Current P.B.E.S™ edition

Principal instruments: Pop Piano Improvisation P.B.E.S™ Level 1-4   (2020 – 2021)

Jazz Piano Improvisation P.B.E.S™ | Pop Vocal Improvisation P.B.E.S™ | Batch code V372-CSA22 | Authorised Institution for PBE Music School & PPM (Malaysia)

Play by Ear Syllabus™ (Study of Contemporary Music Improvisation & Aural Techniques – The teaching methodology)

Published in 2020 |

Official release date – 13 Nov 2019 Copyright © 2016 by PLAY BY EAR | UEN: 53028683A

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Updates as of 2 April 2017

  • New diagrams & variations for P.B.E.S™ Level 1 – Ending a song with C add9.
  • Translations from English to Japanese for all subjects
  • Pop Piano Improvisation: New keyboard and fingering diagrams for P.B.E.S™ Level 1, 2 and 3 added. New notation illustrations for subjects on Close & Wide playing techniques, 1+3+5, Broken + Block chord, Broken + Broken chord techniques added. New improvisation examples for subjects on Ending a song using chord progressions (IV-I), approached notes on left hand using scale mode.
  • Close & Wide playing techniques using 1,3,4,5 and 1,2,3,5 for left hand are intended for P.B.E.S™ Level 3 and above (application for 16th beat or semi quaver rhythms)
  • Level 1 (subject 1:10) using 1-5-8 as broken chords for both quarter note and quaver note rhythms. Applicable for only P.B.E.S™ Level 1 approved single note melody.
  • Dotted rhythm and rock pattern (I & II subject 2:13 under 9th edition) are intended for P.B.E.S™ Level 3 and above (application for broken + block chord patterns) as illustrated in P.B.E.S™ Level 2 broken chord technique 2.
  • Bossa Nova patterns are intended for P.B.E.S™ Level 3 and above (application for 16th beat or semi quaver rhythms)
  • Jazz Piano Improvisation: More examples for ii-V-I Progressions under previous  subject J:5. New illustrations for turnarounds and tritone substitutions added. New chord charts and notation examples for ‘walking bass in common Jazz fake sheets’ and ’12-bars Blues with extended Blues turnarounds and chord substitutions’
  • Pop Guitar Improvisation: Added new guitar symbols (tablatures) and chord diagrams. New strumming patterns (I, II, III, IV) using up/down ‘stroke’ diagrams. Added new common pop/rock chord progressions.
  • Pop Vocal Improvisation: Added new techniques on mixed voice and head voice. Pitching using major scales practise exercises on keyboard.