Author: paul abrahams

Recommended jazz albums

Recommended jazz albums – part 3 This is part 3 of my list of recommended jazz albums that I think you should be listening to. You can find the complete list in chapter 10 of  Learn Jazz Piano book 3. I’m starting with another essential Bill Evans album and this time it’s live. I was fortunate enough to see him at… Read more »

Learn Jazz Piano by Listening

Learn Jazz Piano by Listening – part 2 This is part 2 of my list of essential recordings that I think you should be listening to. You can find the complete list in chapter 10 of  Learn Jazz Piano book 3. Alongside playing and studying, listening to the masters of improvisation will improve your playing without… Read more »

Study jazz piano: Suggested listening part 1

Three ways to study jazz piano Three ways to study jazz piano are playing,  studying and listening. Playing: I can only continue to encourage you to seek out other musicians. One of the  best ways to  study jazz piano is by playing with other people, whether with friends, with your teacher, at an evening class or summer… Read more »

Learn Bebop scales part 2

Here is  Learn Bebop scales part 2. This is an extract from my book ‘How To Solo.’. It is the 4th in the series of my eBooks Learn Jazz Piano. You can purchase all books by clicking here. In my previous blog I illustrated the Bebop Dominant scale in C. Take another look before continuing. Fig… Read more »

bebop scales part 1

Using bebop scales in your jazz solos is easier than you think! Chapter 4: of Learn Jazz Piano book 4 I don’t believe that most of us can learn jazz piano by instinct alone and bebop scales should be a part of your vocabulary. The key is getting the right balance of instinct and theory. Here are… Read more »

Learning Jazz Piano lesson 22 now available

Learning Jazz Piano with Paul Abrahams ‘HOW TO SOLO, PART 2.’ The second video lesson in this learning jazz piano series is called ‘Chords and their scales.’ In lesson 22, I take the 4 chord types and pair them with all their scales and modes. The obvious pairings are as follows: Major chords: major scale Minor chords: dorian mode… Read more »

Ear not eye: a guide for learning about jazz piano

Learning about jazz piano: a musical journey. Two facts: for over 40 years, while learning about jazz piano, I have been making my living as a professional keyboard player and piano teacher, and yet failed all my music exams at secondary school. Ear not eye: a guide for learning about jazz piano I’m sure that… Read more »

Learn Jazz piano video on YouTube

Click here for my new  Learn Jazz piano video on YouTube This Learn Jazz Piano video on YouTube is a short recap about the relationship between a major scale and its seven chords. Here are the 7th chords that belong to F major. Here’s a summary of the lesson content: Lesson 1 – From scales to chords… Read more »

Practicing Jazz Piano: THE 3RD GOLDEN RULE

Golden rule number 3: When practicing jazz piano Identify II – V – I sequences 1)   II – V – I  This is by far the most important chord sequence when practicing jazz piano, and you need to recognise it in its major and minor forms. Here’s the sequence in Bb major. And here’s the sequence… Read more »

Lesson 21: study jazz piano with Paul Abrahams

Study jazz piano with Paul Abrahams Click here for my jazz course ‘CONNECTING HANDS.’ I have now produced 20 videos in the series ‘Study jazz piano with Paul Abrahams.’ This is the first video lesson package in the series ‘How to solo.’ When soloing, most of us get busy with our right hands at the expense… Read more »