Real name: scot ranney
Nickname: captain keyboard (really, dr. mike from aspen gave it to me :)
Location: bellingham, wa
Occupation: piano guy, computer programmer, ski bum, paleo practitioner
Information: skype lessons: contact scot if you're interested. scot teaches all levels of jazz and other styles of piano. his lessons are usually based on you playing something you've been working on and then scot going through it with you and giving you all sorts of new stuff to work with.
at the age of 2 scot discovered his mother's piano. the story goes that he would climb on the bench and... play. his mother who was a fine pianist at the time taught him a few things on the piano but it wasn't until age 7 that scot began taking piano lessons for real. over the next 12 years he learned classical repertoire and especially enjoyed bach, mcdowell, and mozart.
scot started playing piano professionally in 1987 and in 1989 someone asked him if he would like to play music in seoul, korea. four days later he was there, playing in an r&b band at the nicest night club in town. scot would lead bands in asia for the next several years before returning to seattle.
while scot lived in the seattle area he ran bands on a riverboat called the queen of the west and regularly played in the northwest in clubs, concerts, and for private events.
in the late 90's scot decided to go to aspen, colorado, and a month later he was there. pulled by the ultimate dream of playing piano at night and skiing in the day, scot found a job as the house pianist at the prestigious ritz-carlton, aspen, and enjoyed living in the rocky mountains for the next few years before returning to the northwest.
in 2000, scot moved to bellingham, washington, where he plays jazz piano for concerts and events from vancouver b.c. to san diego, california, covering the entire west coast.
scot had his start in jazz piano when with the recommendation of don lanphere, a great be-bop sax player from the early days of bop, scot met marc seales who is at this time the jazz piano professor at university of washington. scot's brother, travis ranney (who is on just about everyone's a-list for saxophone work and regularly plays with scot) had been studying with don lanphere at the time which is how this all happened.
scot studied under marc seales for a few years has said that marc is not only a great jazz mentor, but one of the better players out there.
marc has a saying that scot took to heart. simply, take care of business.
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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