Start improvising jazz piano
This online course follows the course Learn Jazz Piano: I. Begin with the Blues from Goldsmiths, University of London. It’s ideal if you can already play the piano and scales, and have a basic ability to read music.
You will learn more about the blues and jazz standards, and explore the nature of improvisation in more depth.
You will learn the basics by watching an overhead video of the keyboard, so you can try for yourself at home and you will also be able to play along to pre-recorded bass and drum tracks.
What topics will you cover?
- Rhythm changes and the jazz standard “I Got Rhythm”
- Minor blues sequences and the examples “Equinox” and “Mr PC”
- Modal Jazz and the important example “So What”
- The nature of improvisation in modern jazz
- The Clock of Keys and its application to “All The Things You Are”
- Playing left hand voicings and its application to “Autumn Leaves”
When would you like to start?
Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.
Who is the course for?
This course is ideal for any interested pianist, but may be of particular interest to university or college piano students studying music.
We recommend you complete the previous course Learn Jazz Piano: I. Begin with the Blues before you begin this one.
Who developed the course?
Goldsmiths, University of London
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