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Chord-Scale Improvisation for Keyboard: A Linear Approach to Improvisation

by Ross Ramsay
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Use harmony to its maximum creative benefit. Learn to interpret chord symbols and their harmonic context into expressive soloing. Gain a comprehensive understanding of a wide variety of modes, and learn to use them effectively to both simplify your note choices while expanding your creative palette.

Theory and practice exercises will help you to learn:

  • The essentials of chord-scale theory
  • The relationship between chords, keys, and modes/scales
  • How to match modes to harmonic regions
  • How to articulate expressive, organic-sounding solo lines

Ross Ramsay is an active pianist, composer, and educator, who has performed internationally and also served as a product specialist and clinician for Yamaha Corporation. Over more than two decades, Ross has mentored hundreds of musicians in piano and music technology. He is a faculty member at Berklee College of Music, and also authors and teaches courses in both piano and music technology through Berklee's online continuing education division, Berkleemusic. Ross is also author of Piano Essentials: Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, and Cadences for the Contemporary Pianist (Berklee Press, 2005).

"A clear articulation of Berklee piano technique requirements with practical applications in developing a basic foundation in the jazz vocabulary. Great substitute for Hanon!"

Stephany Tiernan, Chair of the Piano Department, Berklee College of Music