Jazz pianists have been trained to use one-octave, “thumb-under” fingerings, based on the Western classical tradition. But this system falls short when dealing with the wider intervals of the pentatonic scales. So pianist, composer and educator Marius “Butch” Nordal has come up with a system of “positional playing” that will allow the pianists new vistas of freedom and ease of playing on these crucial elements of jazz.
219 pages, $30 for printed book, $22 for digital book
Wisdom of the Hand is a thorough exposition of a new way to approach playing piano:
This enlightening and entertaining book takes you deeper than most musicians even dream into the possibilities inherent in pentatonic scales. Marius Nordal explores the far reaches of what can be done with this very familiar concept. It is like learning a new dialect of a familiar language; a very fun adventure, sure to expand your musical horizons. The playing techniques presented are somewhat non traditional, but ultimately very rewarding.”
— Larry Dunlap