Jazz Piano Masterclass with Mark Levine
The Drop 2 Book

by Mark Levine

The Drop 2 Book is the first and only publication to explore the 4-note, block-chord approach to jazz piano playing — as used by piano masters like Kenny Barron, McCoy Tyner, Barry Harris, Cedar Walton and Bill Evans.

In this book, world-renowned educator and pianist Mark Levine gives the reader a comprehensive, step-by-step, beginning to advanced Masterclass on this fascinating approach to voicing chords.

Included in the book are complete chapters on:

  • The basic Drop 2 approach
  • More advanced Drop 2 techniques
  • Soloing and 'comping' in Drop 2
  • Techniques for practicing Drop 2
  • Plus a CD download is included of Mark demonstrating each exercise!

An invaluable insight into the harmonic minds of some of our greatest piano players, by the author of The Jazz Piano Book.

Spiral-bound, 68 pages.

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Mark Levine is a wellspring of knowledge on modern jazz piano playing. His books are invaluable tools in aiding the aspiring pianist. Furthermore, his brilliant playing is proof that he knows what he's talking about.”
— Mulgrew Miller

This is a must for any musician wanting to understand more fully the inner workings of jazz.”
— Alan Broadbent

This is the meat and potatoes of jazz piano playing. These voicings will make you sound like a real jazz piano player in no time.”
— Jamey Aebersold

Mark Levine
Mark Levine began playing jazz as a teenager in Daytona Beach, Florida. Continuing his education in Boston and New York, Mark studied with Hall Overton, Herb Pomeroy and Jaki Byard, before moving to California in 1966. He gained key experience in Woody Shaw's quartet and collaborated with notable artists like Joe Henderson and David Liebman. Specializing in Latin jazz, he worked with Mongo Santamaria and Cal Tjader, among others, and even studied in Cuba.