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Calgary-based jazz pianist Tricia Edwards takes a handful of jazz standards and transforms them into a relaxing and playful set in her debut CD.
As I mentioned earlier, I recently presented to the Piano Pedagogy Group. The piano teachers in this group are currently working on their Grade 10 or their Piano Pedagogy certification through Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada or London College of Music . They are all classically trained (translation: improvisation, lead sheets and chord charts are scary). This is a list of the "How To" books that I use whenever I teach and play contemporary music (e.g. pop, rock, Latin, jazz, ragtime) that I shared with them:
|look inside||How To Play From A Fake Book By Blake Neely. For Guitar, Piano/Keyboard. Piano. Instructional. Instructional book. Standard notation and instructional text. 88 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.220019) (1) ...more info|
|look inside||Lead Lines and Chord Changes By Ann Collins. For Piano. Piano Collection; Piano Supplemental. Early Advanced; Late Intermediate. Book. 80 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing (AP.199)...more info|
|look inside||Volume 1 - How To Play Jazz & Improvise By Jamey Aebersold. For any C, Eb, Bb, bass instrument or voice. Play-Along series with accompaniment CD. Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long series. Beginner, intermediate. Book & CD. 104 pages. Published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz (JA.V01DS) (22) ...more info|
|look inside||Volume 3 - The II/V7/I Progression By Jamey Aebersold. For any C, Eb, Bb, bass instrument or voice. Play-Along series with accompaniment CD. Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long series. Beginner, intermediate. Book & CD. 100 pages. Published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz (JA.V03DS) (6) ...more info|
|look inside||Boogie Woogie for Beginners Arranged by Frank Paparelli. For Piano/Keyboard. Keyboard Instruction. 48 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.120517) (2) ...more info|
There are a few more in my "To Check Out" pile. I'll add them once I've had a chance to go through them a bit.
If you're looking for something musical to enjoy next month, come on out to my vocal coach Sherry Kennedy's CD release party. Deets as follows:
Sherry is a Calgary-based singer, recording artist and vocal coach. Album review to come - stay tuned!
Here's a video of Sherry Kennedy in performance:
This is more for the advanced students, music teachers and anyone who wants to learn jazz chords and scales. Instead of practicing your technical exercises by key, practice them by their shared root. For example, play through:
- C major Scale
- C major Modes
- C minor Scales (natural, harmonic, melodic, jazz minor)
- C minor Modes
- C Penatonic Scale
- C Blues Scale
- C Whole Tone Scale
- C Octatonic Scale
- C major tonic chord/triad
- C minor tonic chord/triad
- C7 (dominant 7th of F major)
- Cm7 (ii7 of B-flat major)
- Cm7(♭5) (viiø7 of D-flat major)
- Cdim7, A.K.A. B#dim (viio7 of D-flat/c# minor)
- and so on.
This was one of the first things I learned when I took jazz piano lessons with jazz pianist, clinician, adjudicator and examiner Derek Stoll.
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