Funk chord progressions piano|Review: Funk Keyboards – The Complete Method by Gail Johnson

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Vendor: Gail Johnson is a professional development advisor at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
PRO: The best keyboard book bar none. My only complaint is that it is WAY TOO SHORT. Gives you a great intro into playing chords on your different keyboard types on today's Roland or Yamaha or Nord (i.e., Rhodes, B3, Clav, Wurly, etc.)and how to put together funk riffs but PLEASE add a second much more detailed instructional book! Take yesterday's funk grooves and really put them into a full-measure, multi-key book and you'll sell a tons of them!!!
CON: I don't think this is meant to be the definitive book on funk keyboard because there really isn't a way you can "get it" by just reading about it and playing what is on the page. You've got to experience it,
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Review: Funk Keyboards – The Complete Method by Gail Johnson

It includes a well received CD of the material as well.

Description (book jacket or other publisher notes):

Explore the chords, rhythms, and techniques used by the greatest funk keyboardists! Subjects covered include: common chords and progressions; classic funk rhythms, licks and patterns; synth bass & multiple keyboard playing; and pitch wheel and modulation. The accompanying audio includes 81 full-band tracks. The audio is accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.

Full Book Review and Other Notes:

Here are a few review excerpts from around the web:

“The Best Funk Keyboards Book thus far…”

The best keyboard book bar none. My only complaint is that it is WAY TOO SHORT. Gives you a great intro into playing chords on your different keyboard types on today’s Roland or Yamaha or Nord (i.e., Rhodes, B3, Clav, Wurly, etc.) and how to put together funk riffs…

“Funky Training”

Well if you are expecting every single version of every single funk song, then you better look elsewhere. This book contains progressions, licks, grooves ect., to get you into the feel of funk and includes a few pieces at the end.

She encourages you to LISTEN to pieces she suggests because that is the best way to learn this style. Transcription of records would more than likely be a must. With this stlye, including R&B, jazz and even blues, transcribing records or even buying transcription books is the best way to learn these styles, although there are some very good, thorough books on the blues that teachers you everything you need to know.

“A good tool”

I’m a classically trained pianist who has thrown herself into jazz and gotten pretty serious about it over the past year. I am now hooked on funk. I want to eat it for breakfast every morning. I got this book because I needed some ideas, know somewhat little and I’m a visual learner.

You’ve got to immerse yourself in this world, but this book will point you in the right direction, give you some tools, slap your face off with some rhythmic concepts, give you some melodic and harmonic information, which is basically all a book about funk can really do. You’ve got to listen to the recordings she suggests and find some of your own favorites, practice practice practice, play along with recordings, and maybe get some lessons.

For me, I couldn’t have learned as much as I have and it is really valuable to me. It is also straight forward and to the point.

Hi. My name is Jonathon Wilson on behalf of Expert Village.com. We’re learning how to play an advanced funk groove on the piano. We’ve looked at a number of ways of taking our basic groove, which we learned at the very beginning of the series, and adding simple ways to add variety to it. This time, we’re going to do something a little bit more complicated, in terms of changing this. We’re going to alter the bass rhythm. We’re actually going to change the bass riff itself, instead of going up in those offbeat?s, we’re going to come down. It’s just a slightly different chord thing. It’s got kind of a built-in hang. You’ll see what I mean. Let’s do it very slowly with the metronome. This is just a variation on the entire riff that we can throw in whenever we want to. It sounds like this. Okay, so that’s pretty different from what we had going before. But it’s similar enough that you can certainly use it in the same session, the same playing environment.

So, the things to keep in mind here, this is definitely something that’s going to be a little bit more aggressive than that rolling pattern we had before. If you want to kind of take the energy level up a notch, this is a good place to use this technique. Alter the pattern to something a little bit more syncopated like this. Those voicing?s in the right hand are a little bit different than we’ve been using. It doesn’t roll as much; it’s a little bit more stab-oriented. Like I said, it’s just a different place, a little bit different feel. Let’s hear this one at full speed over the drums.

Okay, so there’s a variation that will really change things up if you need to. It’s a good thing to kind of have with your pocket when you’re playing this groove, something a little bit more aggressive. Slightly different pattern in that bass line. It’s also a good jumping off ground for lots of other things that we’ll do later..

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