I'm 68 years old, and was a fairly decent trumpet player for a while, playing mostly big band lead. I have always wished that I could play jazz piano and when I turned 65 I took advantage of free tuition for old folks and took two semesters of group piano. I read the Noah Adams book and, yes, I even tried the David Sudnow approach. I got wind of the Mark Levine book several years ago and have worked my way through the ii-V- I's in all keys using the three note voicings and have bugun working on a few lead sheets doing the three note voicings. I've worked on Just Friends (of course), Satin Doll, As Time Goes By and Emily. I've taken private classical lessons for a year and a half and can now do a presentable version of Beethoven's Sonatina in G and can play two hand, two octave scales of all of the classical flavors in all keys. I feel like I have a minimal command of the piano keyboard and I'm thinking that now's the time to immerse myself in jazz only study on my own. My primary source of info will of course be learnjazzpiano.com.
My study and practice plan is as follows:
1. Work on my four existing tunes to include additional voices. 2. Work through Albetan's 'Performing Jazz Leadsheets'. 3. Do scales Mark Levine style in all keys. I currently have the C scale 'in my hands' and am working the F scale now. 4. Begin playing along with recordings by the big guys.
I'll try to journal here as I go along. Your comments are welcome. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Been working on Emily mostly as of late. It started to sound pretty good to me so I decided to get my laptop rigged up so I could record a midi version. Wow. Was it ever a revelation. When recorded, it didn't sound near;y so good. The voicing is ok and all, but the pauses while I think about what the next chord is or try to find the keys seem to last forever. Just afew seconds inreality, but an eternity musically. My classical piano teacher had me play it for her, then had me do the left and right hands by ...
Good practice today. Albetan's harmonic background exercise on jazz leadsheets for about half an hour. It's harder than I thought, but I'm making progress. I should have it in another week or so. I'd like to be able to play it smoothly at 120 then move on to the next key (Db...yikes!) Spent fifteen minutes on Levine style scales. Got the c major down and working on F now. Have the ascending version pretty good but still working on the descending. Spent fifteen minutes or so on Emily. The tempo's slow...
Practiced for about an hour and a half today. Worked on 'Emily' and Albetans 'Performing Jazz Lead Sheets'. Emily is coming along. I seem to have the progression and the voicing in my hands. Still playing it way slow though. I have a tendency to want o play things up to speed, but i'm trying to make myself keep the tempo down to the mistake free level. It's hard for me to do. Working on Albetan's first lead sheet exercise. All The Things You Are, the first four bars in Ab. Left hand is two half notes of...
I'm 68 years old, and was a fairly decent trumpet player for a while, playing mostly big band lead. I have always wished that I could play jazz piano and when I turned 65 I took advantage of free tuition for old folks and took two semesters of group piano. I read the Noah Adams book and, yes, I even tried the David Sudnow approach. I got wind of the Mark Levine book several years ago and have worked my way through the ii-V- I's in all keys using the three note voicings and have bugun working on a few lead s...
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