If you want to learn how to play piano the easy way then you have come to the right place! Many classical teachers will stress the importance of musical theory and being able to read sheet music.
And my improvising teacher said: But as I practiced with band i discovered ear improviz, and after those clips i can see how it works. Comment by micheal September 3, rick, great site i am learning jazz harmonicaand i cant wait to delve deeper in this site maybe you should be a teacher Micheal February 14, Hi Rick, I've decided to start anew and to play piano by ear only.
I've searched for one of my earliest jazz experiences, The Atomic Mr. Basie and picked the slow blues After Supper.
The theme was easy and the great bass line outlined the harmonic structure perfectly. I slowed down the song to get everything right and man was it fulfilling to learn the exact phrasing by listening and playing it over and over again!
The slow tempo and relaxed style prevented me from getting overambitious and at the same there was plenty of nice stuff to keep me going. I finished of with the solo piano intro which gave me such joy after I managed to put two hands together.
This is definitely the right way for me to move on! Marcel April 16, Hi there, Just want to say that I use your site all the time, especially the ear training tools.
It's such a fabulous and helpful site, thank you for it! I just have one question I tend to lose my place in the changes. Do you have recommendations for keeping place? Counting the bars is obviously one way, but is that the best way?
Keep up the good work! April 17, Hi VB, Most jazz musicians could hear a few measures worth of chords to a popular tune like "All The Things You Are" and they'd instantly recognize the tune and they'd also know exactly where they are in the song form.
You've probably have had similar experiences while listening to the radio. You'll hear just a few seconds of a song and you'll start singing the next vocal part, or you'll know that a guitar solo is about to start.
All of this is a result of familiarity. When you're familiar enough with a tune, you don't have to work at finding your place.
So, for these tunes, start out learning the melody. And I mean, really learn it. In time, you'll gain enough familiarity with the tune that you'll always know where you are in the song form.
As a guitar player, you're right, I was able to get rudimentary ear training just by trying to play what sounded cool to me of the songs I new. My ear is no where near 'trained' beyond roots major, minor, and I can pick out a melody usually in about 2 minutes if I hear it, which always seems like a long time to me.
In just ONE week of dedicated ear training the difference is monumental. I've taught myself a bunch of theory over the past year without ever really just sitting down and training my ear. I'm really surprised by your comment that a lot of jazz students wouldn't be able to play happy birthday off the top of their heads, is this exaggeration?
People have always said I have a good ear, here and there, I think my problem is confidence. I just don't 'feel' like I'm playing good, even when I apparently am. Ear training and confidence should come before any theory. Unfortunately the ear comes along easier than the confidence. Keep up the good work buddy.
Thanks very much for this excellent site. I'm very impressed with the resources you've put together here and the efforts you've gone to. I'm also picking up my trumpet after a few too many years of letting it gather dust and am attempting to follow your approach i. Thanks again for the site: Comment by Norman H.
May 3, Rick - You are on to something. The "gap" between jazz theory and jazz education, and the reality of what jazz improvisors actually do has a parallel - in my opinion - in the world of language education. Language teachers actually teach language "theory" - verbs, conjugations, sentence structures.
Learning a language is something quite different than that.The Importance of Music Theory by Eytan Jun Categories Music in General Theory If you’re starting to pick up a musical instrument, you may have been advised to learn music theory, the study of the grammar of music.
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