How to Voice Standards at the Piano : The Menu
published by Sher Music/Advance Music 2014
At last! A simple, easy-to-learn method for playing the melodies of your favorite tunes, using hip voicings as played by Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, etc.
Famed jazz pianist and author of "The Jazz Piano Book," Mark Levine has created "The Menu" a succinct guide to learning a multitude of voicings so you can harmonize melodies on the spot.
"Mark Levine is a wellspring of knowledge on modern jazz piano playing... his brilliant playing is proof that he knows what he's talking about. "
- Mulgrew Miller
"Mark combines soul and intellect in an easily understandable manner."
- Jamey Aebersold
'So What' chords, upper structures, 4th chords, etc. are not only good for 'comping,' but are also ideal for voicing melodies. For example, the note G in the melody on top of a D-7 chord is the 4th of the chord. Did you know that a 'stacked 3rd' voicing, as well as the 'Kenny Barron chord' would be perfect for that? This book explains all of that, so you can instantly play jazz songs with the best available voicings.
Using two standards and a bebop melody as examples, Mark breaks each tune up into four-bar sections, then shows the best voicings to use on each chord and why those choices were made. These voicings are all drawn from a one-page 'Menu' that, once internalized, will allow you to spontaneously create your own style of playing jazz piano, based on the masters of the art form.;i>
63 pages, including appendixes on "Drop 2" voicings and melodic minor harmony.
The Jazz Theory
published by Sher Music/Advance Music 1995
Jazz Times listed of "The Jazz Theory Book" as the #1 choice
in its "recommended "basic jazz library"
"There's a Mark Levine Book called Jazz Theory. It's fun to get a sense of what's going on with music. I think it's really important for all musicians to have a basic ability to read piano music. I think if you're starting in middle school or high school just work your way through that book and as you work through it you'll notice the way you hear and the way you sing, will automatically start to change. It's like looking at the world and not knowing it's all blurry. You can make your way through and then you get glasses and everything gets clearer and clearer. I think that's really important."
"I'm really happy to so many folks (rightly) acknowledging your books and music. As it should be. The information is all there ~ a gift!"
"...brilliant, comprehensive, exciting, and highly readable."
"Mark is a marvelous player and educator"
The Jazz Piano Book
published by Sher Music/Advance Music 1990, and available now in digital format.
Mark says: "A great jazz solo consists of 1% magic; 99% stuff
that is: Explainable, Analyzable, Categorizable, Doable."
These books are mostly about the 99% stuff."
"One of the best jazz piano books I've ever seen."
"A great book!"
"A great Book."
"Mark has done it again and the music world is grateful."
"Truly a magnificent accomplishment."
"Levine writes with passion and intimate knowledge of this
vibrant, tangled musical tradition"
Piano And Keyboard magazine
"Just what the doctor ordered."
The Drop2 Book "Mark Levine is a wellspring of knowledge on modern jazz piano playing… his brilliant playing is proof that he knows what he's talking about."
- Mulgrew Miller
"The "Drop2" book is the meat and potatoes of jazz piano."
- Jamey Aebersold
Following up on his two previous books published by Sher, “The Jazz Piano Book,” and “The Jazz Theory Book,” Mark adds another invaluable teaching tool for jazz pianists and arrangers. Drop2 is a basic jazz piano and arranging skill.
Currently available through Mark Levine's website is: The Jazz Piano Book in English and Spanish and the English version of The Jazz Theory Book
The Jazz Piano Book in French, German, Japanese, and Korean are available through your local music store or at amazon.com, and available soon in Russian.
The Jazz Theory Book in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Korean are available through your local music store or at amazon.com, available soon in Russian, and available now in digital format in Spanish.