Martan Mann’s Links & Recommendations
Here are some of Martan’s favorite links and recommendations.
I recommend that piano players develop their singing “chops”. Seth Riggs, “Singing for the Stars” is the best method that I know.
Two top-of-the-line music notation software are Finale and Sibelius. Both have options for free versions and also less-expensive versions. These are all a great help in preparing your music.
Many of my courses use and recommend a fabulous computer music program, Band-in-a-box. You type in the chords and then can hear the music in fabulous style. Check out the demos on pgmusic.com.
I recommend that you check out any of Kenny Werner’s books, DVDs and CDs. He is a brilliant musician and teacher. kennywerner.com.
I recommend Hanon Exercises to develop jazz technique. However – play special attention to developing good tone and legato.
I also recommend the Beringer Technical Studies for piano technique development.
Use Slonimsky’s book to develop new modal approaches to jazz improvisation.
I love the Kaizen approach to learning . . . one-step-at-a-time. It works!
Jeffrey Chappell is a good friend and head of the jazz music department of Goucher College in Baltimore, MD and outstanding jazz and classical pianist. He has a new book which I highly recommend. Check out his website at: http://jeffreychappell.com.
If you need great internet promotional services, I recommend my friend, Michael Jaret at JaretMedia http://jaretmedia.com.
I use and enjoy this inexpensive and excellent video recording software, ScreenFlow.
Here’s a site that I recommend for ear training:
Easy Ear Training