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Keyboard                 The ideal is to practice on an acoustic piano, as the sound and action will always be superior to an electronic keyboard.
Recording facility: this will enable you to record, say, the song’s bass line, so that you can practice over it.
Resist the temptation to only play in the easy keys, as you will soon be encountering certain standards in ‘difficult’ keys.
I – VI – II – V                        This common turnaround often appears at the end of a tune to lead you back to the start. 2          Listen to recordings         In my work as a vocal coach I’m often dismayed by singers replicating Sinatra’s version of I’ve Got You Under My Skin, or Eva Cassidy’s interpretation of Over The Rainbow. When researching a song, I suggest you start with a relatively ‘straight’ version rather than an interpretation.
Understandably, most of my jazz piano students want to improvise; their prime aim is to solo creatively. When comping, the spotlight is on the soloist, and it is our job as accompanist to both support them and make them sound good.
Although this provides a clear indication of downbeats, it provides no melodic or rhythmic support to the melody. The next illustration meets both these requirements by placing the melody note at the top of chords and tracing its rhythmic pattern. Of course, one can be far freer and more interactive with the soloist, but this is relative to how much or little support they require. I have to confess that there was a time when I sometimes had issues with the phrase ‘jazz singer.’ This was because I often found myself accompanying singers who were more cabaret than jazz, but performed standards in a ‘jazzy’ fashion simply by dragging the beat.
So this article is not a disguised tirade against singers but rather an indication of how I help learning jazz pianists to work with them. In an ideal world the singer possesses a sound knowledge of music, has equal status with other band members and is considered to be a musician whose instrument happens to be the voice.
The reality is that some vocalists have a minimal grasp of music for practical purposes but are expected to act as the bandleader: stating the keys, tempo and arrangement to band members. Over the years I have advised vocalists as to their role and duties within a band situation.
Test this section with your singer by transposing the section down until the vocalist feels comfortable. Double-check this new key by locating the section with the lowest note and ensuring the song is still in a singable range. Many female singers choose to stay within their lower range when singing jazz, but I always encourage vocalists to explore the upper register. The final soloist (particularly the drummer) should hand over to the singer with precision, rather than with a wild flurry of notes (or beats). In the end it is the combination of preparation and effective communication that makes for a good musical relationship between the pianist and singer. A moment after writing the title of this article, up popped an image of John Lee Hooker smiling and shaking his head.
In my last article I bypassed the fruitless attempt to define jazz and will do likewise with the blues, but we can still amuse ourselves by googling it.
I’d argue that it’s not necessarily melancholic and we’ll discuss the form later in this article. When a potential student asks to be taught to play blues piano I have to admit to a rather grouchy response. I see my job as preparing students for a variety of blues tunes that they are likely to encounter at a gig.


A blues sequence can take on a number of guises, varying in time signature, length and chord structure. The next example is a more ‘jazz’ version of this sequence, where, at bars 9 and 10, the V and IV chords are replaced with II – V. I should point out that when I describe the above sequences as ‘basic’ I’m referring to the amount of chords rather than suggesting that they are in any way inferior or easier to perform. This is by no means an exhaustive list of blues variations but, hopefully, demonstrates that there is more to the blues than 12 bars and 3 chords. I’ve been asked to bundle all 20 playing jazz piano online video lessons into a discounted 20-pack. Jazz piano lesson 16 of my online video course, Learn Jazz Piano, is all about tritone substitution. The tritone, also known as the devil’s interval, is the key to unlocking a new and more advanced way of soloing. Besides the 30 minute video, I provide you with 4 downloadable backing tracks, sheet music and a quiz. I’m now in the process of preparing lesson 15 of my video course Learn Jazz Piano Online. The problem arises when we consider the most important harmony notes within a chord: the two notes that identify it.
If the right hand is taking most of the load, then the left at least needs to be integrated, serving a musical function. The first section of this chapter considers how the left hand can make a meaningful contribution, rather than just marking out the time. Because the bebop dominant scale is paired with a dominant 7 chord, our starting scale is the Mixolydian mode. Once again, we will be adding an extra, chromatic passing note, but this time between steps 7 and the root of the Mixolydian mode.
In this book I take the lead sheets from some well know jazz standards and  illustrate routes through the chord charts that will take your jazz solos to a whole new level. Instead, it might move to another II – V.   Use fig 85, below, to practice switching through a series of random II – V’s. Some musicians get by without being able to read a note of music, but I would not have stayed in regular work over the years without this skill. However, my 40 years as a pro keyboard player has taught me that being given the opportunity to solo comes as a bonus.
I have since come to work with some wonderful singers that are every bit as skillful as any jazz instrumentalist. This situation often stems from the singer being required to front the band as a focal point.
Incidentally, if you have any doubts about Bennett’s credentials as a jazz singer, listen to the two albums he made with Bill Evans. Whether the song comes to a dead stop or slows down, it is again the singer’s responsibility to convey their intention to the band.
As this is an article rather than a book, I’ll just be focusing on varying blues structures rather than chord choices, scales, licks etc.
In the 40’s the Bebop players took this to its logical conclusion, giving the sequence a complete makeover.
This 15th lesson of Learn Jazz Piano Online will be all about chord voicing, particularly how to voice left hand rootless chords. No longer can your rely on the blues scale, because this sequence is packed full of II-Vs that twist and turn through an array of key centres.


Because we have been using shells in our left hand, this sometimes creates a rather bare sound when we play just the melody note in the right hand.
Once again, look out for the dominant seventh chords, for it’s here that we can include the altered notes. Unfortunately, most solos consist of a line of single notes in the right hand, supported by chords in the left. In the following example, each target note is approached from a whole step above and then a half step below. This can be achieved In a variety of ways, but your aim is to ‘surround’ the note from each side before striking it. A more realistic expectation for a pianist is that we will spend most of our working lives accompanying soloists and singers, in other words, comping.
At one end of the spectrum, if the soloist has limited experience, they may require plenty of rhythmic and melodic help.
Your role, therefore, is to follow the singer until the song falls into tempo (or falls apart!) on beat 1 of the chorus.
To indicate an approaching tag (extended ending), the singer might revolve a finger clockwise.
Blues is a feeling, something you have to live.” I tried explaining that I’m a jazz piano teacher and that teaching the blues is part of my job but the image faded. But for teaching purposes I find it unhelpful to separate them into two distinct compartments.
In other words, rather than pointing to their tonics (1) these dominant 7s stand in their own right. It not only leaves more room for the bass player; these voicings will also inspire your right hand to play far more interesting solos. Playing these chords will achieve two things: the bass player will have more space and your own solos will sounds so much better. Remember that it’s the dominant seventh chord that provides all the potential tension. In lesson 10 we are starting to solo more vertically, and, once again, the dominant sevenths give us the opportunity to deviate from the parent scale.
Once we are walking 3s we are then able to use the diminished chords contained within the dominant seventh (3+5+7) and then play another minor 3rd interval above the 7.
Therefore, unless a student has no ambition or desire to play with other musicians or jazz singers, comping is an art that has to be learnt. Once again, it should be the singer’s responsibility to ‘bring the band in,’ but the leader or drummer can help out here. If we have to take a stab at separating them, it could be said that, say, Muddy Waters is in the blues camp. If they are playing or singing a melody, then the melody, or at least its outline, may need to be stated clearly. But as soon as we try attaching a ‘jazz only’ label to jazz musicians it becomes nigh impossible to assert that their music has no connection with the blues. There is, perhaps, less of a blues influence in the playing of Bill Evans than, say, Oscar Peterson. It could also be said that some European jazz has evolved through influences other than the blues.



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