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Offline ac12345

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I want to learn Jazz piano
« on: August 08, 2012, 05:39:18 PM »
Hi.  I am a classical piano student in college (so it goes without saying that I am reasonably technically proficient), and I've gone through undergrad theory.  I would like to learn the Jazz piano style (solo), especially how to improvise. 
The reason I am interested is not because I want to become a jazz pianist, but because I think it would be fun AND I am interested in composing.  However, I feel like there is a huge mental block or some inhibition that is preventing me from composing.  I think about it a lot (and literally dream about it a lot) and have tried once or twice, but it just doesn't feel right.  I think that learning a very improvisatory style would help remove the block because I have always been very afraid of improvising (other than the amount I do for my church job). 
So, my question is, where would be a good place to start learning?  Do you have any books to recommend? Should I get a private teacher?  Should I just teach myself? A little of both?

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Re: I want to learn Jazz piano
«Reply #1 on: August 08, 2012, 06:47:03 PM »
Hi,
I stood for a similar question, and choose a jazz pianist as a teacher who formerly had studied and performed classical piano. Most of the times he immediatlely understands my problems, questions and struggle. We play Bach and easy Jazz pieces. In my opinion, Bach is great for learning harmonies that are relevant in Jazz.

Good luck

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Re: I want to learn Jazz piano
«Reply #2 on: August 08, 2012, 09:11:45 PM »
Listen to alot of jazz piano stuff and different transcriptions of same standard/ballad
"Beethoven wrote in three flats a lot. That's because he moved twice."

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Re: I want to learn Jazz piano
«Reply #3 on: August 08, 2012, 10:10:02 PM »
for educational purposes only.  this is from the good folks at UMass Lowell.

I have uploaded it to my scribd. if you want to download it,use the link in the file description box to be directed to the university's website (it's on their .edu domain), and you can download it there (that way you are getting it from the source/the people that have permission to make the content downloadable).

viewing link
http://www.scribd.com/doc/102395239/Jazz-Theory-Stewart-Smith-4th-Ed

Offline rangerx

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Re: I want to learn Jazz piano
«Reply #4 on: August 08, 2012, 11:12:26 PM »
Hi.  I am a classical piano student in college (so it goes without saying that I am reasonably technically proficient), and I've gone through undergrad theory.  I would like to learn the Jazz piano style (solo), especially how to improvise. 
The reason I am interested is not because I want to become a jazz pianist, but because I think it would be fun AND I am interested in composing.  However, I feel like there is a huge mental block or some inhibition that is preventing me from composing.  I think about it a lot (and literally dream about it a lot) and have tried once or twice, but it just doesn't feel right.  I think that learning a very improvisatory style would help remove the block because I have always been very afraid of improvising (other than the amount I do for my church job). 
So, my question is, where would be a good place to start learning?  Do you have any books to recommend? Should I get a private teacher?  Should I just teach myself? A little of both?

heres a site that could answer most of your questions

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/#

go to the forum  , there's a section for theory