Rock and Soul Styles, 18 Pieces for Piano Solo
Rock music has been at the heart of popular culture for over half a century, though its roots lie in the Gospel music and Rhythm and Blues of decades earlier. The styles in this collection represent mainly the middle, high point of its popularity.
All these pieces depend on syncopation to varying degrees but share the steady pulse and often driving bass line common to all. They may differ in difficuulty and harmonic complexity, but share the 'straight' quavers common in all rock styles to the present day.
First published in 2005, Rock and Soul Pieces for Piano is intended for Grades 3 to 6. It has 18 original compositions on 32 pages.
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recordings of all 18 pieces, played by John Kember
- 9 pieces in rock styles
- 9 pieces in rock ballad and soul styles
- moderate to challenging in difficulty
- many bass riffs and syncopated rhythms
- 'straight' quavers throughout
- 8- and 16-beat styles
- chord symbols
What they say
“something to enjoy in every piece”
“*Rock and Soul* comprises a mixture of rock style and ballad/soul-style pieces for the intermediate player. Most of the 18 pieces include some syncopation, but share the steady pulse and straight quavers of rock styles. There is something to enjoy in every piece, but I particularly like the slower-moving ballads, with 'Sweet Sixteen' a firm favourite. Up-tempo numbers abound too, with 'Stroll On By' and 'Gospel Rock', with its pounding bass line under RH chords, two more favourites. There is good spread of difficulty and harmonic complexity, with the final piece 'One For The Road' more challenging than most, but well worth the effort. An accompanying CD provides performances of the pieces.”
'Music Teacher' November 2005. Review by Faye Cayley.