Hear It, Sing It, PLAY IT! The Secret To Learning Jazz Piano
What you’ll learn
You’ll learn and understand the basic skill set that the best players use to learn to play Piano.
You’ll grasp how to connect your ear to the piano, in order to play what YOU hear, not just learn by rote.
You’ll gain a concrete set of terms, and insight into how to understand the keyboard in a geographical sense, like a city you can explore, by feel.
You’ll learn about the incredible importance of keeping good time, and how to do just that!
You will understand that there are TWO melodies to every song, and between them they make a whole tune. This will also SHOW you the harmony, rather that having to read it off a jazz “chart.”.
You’ll learn a simple song as a model for how you learn all songs, at their simplest core level, so you can actually hear and play and improvise with them, rather than learning a static, higher sounding level by rote. Static meaning you can only play it the same way every time.
You’ll master simple, clear shortcuts to improvisation, which, by the way, are the way you really improvise.
You will have fun and be able to show off at parties and get dates 🙂
You’ll start to master the ability to express who you are through the medium of Jazz Piano.
This course is an introduction to learning how to REALLY play piano. It uses jazz as an example, but can apply to any style of music you want to learn. Music can help you in your daily life. No, it can’t solve everything, but it can connect you with something bigger than yourself, and offer refuge and connection in yourself, and for others when you ultimately play for and with them. Yes, it takes some discipline, but even a minute a day is a start. This course presents information in a clear and simple way. It doesn’t teach you “pieces” that you learn like typing. It teaches you how to connect your ear to the piano, and ultimately, play whatever you feel and hear inside. And the piano is so fun, like a giant box of color paints that never runs out, so you are learning a skill that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life.
We will look at such things as keyboard geography (the keyboard is like a city you visit, and learn to walk around!), the importance of good time and how to keep it (it’s learning a rhythmic dance!) by tapping your foot, how songs are made of two melodies, how a good song teaches you its own harmony (no paper no nothing needed!) how to play what you hear, not hear what you play. We look at how to connect your singing voice to what you play on the piano (I don’t care WHAT your 3rd grade teacher said about your musical ability, all humans are musical!!), with the ultimate goal of having fun, expressing your own musical soul and playing for yourself and if you want, for and with other people.
It’s also really cool to note that a recent study based out of Harvard Medical School shows that “Music has the unique ability to go through alternative channels and connect different sections of the brain.” Musicians have an “enhanced ability to integrate sensory information from hearing, touch, and sight.” and “the ability to improvise improved brain connectivity resulting in less dependence on working memory.” In other words, Music wires you up to better see the world. It’s like having a magical ability. And, it’s never to late to learn.
Who this course is for:
- This course is geared towards humans, and will benefit students of all levels.
- People looking for connection, and refuge, and joy.
- Students who have never played piano
- Students who perhaps played as children but stopped.
- Classical players who want to add jazz and improvisation to their repertoire.
- People who have a desire to learn piano from the ground up.
- More advanced players who feel stuck in their craft.
- Anyone who wants to connect what they hear, and their voice, to what they actually play on the piano.
- Introduction To This Course
- The Way To Really Play Jazz Piano
- Canned Treat – Because All Work And No Play…
- Watching And Playing Versions
- Yes You Get Another Song
- Finishing Touches
- Extras Just Because