hi all,

i just discovered ljp this morning and wanted to say hi to the people making this place what it is.

i am a 28 year old guy from belgium (the country in europe). i've been to music academy when i was a kid (7-12) and played piano pretty well. at the age of 12, i wanted to play something more cool than a piano and traded the accoustic piano for a roland e-70 keyboard. which was great in 1992. i quit the academy and took private courses with a semi-pro organ player for about 4 years and played popular tunes on my keyboard, ranging from ballads over easy r&r to swinging hit parade music. i liked it until i was about 16 and then joined a band.

another 12 years later, everything i learned back in the academny has been forgotten. my left hand is rigid because i only play chords with it. i am unable to play really complicated music. and i still play on the same roland e-70.

this must change.

i'm ordering a yamaha clavinova clp-240 later this week. i 'go digital' for a number of reasons.  

1. it's cheaper than a good accoustic. my budget was €2000. i stay well below it with the clp240. so i can also get a good sennheiser headset for playing at night, and a piano stool.

2. midi. i want to do some composing/recording/editing for myself. i'm a linux man so i'll figure out how rosegarden works.

my musical preference is jazz (anything but the 'acid' styles), and classical, ranging from satie over rachmaninov to bach.  

i want to learn to play jazz piano well. chords are no real mystery to me since i played keyboards for many years. but between chords and a good jazzy play, there's a big world.

i was looking for some jazz piano course information on the web when i stumbled upon this site. i browsed through the courses section and found that there is some good information to get started. the site looks complicated at first site, but i think i get the idea of how it works. there seems to be a lot of informations in the discussions, and many contributed files.

i was also looking to get some books to learn&play jazz piano. i was looking at these books on amazon:


could these be recommended and would you have any other must-haves in this category?

one last question: i saw many midi files in the contributed files. how can one obtain lead sheets for these files?  

well, i look forward to my new musical journey into jazz piano. next september - still long - i might go back to the academy and 'restart' where i once quit. i plan to come back here, and follow discussions and learn from the pro's who are here. can't wait to get my piano!


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first off, welcome to ljp. the most addictive site on the web.
i'm a linux guy too, and i've had zero luck with linux midi tools. good luck with rosegarden.
another option is to install wine, and you'll see that many tools work just fine. finale and transcribe! work great for me.  

about lead sheets, you can get charts if you click the lead sheet at the bottom of the page.  
also, if you download a midi file, many tools will convert into somewhat readable scores. sibelius does a decent job (but it didn't work for me under wine, it just screwed all my fonts up. remove ~/.wine and reinstalling wine apps did it.)  
i think bandinabox does it too, but i never tried under linux.
one very good linux tool, mostly for recording is audacity.  
another good one for messing with videos is cinerella. (in case you become a youtuber)

have fun with the new toy!
hi davo,

i am not into linux but i do own an early clavinova (122s).
i also own a p-70, but prefer the clavinova because i think it more simulates acoustic action.  welcome to ljp.  you will find many helpful contributors here from novice to expert.  are you still with a band, and what is the make-up and style?
jnkarns - i'm no longer in a band. it was in my last years of middle school, and we played r.e.m. and radiohead style. far from jazz... we were pretty bad altoghether. we were young and very unprofessional. in practice, the singer wanted to be the loudest, the guitarist as well, me too i guess, ... the only one who was good was the drummer, and now he's a pro in different groups and orchestra.  

knotty - thanks for the software suggestions. i found out that there is a linux driver available for the m-audio midi-usb 1x1 connector. still have to find the exact location. suppose i get that to work, i'll let you know how.
ok; my clavinova clp240 will be delivered tomorrow afternoon. i just got mark levines 'jazz theory book' and i've been browsing alreay a bit, and playing to it on my roland e-70.

can't wait.  

to repeat my question: apart from mark levines book i have not, what are according to you, great jazz (or other) piano study books for the intermediate...

correction for post above: 'i have now', that must be, instead of 'i have not'
my last post got lost in cyberspace. here it goes again.

i like metaphors for the musician.  

it doesn't overlap with the levine's book so i think it'll make a nice complement. several people here do recommend it. i think it has tons of great ideas and simple explanations to complex questions like:
"whats the blues?"
"how to use pentatonic scales?"
"how should you learn new material?"
"what if you only have an hour to practice"
"how to learn song or develop your ear"

and the list goes on. nicely organized.
great, thanks! i has good reviews on amazon too.
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