Jazz Piano eBook


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 Within the .zip file, you will find the eBook as a PDF, the audio files in their own folders as well as a .txt file with the password for unzipping.  WinRAR is recommended (and free).

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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 Playing
Chapter 8 – Note Value Awareness
Chapter 9 – The Art of Improvising From Within
Chapter 10 – Analyses of Sample Improvisations
Chapter 11 – Final Thoughts

 
Thank you sincerely for your interest!