coolness. heh, just rediscovered this site and decided to join. and i'm 16 so thought i might as well say something here. but anywyas, i play in my schools jazz band, though since we already have a really good pianist, so i play trumpet. she's a senior though and we just got like 10 freshman trumpets, and only 1 jazz band, so i'll probably end up playing piano next year. so i thought i might as well get better at it.
...randomly talking about myself....
i actaully havnt specifically  learned anything for jazz piano. i've taken what classical music theory i've learned (chord inversions was a good one) and then whatever jazz stuff i've learned on trumpet. basicly, the blues scale. so pretty much my jazz piano is limmited so far to just blues. and it's kinda gotten old. theres only so many times you can play the blues scale up and down and backwards and forwards with triplets and 32nd notes and with billions of grace notes all over the place. though i have one friend who does a pretty good private eye type of narrative while i play slowly... but anyways...

besides the basic lessons and stuff offered here, which i am going to experiment and mess around with for a while, anyone have suggestions or anything for me to... well, do? like chord progressions. i didn't see a lot of minor/blues progressions. or tell me how to improv better with the major ones. or something. or any tips for general composing of jazz and such. jazz band hasnt really started yet so i've been depraved of learning for 3 months and i'm going crazy.
oh, and last thought/question/request/something. any thoughts or similair about rock piano? as in like 50's style, pretty much what i can think of. also like for  accompaniment, that sort of thing. wow this looks long.
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