i want to woodshed this weekend playing uptempo standards in bb. i can't think of a lot of standards in bb that would fall in the top 40 essential jazz standards category. it seems they are mostly in eb, c or f and some in g. not so many in bb... help me out here, i feel like i am losing my memory...

up tempo:

rhythm changes (various heads)
stella by starlight
autumn leaves
if i should lose you
it don't mean a thing
just in time

medium tempo:

there is no greater love
someday my prince will come
after you've gone

everything happens to me
my foolish heart
a time for love
There are 4 comments, leave a comment.
for what it's worth, i don't usually think of tunes as being in this key or that key.  i like to play them in different keys whenever i play.  if  ya wanna wood shed bb, then why not play all your faves in bb this weekend?
i do think of standards being in common keys, i don't have time to take every tune through bb. i have settled on this medley:

autumn leaves
i got rhythm  
someday my prince will come
there is no greater love
i just spent the last 2 hours doing an exercise i made up for myself whereby i solo continuously over a nonstop medley of the chords changes for the common tunes in bb without charts: there is no greater love, someday my prince will come (4/4), autumn leaves (with max. substitutions), stella by starlight, rhythm changes, perdido and cherokee. i do one chorus of each and then go straight into the next tune without pause. i do my lines in a bebop style for a while and then i do them in a jazz style that avoids bebop cliches. i practices long continuous lines that tend to target chords tones and also short phrases, back and forth. i have been playing the left hand like a cut time modern stride: root on beat 1 and rootless left hand voicing on beat 3 at tempo 163. i alternate the stride by playing detached quarter notes in the left hand and then sometimes with various pedalings for a more legato left hand effect. am i being clear? wow, my bb soloing chops are way up as a result. i get rusty because i am at a level where i can forgo practicing most of the time but sometimes i feel the need to hit the woodshed and do some training to get things back in shape
let us know when put that on youtube so we can all see/hear you doing it:)
Please sign in to post.

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
Volume 5 of Scot Ranney's "Jazz Piano Notebook Series" is up and running!
How to Develop Your Improvisation from Beginner to Advanced
Big Chief
How to Play Bossa Nova
Best Pianos for Beginners
How to Reharmonise a song

Volume 5 of the "Jazz Piano Notebook Series" is Available!
LearnJazzPiano.com File Downloads News
One Hour of Relaxing Piano Music
Jeff Brent's Jazz Piano Notebook
Fundamentos Físicos del Sonido
Aprendiendo a tocar PIANO gratis con partitura

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 • 50,656 messages 63,069 accounts 53,786 logins
LearnJazzPiano.com Copyright © 1995-2019 by Scot Ranney • website software and design by scot's scripts
LearnJazzPiano.com is For Sale - Serious Inquiries Only