues Progression (example)
Twenty-four faster fills for the right hand

Chapter 13: Minor Chord Patterns and Progressions
Chord Progression
Twenty-four Minor Right-Hand Patterns in Twelve Keys

Chapter 14: Improv with the Left-Hand (Fills for Roman Numeral Bass Progression)
Four Chord Progressions
Pachelbel's Canon as a progression
O Come All Ye Faithful
Left-Hand Patterns for basic chord progressions in 4/4 Time
Left-Hand Patterns for basic chord progressions in 3/4 Time

Chapter 15: Fills for Both Hands Together

Chapter 16: Pseudo-modulations
Pseudo-modulations in twelve keys

Chapter 17: Happy Endings
Twelve Different Endings in Twelve Keys

Chapter 18: The "Two-Five-One" Progression
The Cycle of Chords
Review of Patterns
Final Assignment