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Hi all,

I recently have been using Oscar Peterson's book Jazz Exercises, Minuets, Etudes and Pieces for Piano as part of my practice routine. I am a bit confused by the order of things in the book. The first section contains an exercise and corresponding Minuet numbered 1-14. I'm starting at the beginning working my way through 3-4 pieces at at time. For example I have exercise one down reasonably well and am working on speeding up Minuet one while just starting to work through exercise 2. If this was the extent of the book I would be fine. But after the first set of 14 exercise / minuet combos comes an additional set of Etudes and Pieces numbered 1-14. I'm assuming that I should work my way through all of the exercise / minuet combos before tackling the Etude / Pieces combos. FYI this is not the only thing I am working on, it probably takes up 15-20 minutes of my practice. Part of the goal here is some focused technical drills to help hand coordination as part of my stroke recovery effort. There is a preface in the book before each exercise / minuet combo on what the objective is. There isn't any corresponding info on the Etude / Piece combos. It's like they are two separate unrelated sections.

Any suggestions on how I am using Oscar Peterson's book? While the exercises are a bit boring they do seem to be useful. The Etude/Exercises sound much more interesting but I am trying to not jump ahead and start those until I complete the first section. Initially I thought to work on everything combined with the same number but the Etudes / Exercises in the second section are more advanced. The current plan is to work through the Exercise / Minuet combos first, of course that may take the better part of a year or so...

Thanks in advance for the help.


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I just took this book off my shelf yesterday. I bought it some years ago, and started working through it, but unfortunately, got waylaid. I'm back to it now. I think it's odd, too, that there is no mention of this change in format in the book, but for what it's worth, to my mind it makes sense to just continue working through, as you have been. I like this book. Enjoy!


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Originally Posted by Peddler100
ng While the exercises are a bit boring they do seem to be useful.
Thanks in advance for the help.

The answer the why they seem boring yet useful is one way, among many, to unlock OP’s book …. smile

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The answer the why they seem boring yet useful is one way, among many, to unlock OP’s book …. smile
Hi, Mark!

Nahum! Hope all’s well!!!!

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