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Drills or Exercised for Jazz Piano? #2857492
06/11/19 11:17 AM
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Hey Folks, does anyone know of a source for finger exercises, something like Hanon or Czerny, but in the jazz idiom? I would like to find short drills in different scales and modes, pentonic, blues, dorian, etc, and in different keys. I've written a few of my own but it would be great to find something written by someone with a lot more expertise in jazz than I have.

I have also thought about grabbing a few licks from actual transcriptions and using those as the basis for exercises.

Thoughts?

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Re: Drills or Exercised for Jazz Piano? [Re: KenBakerMN] #2857504
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I humbly suggest the jazzhanon exercises in Joy of Improv, vol 1+2, published by Hal Leonard.

Re: Drills or Exercised for Jazz Piano? [Re: KenBakerMN] #2857507
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I often take the Hanon exercises, but just play them over a different scale. For instance, Hanon Exercise No. 1 in C major starts: "C E F G A G F E". If I want to practice the C blues scale, I would play: "C F Gb G Bb G Gb F" (I skip the 2nd step of the blues scale (Eb) , just like the 2nd step is skipped in C major (D)). I usually play the exercise with a swing rhythm.

There is also a book called "Jazz Hanon" which I have not tried. I like inventing my own exercises, because then I get to be a little bit creative with my practice.

Re: Drills or Exercised for Jazz Piano? [Re: KenBakerMN] #2857513
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Here are several books, including specific Hanon exercises for Blues and Boogie-Woogie at a pretty good price:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/254259222875


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Re: Drills or Exercised for Jazz Piano? [Re: Adam Malone] #2857666
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Originally Posted by Dfrankjazz
I humbly suggest the jazzhanon exercises in Joy of Improv, vol 1+2, published by Hal Leonard.
It looks great!

Originally Posted by Adam Malone
I often take the Hanon exercises, but just play them over a different scale. For instance, Hanon Exercise No. 1 in C major starts: "C E F G A G F E". If I want to practice the C blues scale, I would play: "C F Gb G Bb G Gb F" (I skip the 2nd step of the blues scale (Eb) , just like the 2nd step is skipped in C major (D)). I usually play the exercise with a swing rhythm.

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Specificity of jazz (without mentioning the swing feel) is in the areas of rhythmic - melodic shapes , articulation and chord voicings. All this is completely absent in traditional Hanon. For my part, I recommend Comprehensive Technique for Jazz Musicians by Bert Ligon.
https://www.amazon.com/Comprehensive-Technique-Jazz-Musicians-Instruments/dp/0634001760

Re: Drills or Exercised for Jazz Piano? [Re: KenBakerMN] #2857828
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Great ideas, folks. I'll check into those.

Re: Drills or Exercised for Jazz Piano? [Re: Dfrankjazz] #2861617
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Originally Posted by Dfrankjazz
I humbly suggest the jazzhanon exercises in Joy of Improv, vol 1+2, published by Hal Leonard.

+1
Cannot recommend these books highly enough.


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