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November 2017 Public Happenings

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Martan Mann

(Most of these gigs are in the San Francisco, San Jose & Monterey Bay Area)

Hi All.

It’s definitely Fall.  I feel a chill in the air.  Looking forward to lots of fun gigs this November and December.  I love to play for your Holiday Parties!  Book Now.

Featured Gig:  Great News!  Starting Friday, November 3, I am playing every Friday at the elegant Cetrella in Los Altos; playing with the cooking Robin Anderson Big Band;  playing the solo piano night at the swinging Angelicas;  playing solo at Merrill Gardens; at the stately San Jose Country Club.  I also play for the Sunday Service at at Westhope Presbyterian Church in Saratoga.  Come here often to check out newly added gigs.  (See the listings below for more information.)

We have updated and revamped the JazzSkills for Piano website. Check it out.  We are now offering a brand new introductory offer.

For you church pianists out there . . . . I just finished my new course, HymnSkills:  Developing Hymn Improvisation.

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JazzSkills for Piano is now here!!!

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Here’s some exciting new news regarding my new online jazz piano improv course, “JazzSkills for Piano (Getting from Here to There).   This is an intensive, deep, serious course in developing the skills necessary to play jazz piano.  It’s the subconscious which does the playing . . . you have the FUN.  This is your time to get started!

JazzSkills for Piano:

  • Over 200 lesson videos
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • The Private Lesson Blog
  • JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step (stand alone lessons)
  • Skype
  • Webinars
  • Lots of text and much more.

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JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step

Martan Mann has created single stand-alone intensive lessons for the jazz pianist.  These lessons are available for separate sale for $30 (to view for three months).

These are my latest standalone lessons from JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step.

Just Released:

  1. “Learning Giant Steps for the Jazz Pianist”
  2. “Modal Improv for the Jazz Pianist”
  3. “Learning Stride Blues for the Jazz Pianist”
  4. “Pachelbel Improv”
  5. “Learning Boogie Woogie”
  6. “Preparing to Play in All Keys”
  7. “Preparing to Learn a Tune”
  8. “HymnSkills: Developing Hymn Improvisation (Latest Release)”

This series of lessons give step-by-step instruction in analyzing and developing specific tunes and styles.  This solves mysteries.  This gives answers Now!  You can choose your tune and/or style to develop it fully and creatively.  New Step-by-Step Lessons will be added often.  Visit his website:  Musicmann.com to join his mailing list to stay current on the release of new lessons.

These lessons are fairly advanced and assume that you already have basic skills as a jazz pianist.  If you need to work on your jazz skills . . . consider enrolling in Martan’s intensive online jazz piano course JazzSkills for Piano.  This course will definitely take you “From Here to There”.  Visit JazzSkills for Piano to receive Four Free Videos.

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Recording and Rehearsals for Vocalists

I want to remind vocalists that I can provide rehearsal and recording services. I have a beautiful Yamaha C7 and excellent recording equipment. It’s quick and easy to record a demo or complete CD. CD artwork is also available.

I can also create Band in a Box charts and recordings which sound like a real band. You’ll be amazed!!!  TURN OFF THE MUSIC AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.

The above is an audio file, “You’d be so nice to come home to”. It has my live piano playing mixed with the BIAB file. The first and third chorus is a backup for the vocalist. The second chorus is a sax solo. BIAB can put the song into any key, style, soloing instrument, tempo, etc.

Call me at (408) 234-2364 for more information. Or, send an email to martan@musicmann.com.

“I love to back vocalists!”

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What is this thing called love?

This is from a live concert at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center with Michael Strunk, drums, Dan Robbins, bass and me on piano.  (TURN OFF THE MUSIC AT THE TOP OF THIS SITE.)

 

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(Also visit:  JazzThought.com for more blog posts and jazz quotes.)

Six Steps To Independence From The Groove

I think we all know the “groove” when we experience it.  It’s the emotional pulse that we feel when listening to music.  In playing jazz, rock or pop music, it’s very important to first set up a strong groove.  However, once you start playing the melody, it is equally important to be independent from the groove.  In other words, the vocalist or instrumental soloist is literally playing over the groove.

The problem for pianists (and also guitarists) is that they are often playing both the groove and the solo.  It’s an important element of style that both groove and soloing should be distinctly different.  For instance, think of a pianist or guitarist playing a groove while also talking freely to the audience.  It takes a lot of practice and experience to develop this freedom. Continue reading

Music Language

This is a blog post article by Martan Mann
Author of JazzSkills for Piano®
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We have often been told that “music is the universal language”. Another way to look at this is to consider music as a direct language of emotion. It is an instant access into the subconscious of the listener. It is powerful!

I’m not an expert on brain functions, but I’m fairly sure that the same center of the brain that allows to speak, converse, create and conceive is the same “language center” which allows us to improvise and compose music. If that is true, we can directly improve our ability to improvise by learning music the same as we learn other languages.

I have some exercises which will develop your music-language skills.

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Time is not a click.

This is a blog post article by Martan Mann
Author of JazzSkills for Piano®
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Music is not about perfection.  It is about feeling.  Jazz, in particular is about groove.  It is groove which gives jazz it’s identity, it’s purpose, it’s joy.  You know groove when you hear it.  You know what it feels like.  The main issue is . . . how to develop a great groove in your playing?

I’m pretty sure that ALL great players practice to a metronome.  Practicing to a metronome develops an internal “click” in the player’s subconscious.  However the click is only a reference point.  If you have recorded your music, you, and all the players on the recording, have probably listened to a “click track” while recording.  All the players have the same reference point of time.

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