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#2481619 11/17/15 11:27 AM
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I have been working through Alfred 1 and was almost finished a few months ago when I stopped practicing piano (Trumpet is my main instrument)

I'd like to get back to practice with an eye towards learning enough to do some basic comping with a Real Book.

I view Alfred's as helping me to play piano an getting used to my fingers on the keyboard, but I feel like I need more structure and exercises that will augment that.

With my trumpet, I have a few things I work on every day that help build areas which are needed to play songs. But I don't necessarily plan songs in my practice. (ie., slurs, tonguing, articulation, scales, patterns, etc...)

What is synonymous in piano?

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Greg Akins #2481647 11/17/15 12:37 PM
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There are endless possibilities. You can start with some basic scales, arpegios, and cadences then vary the articulation, try to swing your scales, add some syncopation to your cadences, etc.

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Greg Akins #2481660 11/17/15 01:07 PM
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Trumpet and piano are very different in that with trumpet there is very little mechanical movement. With piano, playing scales and Hanon aren't the best thing to start with because the hand needs to get used to playing notes from a wide variety of angles. Getting as much variety from your pieces as you can will foster a natural mechanism whereas limited and repetitive actions will often build an unnatural motion without sufficient sleep between repetitions.

If you have a teacher watching your every misstep that may be OK but if you're on your own it can be more harmful than beneficial.

Classical pianists think of scales and arpeggios as technical work as they are the bedrock of classical music but not of contemporary music where chords and cadences dominate more frequently.

If you want structure then every day play something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, etc., by ear, from the score and from memory. Play along with CD's, drum machines, friends and your imagination. Play variations or improvisations.

With contemporary music, jazz, blues, etc., technical expertise is thinking and reacting on the spot so your daily exercises must build your technique toward practical musicianship, versatility and spontaneity. Play what you hear in your head. With classical music it is preparing every last detail months in advance and the exercises need to build your mechanism towards perfection in execution.



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Originally Posted by zrtf90
... every day play something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,


I haven't heard that used quite that way before, but I like it!


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Greg Akins #2482316 11/19/15 05:38 AM
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HI Greg,

I start off with scales - major/minor/Arp.. to warm up, very slowly at first and build up to tempo.

Then I do the stuff I'm finding hard first! While my brain is fresh. I learn a new tune, work on something I haven't played before. As I am a Jazz player I usually read some chopin/mozart/bach etc.. to keep my reading up.

Then I move into a Jazz tune I'm learning. Looking at the harmony/comping. I like to play a single note in the LH and the 3rd and 7th in the RH of all tunes when I start to get the harmony into my head. At first with no tempo then with whole notes to start then other rhythms with I feel ready. Then look at the melody, scales choices, etc...playing the 3rd and 7th in the LH and play the melody in the RH. Then work on putting the scale choices over the 3rd and 7th in the LH.

This is what I do. Hope it helps smile

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Originally Posted by zrtf90
... every day play something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,


I haven't heard that used quite that way before, but I like it!


+1!


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What would be "something borrowed" in that context?

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Thanks for the responses.

For me, I think that getting a teacher for a few lessons might be best. Some of the things you all mentioned; I wouldn't even know where to start (like correct fingerings for scales, arpeggios, etc..).



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I would say just the opposite! Your hands need to be tightly controlled. Try my "Hanon in 60 seconds" at http://www.pianoworld.com/advertising/

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