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Learn Jazz Piano: IV. Final Topics & Two Programmed Concerts

Explore advanced blues sequences, ballads, special devices and comping. Incorporate Latin and funk influences into your style.

Learn Jazz Piano: IV. Final Topics & Two Programmed Concerts

Combine everything you’ve learned with the final course in the Jazz Piano series

This online course follows on from Learn Jazz Piano: III. Solo Piano and Advanced Topics.

In this final part of the Jazz Piano series, you’ll combine everything you’ve learned up to now, whilst adding some cool new skills to your musical repertoire.

You’ll look at advanced blues sequences, ballads, special devices, comping and various influences on jazz - including Latin jazz and jazz funk.

You’ll end triumphantly with two programmed concerts, a solo concert and a concert from My Piano Trio.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsHi, welcome to Part IV of my course Learn Jazz Piano. This part’s called ”Final Topics & 2 Programmed Concerts”. In this part we going to meet another 20 tunes, bringing our total to something like 50, most of which are jam session vehicles. In the two final concerts, I’m going to also play for you and give the music for an additional 20 (25) tunes bringing the total to 75. The topics that we’re going to cover - we’re going to have a look at 4 advanced blues sequences and the conventions involved in playing ballads - slow tunes.

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 secondsThen we’re going to have a look at Latin jazz, on the one hand Afro-Cuban influences, and on the other hand Brazilian influences and bossa noves.Then the related area of 8/8 or even quavers. Then we’re going to have a look at other influences that affected jazz - “crossover” as it’s sometimes called - so Jazz Funk, Third Steam, Indo-Jazz, Free Jazz and Improvised Music. Then we’re going to look at our fourth route to improvisation, which I call “special devices”. That’s going to be followed by how you support the soloist, how you play behind the soloist - or “comping” as it’s called.

Skip to 1 minute and 22 secondsThen the final teaching sesion is called “Putting It Together” and we look at a whole welter of topics that are related to being a jazz musician. In particular - pianistic influences, non-pianistic influences, musical resources generally, playalongs in particular, how to practice, how to learn standards by heart, transcription, composition, group formation, recording, gig getting - a welter of topics. Then we move to the final 2 concerts. First of all, we have a look at issues involved in putting together a concert. That’s followed by a 40 minute solo concert in which I play 10 tunes - 3 standards - oh 7 standards and 3 originals.

Skip to 2 minutes and 6 secondsThen a 90 minute concert by my trio of Ben Taylor on bass and Lee Miller on drums, when we play 16 tunes - 6 originals and 10 standards. Then there are some optional sections in this part of the course - one on a quick tour of this recording studio, another one on my keyboard setup, another one tracking some of my personal involvement in jazz and a very final one where we have a brief meet up with Ben and Lee. So we’ll finish this with a few excerpts from sections later on in the course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Additional blues sequences and ballads in jazz including the jazz standards “Body And Soul”, “Round Midnight” and “Blue In Green”
  • Claves, Afro-Cuban tunes, Bossa Novas, Montunos, even quavers and the jazz standards “A Night In Tunisia”, “Recordame”, “Blue Bossa” and “The Girl From Ipanema”
  • Intoduction to jazz funk and the jazz standards “Little Sunflower” and “Cantaloupe Island” and the other jazz influences third stream, free jazz and improvised music
  • Special devices and comping and the jazz standards “Beautiful Love” and “My Romance”
  • Putting it all together
  • 40 minute solo piano concert by Ray d’Inverno
  • 90 minute concert from the “Ray d’Inverno Trio”

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
    This course started 3 December 2018

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Develop your understanding of blues sequences and playing ballads
  • Explore the jazz influences of Latin jazz, jazz funk, third stream, free jazz and improvised music
  • Investigate the fourth route to improvising of special devices
  • Apply your knowledge of chords to comping behind soloists
  • Investigate the topics of pianistic and non-pianistic influences, musical resources including playalongs, how to learn standards by heart, how to practice, transcription, composition, group formation, recording and gig getting
  • Perform many of the 75 tunes we meet in the course
  • Reflect on your experiences of listening to the final solo and piano trio concerts and describe how you might integrate some of the ideas you identify into your own playing

Who is the course for?

This course would suit any interested pianist, but may be of particular interest to university or college piano students studying music.

Who will you learn with?

Ray d'Inverno

I have been a jazz pianist and educator for over fifty years and have developed this online course on learning jazz piano.

Who developed the course?

Part of the University of London, Goldsmiths has a world-class reputation. Study creative and inspiring courses and learn from leading minds in the arts, humanities, social sciences and computing.

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