10 Reasons Why You Are Struggling With Jazz Piano And Improvisation.
WARNING THIS IS WHAT YOU'LL NEVER HEAR IN A STANDARD MUSIC SCHOOL
1. You Are Thinking Too Much About Theory.
In a solo or improvisation do you think there is enough time in the "heat of the moment" to remember the names of Greek Scales! This approach is the number one reason why most people fail at Jazz Piano.
2. You Are Conditioned To Play Music Only From A Score.From those school days and piano lessons you had when you were a kid, you had to play everything that was written on the music, and if you "changed" even a note, you would probably be faced failing your piano exam.Now think for a second what such an approach would to your overall approach to playing music! The reason why you are struggling with Jazz Piano is because you have not removed this conditioning in your thinking, and that's not your fault!! You need a new start to playing music, and the first step is to put the sheet music in draw.
3. You Are Scared Of Making Mistakes.
We live in a culture that is terrified of failure. What happens if I play the wrong note? You'd be surprised. The world will keep spinning! You need to be in a non judgmental environment, starting with YOURSELF, where you can try and experiment new things on the piano you didn't think were possible. Are you going to make some strange sounds in the process, sure! But does that really matter so much. No. Not as much as you think! You need time and space to shape your musical sound and vision, and you can't do that if you are always judging yourself!
4 You Are Copying Too Many Solos.
Whilst it's so important to have your influences and favorite players, this notion that just copying transcripts of their solos will make you a great jazz musicians, is one of the biggest myths in music education. It's like saying, learning a Mozart Concerto will make you compose like Mozart. If you want to build your own great solos, you need to put the pen and paper away, and get back on your instrument. Learning to listen to yourself and your own musical sound is the key. Keith Jarrett, didn't become Keith Jarrett by writing out Bill Evans solos, and John Coltrane never spend a day of his life trying to sound like Charlie Parker and Charlie Parker would get the original song, change the melody completely and pretend it was his song all along. See the pattern here!
5. 90 Percent Mindset - 10 Percent Notes.
One of the most valuable lessons to learn from African Music whom is the Grandfather of the Jazz, Blues and Folk Music in General is the Relationship the musician has with music. Today, we think a musician is someone with good chops, who can play fast or knows lots of scales, and can copy lots of covers. The roots of Jazz, African Music and Folk Music from All Over this Planet has a binding common ground.
Music is an expression of who you are. In African folklore it's also a sign of status, the drummer leading the procession is notthe best musician in the the village. He is leading the music for other reasons, because of his wisdom age or status.
Many musicians have lost their own connection with the spirit behind the music. By relearning how to tell your story through the music, and applying who you are, to what it is you play will enable you to Let Go!
Jazz is about liberation and so is the art of improvisation. By not being scared of being yourself, and letting GO and just playing the chords, the notes, the scales in regards to your preferences and experience, you will improve much faster and unleash a gust of creative energy! Sure you need tools, you need scales. But they are the seeds, only your mindset can harvest them and you need to be in the right environment to bring that about.
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Learn the traditional jazz way and jam on two pianos with your teacher.
Learn how to read chord charts, transpose and create tasty harmonies to the music and make your own arrangements and compositions.
The ABRSM Jazz Piano syllabus is enjoyable as well as magnificent contemporary training in jazz piano, compiled by leading British Jazz educators.
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Are You A Classical Pianist Or Music Teacher?
If you are a Classical Pianist or Music Teacher, Jazz Piano will give you a new lease of life. Not only on your students, but yourself. Classical Pianists often think Jazz Improvisation is Beyond Their Abilities.
But you have a big advantage. You already have lots of technique, good reading skills, good theory. The Fundamentals are there, and just by making simple changes to your thinking and mindset you can transform the way you make music.
Fact: Jazz Piano is the Classical Piano of the 20th Century.