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#3129919 06/21/21 08:01 AM
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Is it ok to learn to play the piano from a classical outlook even if your main goal is to play jazz - blues? When i first started to learn piano i have used method books like piano adventure, although i have learnt music theory and to read music from sheet i think i have not yet learnt to play with the right technique and articulation with my fingers , I want to go back to the very basics of learning piano and i am not sure if this matters at the beginning stages , i do feel there is more choice with classical with learning beginner piano methods to improved my technique, I do like some classical pieces but my heart is with jazz and blues and I only really want to learn the piano and using classical to improve my playing with technique, I only really want to learn just enough or lets say the minimum amount and then move on to a jazz course . so is this the best way to go about learning the piano or am i going about this wrong ?

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When students come to me wanting to learn to play jazz I require that they be able to read notation in g clef (at least) and play all 12 major scales.

Doing a lot of listening to your preferred genre also will help dramatically with feel/sound/articulation.

If you have these prerequisites you can start learning the basic seventh chords used in jazz. I have a free lesson on this here:

https://www.jazzpianoonline.com/courses/five-essential-7th-chords

This will allow you to start to read lead sheets from the Real Book (https://amzn.to/3cYRkpS) playing chords in the left hand and the melody in the right hand.

Let me know if you have more questions.


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Hi

If you search this forum you'll find a lot of similar threads with answers to the same sort question you are asking.

My view as an amateur is that some classical training will do you no harm. Learning which fingerings to use for scales and arpeggios, and other aspects of classical training are all good for your future Jazz playing. However it will only help you up to a point; and won't teach you the blues scale, the modes that are commonly used in Jazz and a whole host of other aspects of Jazz playing.

As Bill (a pro) has stated above, learning to understand chords is very important. You won't get that in classical lessons unless you study theory as well. Learning the common forms so you instinctively know when a change is coming is very important as well. Start with the 12 bar blues. 3 chords and one scale. I've been playing that (amongst many other things) for over 40 years and I love the blues to this day. "3 chords and the truth" - a U2 song I think.

Again as per Bill, listen listen listen. If you listen to what you want to play and play what you listen to the music will to some degree just come magically out of your fingers. But this takes a lot of hours, if not years!

Hope that's of some help.

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Some of the greatest Jazz players were classically trained, I'm thinking of Oscar Peterson and Nina Simone e.g., so it will do you no harm 🙂.


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