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#1138946 - 02/28/05 09:10 PM What songs should I learn? (R&B, Blues, Jazz, etc)
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Registered: 12/14/04
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Loc: BC, Canada
I've been playing the piano by sight reading and practice, practice, practice since I was about 5 (I'm now 21). My Grandma was a music teacher, so I did mostly the classics until about 5 years ago (I got up to level 8 Royal Conservatory, only examed up to level 5), when we started to do some pop stuff. I've got a good blues song I like, and I want to learn some new stuff, but I don't know what.

I find that a lot of the blues / boogie woogie stuff is in fake books, etc. and not actual sheet music. I'm looking for some good blues or jazz or boogie woogie or similar that is in sheet music form - that isn't in some crazy time with horrible timings, as if it was taken from a recording rather than from an original piece of sheet music. Any suggestions?

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#1138947 - 03/01/05 08:51 AM Re: What songs should I learn? (R&B, Blues, Jazz, etc)
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I guess you could try ragtime. Everything is written out and the rhythm is pretty straight forward, althought I'm curious as to what you consider horrible timings.

Since you seem to have a lot of experience playing, you should start learning to read from a fake book.
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#1138948 - 03/01/05 12:53 PM Re: What songs should I learn? (R&B, Blues, Jazz, etc)
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Originally posted by Spin Doctor:
I guess you could try ragtime. Everything is written out and the rhythm is pretty straight forward, althought I'm curious as to what you consider horrible timings.

Since you seem to have a lot of experience playing, you should start learning to read from a fake book. [/b]
I've tried ragtime, and well, it sounds like a honky tonk piece played in saloons in the wild west. I've not got anything against that, but that isn't the type of music I'm looking to learn at the moment.

My "horrible timings" comment was, upon reflection, simply me venting my frustration at some of the more challenging timings I have found (for example, I recently got Fats Domino's Blueberry Hill, and have real trouble getting the timing right). I think I'm just a little rusty and been too long without a piano teacher (my Grandma, my one and only piano teacher, passed away in 2002). Getting the timing right has always been one of my biggest challenges, and so when faced with a 'non-natural' (compared to what I'm used to) set of rhyhm and timing, it just gets frustrating. Basically I don't want to go through all that hard work and finally get the timing right, only to find I'm not crazy about the piece.

As for playing from a fake book, that seems like 'cheating' to me. (Plus I never really learned my chords, so I'd have to learn them)Guess I've been brought up in the classical world. That been said, any good fake books in the categories I listed in my first post out there you people would recommend? And any good sites to learn my chords again?

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