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Scot Ranney's Paleo Jazz Piano Rocks

Piano, Health, and Diet, the Paleo Way

by Scot Ranney on May 08, 2015

Want to be the best pianist you can? Part of this is being strong, mentally and physically.

Piano is a physical instrument and many of the great pianists in history and today say the same thing: great pianists need to be in great shape. The easiest way to start increasing our quality of health and physical/mental strength is by making sure we eat foods that are right for our bodies. I've been following the Paleo diet for the last five years and the last five years have been the most productive years of my life.

Tim Richards- "Improvising Blues Piano" Book Review

by Scot Ranney on April 27, 2015

Scot Ranney's perspectives on Tim Richard's, "Improvising Blues Piano"

If you have any interest in learning about blues piano, from the roots to modern playing, I have never, and I mean it, never seen a book as complete, as professional, and as well put together as this one. A perfect mix of discussion and music examples, solo piano arrangements, exercises, history and more. This book would work well in an academic situation in a jazz studies, theory, or improv class as well.

McCoy Tyner - how to play like McCoy Tyner

Beginner's Guide on How to Play Piano Like McCoy Tyner

by Scot Ranney on April 05, 2015

McCoy Tyner is a legendary jazz pianist and there is a simple trick to put a little bit of his sound in your playing.

There are a handful of jazz pianists who helped shape our world and McCoy Tyner is one of them. He broke into the big picture when he played with John Coltrane and since then has never looked back. I've seen him live several times and even had a chance to speak with him at length once. Great player, humble guy, and here's something you can do to add a bit of his sound to your playing.

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    of requests for it. So get started learning it now, because it's going to take you awhile to master it. 7...

    by 12/14/2005, 20 replies
  • Kenny Barron voicings

    I was reading through some old forum posts and came across a thread that made mention of "Kenny Barron" voicings. I have heard of Bud Powell voicings, Bill Evans voicings, etc. What is a Kenny Barron voicing? Thanks, Ryan...

    by 05/30/2006, 6 replies
  • Jazz Piano Templates

    Hello Everyone! I've been playing piano on and off for the last 10 years while playing bass in a jazz setting and in school but in the last 2 years I've taken more lessons and embarked on learning jazz piano itself and not just to fill in the gaps oy harmonic understanding on bass. I've gotten to the point where I can play all my major scales and modes in all 12 keys, shell and A/B voicings in all 12 keys, and Melodic Major and Harmonic Minor and Super Locrian in all 12 keys. I carry around Mark Levine's...

    by 01/06/2015, 2 replies
  • *New* - Beginning Jazz Improvisation w/Dave Frank Pt.s 1+2

    This class CAN TEACH YOU to begin jazz improvisation) Part One is intended to be watched in tandem with Part Two. Designed for all instruments and voice (but especially pianists), Part One explores the 4 basic chord progressions used in common jazz standards and how to improvise over them. Part 2 explains how to improvise over combination progressions and how to begin improvising over complete standards. http://youtu.be/JVS7FwTGWK0 http://youtu.be/BcC8ARwsCZQ Blessings and keep swingin from 52nd St...

    by 01/23/2015, 2 replies
  • Are there any good Jazz Piano lessons online?

    Hi, I'm looking for lessons on Jazz Piano. Are there any good ones that you know of? I was able to accumulate some real good Jazz Piano lessons on my blog. But I'm looking for other sources. If there's any other good one, will you let me know?...

    by 09/04/2014, 6 replies
  • How do you play plain chords in lead sheets?

    I'm really new to playing jazz piano but not so much to theory. One thing I've really been wondering is how you play straight piano chords, like E- or Db in a lead sheet. For example, in Autumn Leaves, bar 7 calls to play E-.In bar 8 after the repeat of Body and Soul, it calls to play Db. Do you really only play E G B and Db F Ab, respectively? Why are some chords not sevenths? For minors, I suspect that since -7th chords can give a dorian rather...

    by 10/30/2014, 1 reply from 10/31/2014
  • How can I start to learn Jazz Piano?

    I wanna ask what can I do if I want to learn Jazz Piano by myself? while searching online I have find out online jazz clasess video ([url]http://www.nyjazzacademy.com/programs/online-jazz-lessons-and-classes/[/url]). I want to know it is best for me as I'm grade 8 in ABRSM, poor skill, poor theory, poor creativity. Only know how to follow the scores.

    by 09/02/2014, 4 replies
  • Digital Piano

    While on vacation recently with friends, one of those friends was lamenting that when he was a younger man, he had spent a few years in London while his father was there for his employer. The home where he lived had a piano that he started to play as he was bored and felt lonely being removed from his friends at school. As he has aged he has decided that he wants to reconnect with this past. He also has decided, or rather his wife decided for him, that he would be better served with a digital piano. I must...

    by 10/21/2014, 3 replies
  • What do jazz piano students most want to learn?

    I'm a jazz piano teacher here in London and would like to know what students would most like to learn? Here are some suggestions but tell me what comes to mind first? Scales Modes New tunes Chords Licks Chord sequences Extensions and alterations Playing the blues Different piano styles Comping http://www.learnjazzpianoonline.com...

    by 04/04/2014, 6 replies
  • *NEW* - Learn to BURN w/Dave Frank

    Hi fiends, I'm plotzing to inivte you to this new class, intended for intermediate to advanced players, presenting 3 specific exercises to help you to take your playing to BURNSVILLE!! You will LOVE it) Blessings and keep swingin from 52nd St. Dave Frank http://youtu.be/fo7VRF_Uj7o...

    by 08/06/2014, 38 replies
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