LJP Journal: GS_Jon

  • 03/13/2008 - Wedding gig

    An old childhood friend asked me to play for his upcoming wedding in May, which I accepted. It involves about thirty minutes of background music preceding the ceremony, then a few handpicked tunes that he requested. I like the advice of the pianists here on ljp. The gist I get is that if you are playing background music, no one is really going to pay attention so you can play almost anything you want. For the wedding, my plan is to play the few standards I know, and then maybe fool around with some of...

  • 11/01/2007 - Omar Sosa vs. Chick Corea

    I discovered Omar Sosa recently and bought his album Mulatos. His playing is everything I strive for: laid-back phrasing, compelling latin/funky grooves, memorable melodic lines, sparse texture. On a recent concert flyer a critic was quoted comparing his virtuosity to that of Chick Corea. While I won't get into a comparison of the technical aspects of Sosa vs. Corea, I do greatly prefer Sosa stylistically. Corea's playing at times sacrifices taste for virtuosity; I never get that sense from Sosa. I can...

  • 08/13/2007 - Way down yonder in the minor key

    I have not had time to regularly practice in 2007, but I have had time to compose a few tunes, mostly simple mid-tempo funky riffs over a hip-hop sequenced bass and drumline. If the chops are rusty you might as well write songs, I say! The nice thing about composing after having transcribed a few solos is that melodic ideas pop up quite readily. So far my most successful compositional technique has been to select a bass-drums groove, click record, and play for five or ten minutes whatever arises. The ne...

  • 12/10/2006 - Beginning to learn to Record

    Although it's been over a year since I rigorously or even regularly practiced, and my wife will have a baby in a few days and my chops are ridiculously rusty and I'll probably not have time to really play with any band for years to come, I've been trying to learn to record on my computer. As a new father, recording could be a way to maintain a creative musical outlet on a limited time budget. All it really takes is a few minutes here and there, or a kernel of an idea to keep in touch with the piano. So f...

  • 04/22/2005 - Dry spell, but it's raining again

    I mid-March my job began demanding quite a bit more in time and mental energy, and at the same time I was moving in with my fiancee. So, for about a month, I did not touch the piano once, and quickly found myself irritable, depressed, and sad. I wasn't practicing scales or chords, and what's worse, I wasn't listening to any jazz! So this past Saturday morning I sat down at the piano and played through a few of the tunes I had worked out prior to the dry spell, and it felt amazing. Although there was qui...

  • 03/14/2005 - Eclecticity: Brad Mehldau, One Note Samba

    On Thursday night, NPR played a couple of tunes from the Brad Mehldau Trio. The rich mid-range chords inspired me to listen to more of Mehldau's work, and from there I decided to try my hand at arranging a tune with thick mid-range chords. So, using One Note Samba (since the melody is automatic), I added lh 5-note chord voicings over the A section: Dm: 13457 Db7: 12357 Cm7: 13579 Bm7b5: 1379 Fm7: 173 Bb7: 1379 Ebmaj7: 71357 Ab7: 57936 Some of these are a stretch, but it was gratifying to hear...

  • 03/07/2005 - Practice log

    Chords: finished with 2 hand 1573 on all major, melodic, and harmonic minor keys Tunes: Donna Lee, Stolen Moments Solos: Listened to Lester Young on 'Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie'. Reviewed on piano Charlie Christian's 'I've Found a New Baby' and 'Rose Room.' Have begun searching for the best Charlie Parker solos. So far the Charlie Parker list includes 'Night in Tunisia', Confirmation, and 'Yardbird Suite', where the first eight bars are a triplet freak-out. After listening to Lester Young t...

  • 02/28/2005 - Practice log

    Since the last entry I have worked on the following: Tunes: Stride: Straight, No Chaser (Key of F) lh chord arrangement: Ladybird 2 hand melody: Ornithology, Song for My Father, The Song is You rootless voicings: A Foggy Day Solos: Lester Young is the man! I've been listening to and singing with his solos on Georgianna and Exactly Like You. On piano, I briefly reviewed Charlie Christian's solos on Royal Garden Blues, Six Appeal, and I Surrender, Dear.

  • 02/24/2005 - Practice logs

    So I'm following a four-pronged practice routine that is derived from a student of Lennie Tristano. Each practice session is be divided into four categories: 1) scales 2) chords 3) tunes 4) transcriptions. In my most recent session I did: 1) scales: extremely slow (mm = 60 on triplet) contrary polyrhythm (3 vs 4) using 12123 fingering on melodic minors: c, c#, d, eb, e, f 2) chords: 2 hands: 1573 on all scale degrees of melodic minor f#, g, ab, a, bb, b 3) tunes: Straight, No Chaser in F#, B; L...

Jazz Piano Notebook Series
Scot Ranney's Jazz Piano Notebook, Volume 1 - jazz piano tricks of the trade

Volume 1 of this educational jazz piano book contains 15 jazz piano exercises, tricks, and other interesting jazz piano techniques, voicings, grooves, and ideas Scot Ranney enjoys playing.

buy pdf version - buy coil binding version - videos

Scot Ranney's Jazz Piano Notebook, Volume 2 - jazz piano tricks of the trade you can use today

Volume 2 has 14 jazz piano exercises and tricks of the trade, and quite a bit of it is Calypso jazz piano related material, including some Monty Alexander and Michel Camilo style grooves. Jazz piano education is through the ears, but books like this can help.

buy pdf version - buy coil binding version

Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Notebook - jazz piano tricks of the trade

Volume 3 contains 12 jazz piano exercises and explorations by the acclaimed jazz piano educator, pianist, author, and recording artist Tim Richards.

Tim wrote the well known "Exploring Jazz Piano" and "Improvising Blues Piano" books and has several others to his name.

buy pdf version - buy coil binding version

Jeff Brent's Jazz Piano Notebook - jazz piano tricks of the trade

Volume 4 is by Jeff Brent, a jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and author of "Modalogy" and other acclaimed jazz theory and education books. In this book Jeff shares detailed analysis of transcriptions of live performances. He covers everything from the shape of the songs to the tricks and licks he uses in improvised lines to the ideas behind his lush chord voicings.

buy pdf version - buy coil binding version

Most Recent Discussions
Great Resource for Jazz Pianists
Scale in Calderazzo solo
analyzing Someone To Watch Over Me
Site updates
Korg SV-1 vs Nord Electro
Brad Brad Mehldau's independant left hand

Piano for Adoption Scam
Aprender Jazz en Piano
Oh Tannenbaum for Jazz Piano
Volume 5 of the "Jazz Piano Notebook Series" is Available!
LearnJazzPiano.com File Downloads News

Top Sheetmusic Picks

Jazzy Christmas Arrangements
Cocktail Piano
Best Songs Ever, 6th Edition
Christmas Medley
Moana Songbook
Late Night Jazz Piano

Jazz piano education is cool.

be the main character in your own story

Rock on. Follow your passion.

Sign In

privacy policyterms of serviceabout • 50,655 messages 63,069 accounts 57,171 logins
LearnJazzPiano.com Copyright © 1995-2024 by Scot Ranney • website software and design by scot's scripts
LearnJazzPiano.com is For Sale - Serious Inquiries Only