i wanna ask what can i do if i want to learn jazz piano by myself? while searching  online i  have find out online jazz clasess video ([url]https://www.nyjazzacademy.com/programs/online-jazz-lessons-and-classes/[/url]). i want to know it is best for me as i'm grade 8 in abrsm, poor skill, poor theory, poor creativity. only know how to follow the scores.
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jazz is a language. if you want to play it, then listen to it all the time.  older stuff, stuff from the 40's, 50's, 60's, this is where the language was developed.  you can't possibly learn this from books or lessons.

this is what the beginning jazz pianist needs to figure out first: you learn by listening and trying to play what you hear.

on the other hand, you'll never be able to play what you hear unless you practice the tools of your trade. scales, arpeggios, other exercises.

want to learn jazz?  go to youtube and listen to the kind of blue album until you can sing along with the entire album. then you'll start learning jazz.
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