In these 3 years many things have happened, I have improved my musicality, my piano skills, I practiced flute more than anything, I learnt to play the harmonica, and I learnt tonight , after 5 months away from my piano (and 8000km away from it) that I still love it and miss it, even though I try to hide it like a love you can't have. I hope to return to it soon.. Music feeds me, and I have been eating the same dish for 5 months.
Why is it that many people are in the search for excellence? who said that excellence is the best flavor? why can't I learn from the not so advanced as well as from the virtuosos? the answer might be that being close to the excellence makes you think you are excellent.
I am friends with my ear now..
Today I tried to delete my first blog, and it was impossible... That makes me think what other things can not be erased in real life... everything needs a beginning.
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.
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.
Volume 3 contains 12 jazz piano exercises and explorations by the acclaimed jazz piano educator, pianist, author, and recording artist Tim Richards.
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.
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