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Christmas Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 3

9 arrangements of favorite carols for intermediate to late intermediate pianists

By Martha Mier

Solo piano - SMP Level 5 (Intermediate)
Book 3. 9 arrangements of favorite carols for intermediate to late intermediate pianists. Arranged by Martha Mier. Piano Collection; Piano Supplemental. Christmas Jazz, Rags & Blues. Christmas and Jazz. Songbook. With standard notation (does not include words to the songs). 24 pages. Alfred Music #00-26139. Published by Alfred Music (AP.26139).

Item Number: AP.26139

ISBN 9780739043363. 9x12 inches. English.

Students will be inspired and motivated by the syncopated rhythms and the colorful, rich harmonies of jazz. Detailed articulation, dynamic and pedal markings create a thoughtful and thorough performance.

This title has selections that range in difficulty from SMP Level 3-5.

About SMP Level 5 (Intermediate)

Seventh chords and melodies in both hands. More difficult note reading with ledger lines above and below the staff.

  • The Holly and the Ivy  Old English Carol
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear  Composed by Richard Storrs Willis
  • He is Born, the Divine Christ Child (Il est ne, le Divin Enfant)  Traditional French Carol
  • Good Christian Men, Rejoice  14th Century German Carol
  • Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella  French Carol
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel  Composed by Thomas Helmore
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful  Composed by John F. Wade
  • I Wonder as I Wander  Traditional American Melody
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem  Composed by Louis H. Redner

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  • 4

    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • November 03, 2021 Great but obscure songs sometimes

    I16 Love this series! The only reason it has 4 stars and students often don't choose it is because the songs are kind of obscure.

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  • 5

    Chicago, Ill
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  • November 28, 2011 Christmas Jazz, Rags & Blues-Book 3

    Bought these for my students to get away from the standard classical style of playing. The 9 songs in this book have different style rhythms from blues,Jazz, and Ragtime written to Christmas music.This book 3 has some very good syncopated rhythms, plus I have the students also add...

    some improv. or change the note durations along with what is written to make the songs sound more lively. Songs in this series are pretty good as written.The Book 3 is easy to read and well organized. Songs are 1 to 3 pages in length. The songs are a series to get into pop/blues/Rag to learn basic syncopated rhythms to known Christmas songs. Book 3 is for the intermediate student throughout the book. All 4 Levels of this series are pretty good learning books. Variety of Blues, Jazz,and Ragtime Christmas songs from easy to the intermediate/advanced playing student. All the songs have very interesting styles to them. hope this helps.pianomanDT

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  • 4

    Robbinsville, NJ
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  • January 14, 2007 Warm, easy arrangements-great for adult

    I have traditional classical piano training and would probably consider myself of advanced intermediate skill. The arrangements in this book are surprisingly nice, yet simple. I use them as a base and modify them according to my own style and preference. In general, these are warm, jazzy pieces that don...

    't sound didactic.

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