Not all of the great jazz pianists are classically trained but those that are not lived in a time where there were many opportunities for on-the-job training. That being said I'd like to share my attempts playing jazz. I'm going to be 55 years old this year, and spent most of my years playing GB. Throughout that time I have had some great teachers and a lot of bad ones, I dropped out of Berklee, never really achieved a classical repertoire and don't have perfect or relative pitch (maybe I do but it is not developed.)
The one thing I do have is a little monkey on my shoulder edging me on to still try to become a better musician than I was yesterday. I finally gave up GB a few years ago and have had some opportunities to play jazz as well as concentrate on jazz. Over the time playing GB, I had to spend my time learning hundreds of transcriptions of every awful wedding song ever written as well as string, horn and keyboard parts from 30 years of popular music of Donna Summer, Men at Work, Abba, Michael Jackson, etc; a who's who of what most people continue to listen to.
There is no audition to blog about music at these sites, so without sharing your music; you can make everyone believe you you're one hot player. I hope sharing my music puts a sound behind any post I write.
My YouTube name is: p16251
If you decide to listen, please be gentle.
Edited by 36251 (07/04/11 12:15 AM)
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