Jazz piano

How Long Does It Take To Learn Jazz Piano?

2024-03-28T08:44:49+00:00

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!

2024-03-07T15:06:54+00:00

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

Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock

2023-10-11T11:30:06+01:00

In a Nutshell:"Watermelon Man" is a jazz standard by Herbie Hancock from his 1962 debut album, "Takin' Off."The original version featured Freddie Hubbard and Dexter Gordon in a grooving hard bop style.Mongo Santamaría's Latin pop rendition reached No. 10 on the pop chart and was Grammy Hall of Fame inducted.Hancock later reworked it with funk influences for his 1973 album "Head Hunters."The song's structure is a sixteen-bar blues drawing from R&B, soul jazz, and bebop.Over two hundred artists have recorded the song, including David Bowie's band and live renditions at Montreux Jazz Festival.About the Piece:"Watermelon Man" is a jazz standard composed [...]

Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock2023-10-11T11:30:06+01:00

The basics of jazz for the adult beginner

2021-03-01T11:06:49+00:00

I already discussed jazz in general and its origin in a former article. As I mentioned before, the term Jazz is used very loosely for nearly every style of music which is not classical or contemporary, like rock or rap. “Jazz is a broad and complex genre, and so it may seem difficult for those who are first getting into Jazz to know where to start. . . . But Jazz doesn’t need to be complex. You can actually get by with a minimum amount of theory and practice”Stefan Joubert In this article, I will try to capture some of [...]

The basics of jazz for the adult beginner2021-03-01T11:06:49+00:00

The basic chords used in jazz for the adult beginner

2021-03-01T10:50:02+00:00

The basic chords used in jazz for the adult beginner In this article, I will try to capture some of the basics of jazz to help you as an adult beginner. The most important ingredient in playing jazz being the chords you use. It’s like the bricks in a wall. Knowing your basic chords and scales needs to be a foundation to work from. We will look at how chords are structured or built and their extensions. Starting as an adult beginner, learning to play jazz could take quite some time just to master the basics. Moving from classical musician to [...]

The basic chords used in jazz for the adult beginner2021-03-01T10:50:02+00:00

How to learn jazz piano for the adult beginner

2021-03-01T10:48:35+00:00

How to learn jazz piano for the adult beginner First of all the question comes to mind as to what is Jazz?  What music does this genre include and what are the main characteristics of this style of piano playing? “Jazz is a broad and complex genre, and so it may seem difficult for those who are first getting into Jazz to know where to start. There are lots of different subgenres, and lots of different concepts, such that Jazz can sound like a foreign language – a Jazz musician could say ‘let’s use the Lydian Dominant mode to play over [...]

How to learn jazz piano for the adult beginner2021-03-01T10:48:35+00:00

The basics of jazz for the adult beginner – RECOMMENDATIONS

2021-03-01T10:43:55+00:00

I already discussed jazz in general and its origin in a former article. As I mentioned before, the term Jazz is used very loosely for nearly every style of music which is not classical or contemporary, like rock or rap. “Jazz is a broad and complex genre, and so it may seem difficult for those who are first getting into Jazz to know where to start. . . . But Jazz doesn’t need to be complex. You can actually get by with a minimum amount of theory and practice”Stefan Joubert In this article, I will try to capture some of [...]

The basics of jazz for the adult beginner – RECOMMENDATIONS2021-03-01T10:43:55+00:00

How do I get started learning jazz piano as an adult?

2022-04-29T18:28:06+01:00

Discover how to get started with jazz piano as an adult. In this article, you will get a much deeper understanding of how jazz works! Learning to play jazz piano as an adult is one of the most rewarding things you can do! It is, however, important that you understand the process of getting started with jazz piano. Jazz piano is not easy to master, it requires a lot of practice and self-discipline. It can be downright arduous at times, but the rewards are humongous once you get it right! In this article, I will do my utmost to help you understand the journey [...]

How do I get started learning jazz piano as an adult?2022-04-29T18:28:06+01:00

The importance of the II V I progression in jazz!

2021-03-01T10:38:03+00:00

The II V I progression is the harmonic motor of jazz music! Jazz harmony is based on the cycle of fourths and II V Is are the king of fourths... Understand the II V I and you understand jazz! Let's face it. Jazz is a style of music that moves in cycles and is quite predictable from a harmonic point of view. Even though chord movements in jazz are predictive and reasonably straightforward, many melodic and harmonic variations can be created on the spot. So within a predictive and 'set' framework, we have the freedom to make things less predictive and [...]

The importance of the II V I progression in jazz!2021-03-01T10:38:03+00:00

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