Instruments & Gear

Hal Leonard has just released two new genre-specific methods for piano and keyboard: The Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method by Mark Davis is a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide designed for anyone interested in playing jazz piano – from the complete novice to the more advanced player who wishes to enhance their keyboard vocabulary.

The Hal Leonard Blues Keyboard Method is written by Marty Sammon, keyboardist for Buddy Guy. It is the authentic guide to traditional and modern blues keyboard playing, with rhythm and soloing concepts for piano and organ. The accompanying audio includes demonstrations of all the examples in the books and is accessed online, where you can adapt the tempo or set practice loops so you can work at your own pace.

The First 50 series from Hal Leonard features cream of the crop collections geared at players who’ve been taking lessons long enough to feel comfortable picking up their first songbook without the aid of a teacher. Each arrangement is simple and streamlined, yet still captures the essence of the tune. This Christmas collection includes 50 holiday standards for beginning pianists to learn. Other books in the series include First 50 Popular Songs You Should Play on Piano and First 50 Classical Piano Pieces You Should Play on the Piano.


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