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Re: Want to start learning jazz piano
WeakLeftHand #2975488 05/05/20 11:20 PM
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Barry Harris method, it's all online for free. However, you'll need to be very diligent to decipher it.


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Re: Want to start learning jazz piano
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Originally Posted by rintincop
Barry Harris method, it's all online for free. However, you'll need to be very diligent to decipher it.

Thanks for the suggestion but I must admit, you kinda lost me at “you’ll need to be very diligent to decipher it”. That in itself seems like quite a task I’m not prepared to do right now, as I’m also learning classical piano and doing exams. I really need something structured and clear and “easy” to digest for now. I really think the Barry Harris method would be great for someone who is more advanced than my very beginner self.


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Re: Want to start learning jazz piano
WeakLeftHand #2975720 05/06/20 12:35 PM
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JazzPianoOnline has several free lessons on his site and on YouTube to get you started.



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Re: Want to start learning jazz piano
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Originally Posted by TomLC
JazzPianoOnline has several free lessons on his site and on YouTube to get you started.

Yes, thanks. I’ve taken a look at it already and will likely revisit it.


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Re: Want to start learning jazz piano
WeakLeftHand #2976279 05/07/20 03:33 PM
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Thanks WeakLeftHand for the question. I’ve been following along myself, & taking notes. Hehe. I’ve searched Piano World Forums for similar info and thought I’d provide a summary of what I’ve found.

First, I wanted to put in a plug for a YouTube guy I’ve been following for years. He has some super simple videos on jazz improv, 12 bar blues, pentatonic, and free playlists on Beginning Jazz, cocktail & stride. Below is a link to his playlists on YouTube. The vids often include links to PDFs.

Also, I know books are not coming very fast right now, but thought I’d share a couple others that have good reviews on PW. One that has lots of threads on PW and someone even uploaded screen shots of the first chapter is Tim Richard’s Improvising the Blues. After looking at blues books, it’s easy see how learning this leads into the more difficult jazz pieces I hope to work on.

Improvising the Blues book is the beginner level that leads into his Jazz Piano books 1 & 2. The cool thing about his books is each chapter starts easy then get progressively harder. So you can start at chapter 1 if it gets too hard, skip to chapter 2. I just got this book this week, and super easy to jump into. It starts with 3 triads, and sticks with just a few scales and triads for the whole first chapter. (Includes CD). Lots of vids of his stuff on YouTube also.

Also, Beginning Blues Keyboard by Tricia Woods. Make sure you get the BEGINNING book.(includes CD) I haven’t started it yet, but it looks fun.

Hope this helps.

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Tim Richards Improvising the Blues
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Tricia Woods Beginning Blues Keyboard
https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Blues-Keyboard-Method-Beginning/dp/0882849387

Just FYI: Barnes and Noble was even slower than Amazon. If you buy from a seller instead of “Amazon fulfilled,” it’s faster.


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Re: Want to start learning jazz piano
WeakLeftHand #2976301 05/07/20 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by WeakLeftHand
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I will need to learn the 12 major scales first - I only know a couple right now. Then, I will watch the Five Essential 7th Chords that you linked, and then go from there.

Others may differ (may pile on, for that matter), but I'd recommend telling your classical teacher that you're a glutton for punishment, and really want to learn your scales (and arpeggios). It's pretty much dry as dust, but if you want to play jazz, you've pretty much got to know them.

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Originally Posted by Oddsox
Thanks WeakLeftHand for the question. I’ve been following along myself, & taking notes. Hehe. I’ve searched Piano World Forums for similar info and thought I’d provide a summary of what I’ve found.

First, I wanted to put in a plug for a YouTube guy I’ve been following for years. He has some super simple videos on jazz improv, 12 bar blues, pentatonic, and free playlists on Beginning Jazz, cocktail & stride. Below is a link to his playlists on YouTube. The vids often include links to PDFs.

Also, I know books are not coming very fast right now, but thought I’d share a couple others that have good reviews on PW. One that has lots of threads on PW and someone even uploaded screen shots of the first chapter is Tim Richard’s Improvising the Blues. After looking at blues books, it’s easy see how learning this leads into the more difficult jazz pieces I hope to work on.

Improvising the Blues book is the beginner level that leads into his Jazz Piano books 1 & 2. The cool thing about his books is each chapter starts easy then get progressively harder. So you can start at chapter 1 if it gets too hard, skip to chapter 2. I just got this book this week, and super easy to jump into. It starts with 3 triads, and sticks with just a few scales and triads for the whole first chapter. (Includes CD). Lots of vids of his stuff on YouTube also.

Also, Beginning Blues Keyboard by Tricia Woods. Make sure you get the BEGINNING book.(includes CD) I haven’t started it yet, but it looks fun.

Hope this helps.

Bill Hilton. - until the books arrive smile
https://www.youtube.com/user/billhiltonbiz

Tim Richards Improvising the Blues
https://www.halleonard.com/product/49003248/improvising-blues-piano

Tricia Woods Beginning Blues Keyboard
https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Blues-Keyboard-Method-Beginning/dp/0882849387

Just FYI: Barnes and Noble was even slower than Amazon. If you buy from a seller instead of “Amazon fulfilled,” it’s faster.

Oddsox, thanks for your comments. I actually already purchased Tim Richards Improvising the Blues and Exploring Jazz Piano Book 1. I bought it over a month ago and it has STILL not shipped yet. I actually cancelled my initial Amazon purchase of the same books because it was taking so long, not knowing that the place where I next bought it from is taking just as long. Anyway, I hope they arrive soon.

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I already do scales with my teacher, but we follow the RCM curriculum and honestly, I don't want to mix the classical and jazz stuff. I get confused easily so I would like to keep the 2 endeavours separate. With the RCM curriculum, I've only got to play the major C, G and F scales, along with the minor natural and harmonic A, E and D scales. I'm only in grade 1.

For learning jazz, I will switch off my classical mind and switch on my jazz mind to learn the scales required for jazz. I know this sounds quirky to people but that's how my mind works. It doesn't like to comingle related things. LOL.

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Re: Want to start learning jazz piano
WeakLeftHand #2976311 05/07/20 04:49 PM
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A great free resource - one of my teachers has a website with a lot of free downloads and a great youtube channel. A fantastic player and teacher:
kenthewitt.com

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Originally Posted by EP
A great free resource - one of my teachers has a website with a lot of free downloads and a great youtube channel. A fantastic player and teacher:
kenthewitt.com

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll take a look!


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Re: Want to start learning jazz piano
WeakLeftHand #2977120 05/09/20 05:32 PM
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WeakLeftHand- UGH still No books, that sucks. I understand some days I play a little easy Bach others its easy Basie. Hehe SO sorry the books are still MIA. Here are some other videos to check out while you wait.

I can second EP’s Kent Hewitt. He has a number of free vids to get ya started. I like “Easy Improvisation Exercise, the II, V I Progression” Link below

https://youtu.be/wsDMOgLjCXA

Also Dave Frank has good stuff. He’s on Piano World too, so you can ask him questions. I haven’t gone through it all yet, but started watching and bookmarked his Beginning Jazz Improvisation playlist.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0F8L9qb4dTsHHrJK9u56gjRRBuCbGBtt

I’ve been playing for years, but keep moving and starting over so I’d say I’m an advanced beginner. Hehe Let me know how you like Richard’s Jazz Piano I book.


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