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"Ways of the Hand" tells the story of how David Sudnow learned to improvise jazz on the piano. Because he had been trained as an ethnographer and social psychologist, Sudnow was attentive to what he experienced in ways that other novice pianists are not. The result, first published in 1978 and now considered by many to be a classic, was arguably the finest and most detailed account of skill development ever published. Looking back after more than 20 years, Sudnow was struck by the extent to which he had allowed his academic background to shape the book's language. He realized that he could now do a much better job of describing his experiences in a way that would not require facility with formal social science and philosophical discourse. The result is a revised version of the book that carries the same intellectual energy as the original but is accessible to a much wider audience.
"A dezzling and deeply probing study of the relationship between human consciousness and behavior." - Jack Kroll, Newsweek "This marvelously detailed account of the acquisition of such a complex and fundamentally creative skill as jazz piano improvisation is both engrossing and informative." - Gerald J. Balzano, Contemporary Psychology "With astonishing descriptive precision, the author compels the reader to think and feel along with him as his fingers progress toward intimacy with the keyboard." - Psychology Today
Series: Ways of the Hand
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 163
Published: 7th December 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.5 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 2