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New Piano Essential Book from Berklee Press

November 20, 2005 by  

Berklee Press announced the availability of Piano Essentials: Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, and Cadences for the Contemporary Pianist by Berklee faculty member Ross Ramsay. Based on Berklee College of Music’s Level 1 and 2 piano proficiency requirements, this new title gives pianists and keyboard players the necessary tools they need to be an expressive, dynamic performer.

Piano Essentials: Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, and Cadences for the Contemporary Pianist enables musicians to:

  • Advance performance skills and build fluency at the piano
  • Increase speed and agility on the keyboard
  • Internalize common chord patterns
  • Improve sight-reading skills
  • Memorize new material in less time
  • Improve tone, dynamic range, and sense of rhythm

The book includes play along accompaniment tracks and performance examples to help readers apply their new skills.

All Berklee Press books are distributed by the Hal Leonard Corporation.

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About the Author

Ross Ramsey, faculty in the piano department at Berklee College of Music, has been teaching piano for twenty five years, and has been included in the Who’s Who List of American Teachers several times. He composes and produces music for local and nationally broadcast television, radio, cable, and video programs, and has been a featured soloist on piano and keyboards with various artists touring throughout the United States and Europe. Ross is a product specialist and clinician for Yamaha Corporation of America, Digital Musical Instruments and Pro Audio Division. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in 1986.

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