by Alan Dworsky
Before I was a drummer, I was a piano player. And in this book, I've gone back to my original instrument and adapted African and Afro-Cuban polyrhythms to the keyboard in a world-beat classical style. At the heart of this 96-page book are four beautiful solo pieces designed to teach a variety of rhythms and rhythmic concepts. Each piece is covered in a separate lesson, where it's broken down into bite-sized patterns that start easy and gradually get more difficult.
The video clip below was made by Owen McCall, who bought the book, learned all the pieces by heart, and then posted them to YouTube. Here he plays the last piece in the book--Invention 4. Thanks so much Owen!
Although this book is for intermediate to advanced players, there's nothing here that's difficult from the standpoint of piano technique. In fact, what each hand does separately is actually pretty easy. It's the rhythms that are tricky--getting the hands to dance together in time.
But I'll be with you every step of the way, anticipating your questions and pointing out whatever I think will make your journey easier. And the CD that comes with the book contains a recording of every pattern and piece, making "The Joy of Six" a complete self-instruction package.
"The Joy of Six" is also available as a download. Just click on the image to the right below.
“Within fifteen minutes of opening the book and listening to the CD, I was playing the first few patterns to invention one, and was so excited I could hardly stand it. Easily the best, most systematic, most immediately rewarding book on keyboard playing I have ever used.” Schim Schimmel
“Fantastic!” Jeremy Hanson, Piano Instructor, MacPhail Center for Music
"I feel like you are sitting next to me on the piano bench." Jesse Summers