About Reuben

Reuben is a freelance jazz multi-instrumentalist. Having initially trained in classical piano and cello, he moved to London 10 years ago to study jazz, and now performs regularly around the country in a host of bands, including funk band John Motors.

How to Compose Your Own Piano Music


The piano is an incredibly versatile instrument. For hundreds of years, it has been the primary instrument for composition, giving the composer the ability to play their creations in full on the spot. Writing your own piano music is a rewarding endeavour that allows you to express your creativity and emotions through an intricate and beautiful instrument. While the process might seem daunting at first, breaking it down into manageable steps can make it more approachable. Here I will guide you through the essential stages of composing piano music, from finding inspiration and understanding musical theory to developing your composition [...]

How to Compose Your Own Piano Music2024-07-23T17:19:08+01:00

Is Jazz Piano Harder than Classical Piano?


The comparison between jazz and classical piano is often debated among musicians and enthusiasts. Both genres demand a high level of skill, discipline, and creativity to master, yet they differ significantly in their approaches, techniques, and philosophies. Determining whether jazz piano is harder than classical piano is not straightforward, as the answer largely depends on various factors including individual aptitudes, training backgrounds, and personal musical preferences. From the outset it is worth noting that a proficient jazz pianist and a proficient classical pianist can often be the same person, and that the process of becoming a master pianist can often result [...]

Is Jazz Piano Harder than Classical Piano?2024-05-30T16:06:44+01:00

How Long Does It Take To Learn Jazz Piano?


Jazz piano is a captivating area of the musical art form, known for its versatility, as well as its affinity with deep improvisation, intricate harmonies, and rhythmic complexity. Learning jazz piano is not merely a task of mastering notes and chords but rather an immersive journey of understanding the language, history, and culture of jazz music. The question of how long it takes to learn jazz piano is multifaceted, influenced by various factors such as individual aptitude, practise regimen, and exposure to the genre. This article explores the intricate path of learning jazz piano, emphasising the dedication and perseverance required [...]

How Long Does It Take To Learn Jazz Piano?2024-03-28T08:44:49+00:00

Five Cool II-V-I Jazz Piano Licks That You Should Know!


For most non-jazz musicians and beginners, the assumption is that jazz improvisation is conjured out of thin air, and that improvised phrases are a stream of consciousness. The truth is that jazz musicians are discerning magpies, who always have an ear open to catch a phrase played by another musician, with the intention of using it in their own improvisations. Learning to play jazz is, to me, exactly like learning to speak a foreign language fluently. When learning to speak a language we are usually given stock phrases to use that can be altered to suit different situations. In the exact [...]

Five Cool II-V-I Jazz Piano Licks That You Should Know!2024-03-07T15:06:54+00:00
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