Piano eBooks

TESTIMONIALS for A Philosophical Approach to Jazz Piano (4, more welcome)
TESTIMONIALS for A Philosophical Approach to Playing the Piano (waiting!)

I have written two books, the names of which are available above in the links to their associated Facebook pages.

Below, I provide the introductory text for each book along with a simple, safe purchase button.  Feel free to ask questions via this blog or the FB page itself for either book!


A Philosophical Approach to Jazz Piano

Are you a student wishing to enter the world of jazz piano without being overwhelmed?  Are you a classical piano teacher who is having to learn some jazz 'stuff' in order to keep ahead of your eager students?  This eBook will be your saviour; it's detailed enough to explain the theory without confusing you, with audio files to assist, and is casual enough to not be a sweating chore at the piano.  Rather, it is to be read away from the piano.  The philosophical approach is what makes this book different to any other book on jazz which always discuss the theory only, rather than educating you on how to play from the inside, out (in other words, from your emotional centre).

Over my years as a jazz pianist in various hotels and restaurants and as a tutor for various students of all levels and backgrounds, many things have come to my attention which I have not found in any book on jazz so, with all these things in mind, I decided to get them out and share them with the world; with any and all aspiring jazz pianists.

In a nutshell, the book is based on the principle of a 'Purposeful Pianist' meaning that, although you may well know lots of songs, scales and chords, that is not enough to actually play jazz well.  You may have good finger dexterity and be a strong sight-reader, but that is not enough to actually play jazz well.  The Purposeful Pianist knows what s/he is playing, why, when and how.  S/he knows how to capture the 'emotional centre' of the listener and himself; s/he knows how to recognise patterns and never get lost in an improvisation.

Please also note that there is no 'score' example available for the audio files.  The reason for this is that jazz is about listening and playing by feel, not by reading.  Also, I do not want you to sit at the piano when you read this, and having a score will encourage you to do so.

Internalise what is written, feel and imagine it on your internal piano (as discussed at length in the book) and be surprised with the results.  There are enough jazz books out there with scores in them but my book is completely different; that's why I wrote it.

The book contains 210 pages (depending on your reader) covering over 10 chapters and has nearly 100 audio samples to accompany the text and show what I am talking about when referring to the piano keys.  It urges you to become aware of your 'internal piano' and teaches how to learn jazz tunes and their chord progressions in seemingly impossible time.

The chapter titles are are follows:

Chapter 1 – Playing For a Purpose
Chapter 2 – Getting a Feel for the Jazz Medium
Chapter 3 – Learning Pieces Quickly

Chapter 4 – Transitioning Towards a Jazz Frame of Mind

Chapter 5 – Listening to Jazz, Not Hearing Jazz

Chapter 6 – Jazz Chords and Their Tonal Qualities

Chapter 7 – Thought Processes Whilst Playin
Chapter 8 – Note Value Awareness
Chapter 9 – The Art of Improvising From Withi
Chapter 10 – Analyses of Sample Improvisations
Chapter 11 – Final Thoughts

Thank you sincerely for your interest!



A Philosophical Approach to Playing the Piano 

As a new piano student or progressing beginner, you are confronted by a myriad of learning options in the form of books, DVDs, YouTube videos and all the different approaches and personalities of private teachers.  This can be overwhelming and in some way have a negative effect on your piano education.  It is recommended to study one method fully before moving on to the next, much in the same way as it is to fully exhaust a private teacher until you feel that no more can be garnered from them for your particular needs.  In this way, you receive a diverse education but never confuse methods, tips, advice or recommended repertoire.

By extension, it can be said that there is not one absolute Golden Rule to playing the piano since everybody learns differently and has a different idea of what ‘good’ means in terms of being a musician.  What we thus get is a pool, of pianists in our case, all thinking that their method of learning was best and/or that their pianism is more ‘correct’ than others.

This is a tragic situation.

As you progress through this book, as well as the accompanying videos online if you wish, do not compare my philosophical approach to, mix it with, learn it alongside, rave about or stick only to over all others.  Some people will detest my philosophy, others (as has been proved almost daily since I started the videos online in both the jazz and piano beginner spheres) will adore it and connect wholeheartedly.  I trust you to be the latter!

My method comes from my own studies of Liszt, his students’ diaries, private letters, literature written by people who met him all but once and, of course, my own experiences, realisations and discoveries as a pianist over almost two decades.  It is honest, personal and, to my mind, very, very unique for the simple reason that, if I may just this once compare with other pianistic options, it is written from one human with positive intentions to another, You, rather than one company and multiple authors, to a buyer, You, a mere number on a monthly sales sheet with no emotional connection, interest in progress or desire to interact whatsoever.

Each chapter title, plus the three main focus points under each, has been targeted for your progressive benefit.  Simply by looking at the titles, you may have come to realise that I do not focus only on theory or the fingers but quite significantly on the mind or mental approaches.

This is what makes studying with me quite unique; not only will you learn the same knowledge which is available online (and for which reason I do not discuss it excessively, instead passingly pointing it out in the hope that you will go to much richer resources far beyond the scope of this book to expand your theoretical knowledge), you will primarily develop confidence, be encouraged and truly believe in You as a pianist without technical boundaries or physical limitations and as a result, become an exceptional, Purposeful Pianist… in ten lessons.

In ten lessons?  Unfortunately, despite the lessons/chapters being 30-60 minutes in length, this does not mean, by any means whatsoever, that you will become a pianist in ten, hour-long lessons.  What this means is that you will become a pianist in ten lessons as long as you spend at least 1-2 weeks practising, to a very fluent level, everything I discuss, recommend or do, and complement this with your own reading of musical theory using software, other videos online or purchasing exercise books.

What I offer is a philosophical approach, a way to develop your mind and remove any doubt; a promise that, as long as you subscribe to the principle that the repetition of a positive ideal results only in its manifestation, you will succeed.  This is not a spiritual, hippy-like approach; far from it.  It is a fact understood and applied by the greatest minds, including great pianists, since the earliest possible times.

The chapter titles are as follows:

Chapter 1 – Becoming an Excellent Adult Learner
Chapter 2 – Getting Your Bearings 
Chapter 3 – Ways of Playing Notes
Chapter 4 – Signatures and Circles
Chapter 5 – Chordially Yours
Chapter 6 – Putting It All Together
Chapter 7 – Memorising Songs Quickly
Chapter 8 – Playing the Blues
Chapter 9 – Lessons from Liszt
Chapter 10 – Going Further

I have no testimonials yet, but they will be posted as I receive them.

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Thank you for reading and good luck!