In my first year of Berklee, there was an eccentric piano player that lived down the hall in the dorms who was obsessed with Bach. I didn’t get it at the time, and I remember saying to him that “Bach just sounds like a bunch of predictable sequences” or something like that. 20 years later I’m putting out a bunch of books on Bach sequences. Anyway!
The new book covers are almost done,
and the books are up for preorder now at jondelucia.com/shop. You can also still buy the original Bach Shapes print edition for only $10, though you may have to purchase them separately from any preorders, due to the way the system is set up. The Etudes books are going to be officially out on Bach’s (updated) birthday of March 31st. It will be his 336th birthday, 3+3+6 = 12 etudes. They include playalong audio, recorded by a great NYC band, that will be linked to once you download the book.
There are 7 pages of analysis, breaking down which shapes were used to construct the etudes.
10 of the 12 are based on standard progressions. They are:
- All The The Things You Are
- Just You, Just Me
- Autumn Leaves
- Love Me or Leave Me
- Gone With The Wind
- Just Friends
- All of Me
- How Deep is the Ocean?
- Lady Bird
- Indiana (Donna Lee)
Some preliminary feedback:
“I really like these!”
“the chord outlining in the melody and the way leaps between octaves are incorporated, make it super helpful for practicing finger evenness and center-of-pitch clarity”
And some recent performances by friends: