Chord voicings; licks to play over ii V I's and different pieces to try them out in
I just started playing jazz piano. I come from a classical piano background and my ability to make up and use interesting rhythms on the fly is for sure the worth thing about my piano playing.
Above all, I want to learn how to comp really well with a focus on backing a vocalist. I play in a group with a great vocalist and I want to learn how to comping really well and focus on how to be rhythmically interesting.
Another thing I think would be valuable would be how to move around fluidly and not just stick to the same register without a whole lot of movement
Also, how to swing. definitely that.
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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