Blues Pieces for Piano Solo
Rather than attempt to recreate the original early blues in these pieces, aspects of the varying moods of the blues are explored. In some pieces parts of the blues scale are used to convey the feeling. In others the tempo or the chords are the prime source of mood. The result, hopefully, is a variety of 'shades of blue' for which the titles may help to indicate the depth of 'blueness'.
First published in 2003, Blues Pieces for Piano Solo is intended for Grades 4 to 6. It has 14 original compositions on 21 pages.
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The 'Birth of the Blues' has been well documented in book, film and song, and the 12-bar blues sequence together with the blues scale and blue notes are all familiar to us.
- Simply Blue
- Light Blue
- Baby Blue
- Deep C Blue
- Soft Blue
- Cool Blue
- Parisienne Blue
- A Darker Shade of Blue
- Bright Blue
- Midnight Blue
- True Blue
- Azure Blue
- Classic Blues
- Denim Blue
What they say
“a book I would highly recommend”
“This has much to appeal in it. The 14 pieces all have 'blue' in the title and the relevant blues scales are written out at the beginning of each piece. This is a wonderful idea ... a book I would highly recommend.”
'Piano Professional', EPTA UK, January 2004 Review by Sally Chappell
“Young blues-fanciers will have a field-day”
“Young blues-fanciers will have a field-day with John Kember's latest collection of 14 pieces in which he colours his miniature tone-paintings in every conceivable shade of blue from light to midnight blue. ... Kember runs the gamut of genres from waltz and lullaby to a quick march in his usual sure-footed style.”
'Piano Journal', EPTA, November 2003. Review by Malcolm Troupe.