Jazz and Contemporary Chord Symbol Reading for the Blind Pianist is a Braille music manual designed for use by individuals who are blind or who have low vision. Subtitled "How to Read Braille Chord Charts in Live Performance," this instructional course-curriculum by Richard Taesch follows the progression of concepts as presented in An Introduction to Music for the Blind Student, Part I (see separate entry). While it takes two hands to play piano, one hand can be used for basic chord structures, while the other either enhances voicings or adds melody or improvisation. For the blind music reader, this opens the possibility of using the right hand for braille reading while performing at least a preliminary left hand harmonic support basis. This basis or harmonic accompaniment can easily be enhanced by the right hand later on as melodic functions are added. This book is available in both print and braille editions.