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I’m just now putting the finishing touches on a new course called: HymnSkills: Developing Hymn Improvisation. This course is intended to help church pianists develop the skills necessary to improvise on hymns. We will be announcing the publishing date soon.
Here’s a nice comment from one of my Australian JazzSkills for Piano subscribers:
“Hi Martan ! Thank you for your course and video lessons. They have been extremely useful to me. I now use your approach when playing. At the moment I’m playing each week in the State Library centre in Adelaide (South Australia) and it is certainly giving me new musical freedom.”
Have a great day . . .
JazzThought of the Day:
“The Secret Of Creative Playing Is Not What You Are Playing, It’s What You Are Hearing”
For More Jazz Thought Quotes by Martan, visit JazzThought.com.
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Check out the newly redesigned JazzSkills for Piano, my extensive online jazz piano course.
My new site is JazzThought.com. This is a great discussion blog where you can ask me questions on jazz, music and improv.
This site grew out of over 80 JazzThoughts
that I have placed on Twitter and Facebook and many questions that friends and students have asked me over the years.. You can also view the JazzThoughts
there and ask questions about them.
I hope you will visit this site often and participate with your comments. I’m looking forward to conversing with you.
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My private teaching schedule is going ahead full-force at home in Boulder Creek, at West Valley Music and Hope Street Music Studios in Mt. View! Contact me for a free interview. My personal students (who take at least two lessons a month) will receive free access to JazzSkills for Piano.
Hope Street Music Studios is at a spanking new location in Mt. View at 2224 Old Middlefield Way, Suite E. I teach there on Tuesdays.
Mountain View, CA 94043
West Valley Music Store
262 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
I’m also teaching lessons by Skype. If you are interested, click here.
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(Also visit: JazzThought.com for more blog posts and jazz quotes.)
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