A Method For Piano and Modern Harmony   

Cristóbal Delgado
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A Method For Piano and Modern Harmony
Cristóbal delgado


Piano Master is a new piano method based on modern harmony.

Playing the piano is an art, but also an "applied science". Likewise, it requires knowledge
and skills (technique).



• To show with scientific rigor, though in an orderly and simple way, the basis of this
   Applied Science.

• To Provide specific knowledge and necessary technical resources.

• To teach how to get sounds scientifically organized, fron the melodic point of view as well
   as the harmonic one, and to combine them rhytmically.

Piano Master is a complete method, that is, a sure and effective way to achieve these objectives. Within its four volumes, it has all the melodic and harmonic forms available, from the most simple to the most complex ones. It shows the most appropriate techniques in order to execute them on the keyboard.

The experimentation was achieved by the Cultural Association of Musical Research (ACIM) throughout the years, on children, teenagers and adults, and with self-taught students as during teaching sessions. This experimentation determined how to structure the method in order to be available and effective.

Piano Master is a highly practical method for beginners as well as for those in intermediate or advanced level. All the activities get sense through their immediate application on the keyboard.

Some parts are designed to study the theory of Music which is essential, and try offer in a simple way and with appropriate documentation the musical terminology needed to understand music. (Musical Language).

Piano Master is a complete method for beginners and advanced students who are eager to learn how to play the piano, and handle the keyboard in a varied way, whether they be self-taught or tutored by a teacher.

Detailed instruction is given on learning to play on the keyboard.

THE BOOK OF CONTENTS that follows is an exposition of the theoretic statements and the practice exercises of Piano Master. The examples represented are only partial samples of the activities proposed in the method.

Piano Master has been published in a bilingual edition: Spanis and English.

Piano Master is composed of four volumes of 376 pages each.
Its size is 8 1/2 x 11 (21,5 x 28 cm).



Piano Master. C. Delgado and A. Blázquez.
Headline - Ed. Coloquio. Madrid, 2000.

«Practical harmony is the challenge of many pianists with a traditional educations. Piano Master is a method that wants to combine the first contact wiht the piano and practical harmony. You may not learm how to play like Bach, or the subtlety of pedal that Debussy requires, but it is an interesting proposal for musical language fluency and harmony in piano.

The method has four volumes. It may seem excessive, but the work starts from the most simple point and contains practice exercises for almost all the theoretic expositions. The publication is bilingual.

The first volume puts in practice the fundamental chords, but in the second the final goal is demonstrated.(The last chapters are dedicated to Blues and Jazz). The modal scales are shown as well as the way to harmonize a melody. The third volume expands with harmonic patterns and changes to the american music alphabet which consists of letters and names chords, not functions, with the alphabetical symbol in roman numbers. This kind of "code" is the most used in Jazz songs and popular music. The forth volume presents the most available harmonic characteristics (also rytmic, but less) of Blues and Jazz. Also there is a presentation of the historic context of both styles.

Maybe the steps from the first volume to the second are not easy for those who are starting to play the piano, but it is a very solid proposal for those who desire to understand the "secrets" of improvisation without being a Tete Montoliu, or going through the edifying and useful lessons of accompanyment in the Superior Conservatory.

(Paula Vicente, magazine Doce Notas, April - May, 2000)

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