Tag: learn to play jazz piano

Working with jazz singers Understandably, most of my jazz piano students want to improvise; their prime aim is to solo creatively. However, my 40 years as a pro keyboard player has taught me that being given the opportunity to solo comes as a bonus. A more realistic expectation for a pianist is that we will… Read more »

Teaching the blues is all a part of jazz!

A moment after writing the title of this article, up popped an image of John Lee Hooker smiling and shaking his head. “Nobody can teach you the blues. Blues is a feeling, something you have to live.” I tried explaining that I’m a jazz piano teacher and that teaching the blues is part of my job… Read more »

Stop playing jazzy. Start playing jazz!

Here is the third in my series of articles for the website ‘All About Jazz’ I concluded my last article in this series with a piece of advice handed to me by one of my old jazz piano teachers: ‘Don’t try to play jazzy.’ I’d now like to explore this statement and demonstrate how it… Read more »

Learning to play jazz

Play jazz: practice and theory Have you ever been asked the question “What do you do?” When I used to reply “I’m a singing coach” the usual annoying response was “Do you know anyone famous?” Now that I teach jazz piano, an equally infuriating reaction is “Learning to play jazz? How can you teach improvisation?… Read more »

How to play a jazz solo

How to Solo My learn jazz piano video course is now around half way through the series ‘How to play a jazz solo.’  There now follows a summary of these lessons so far with a link to my jazz course. Lesson 21:  Connecting hands   In this lesson I take you through techniques to incorporate… 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 »

Why I set up Learn Jazz Piano Online with Paul Abrahams.

The birth of learn jazz piano with Paul Abrahams Some of you have followed my old learn jazz piano iTunes audio only podcasts over the last few years. A natural progression would be to use video and offer backing tracks. Although this is what I’m now doing, it’s not the reason why I dreamed up… Read more »

Next lesson for Jazz Piano Online

I’m now working on lesson 11 of Jazz Piano Online. An update from Paul at Jazz Piano online. You can now buy the complete course so click here! Lesson 1 – From scales to chords Soloing over the Pentatonic scale Mastering intervals The V – I concept One formula to construct all major scales 7… Read more »