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#1996606 - 12/08/12 09:28 PM Method book ideas for teaching Blues/Jazz to classically tra
indigo_dave Offline
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Method book ideas for teaching Blues/Jazz to classically trained ?

I'm trying to get my feet wet teaching piano (plan for semi-retirement).
Soooo...I'm supposed to make 2 month plan for teaching Blues and maybe Jazz to people who aren't beginners. I have, saved in my Wish List :

Jazz Theory Resources: Volume 1 by Bert Ligon (and)
Exploring Jazz Piano - Volume 1 by Tim Richards (and)
Improvising Blues Piano - by Tim Richards
and Mark Harrison's Blues Piano: Hal Leonard Keyboard Style Series

I know this isn't a jazz piano forum, but I figure there may possibly be someone with some knowledge. I did also post this on a jazz forum. Anyone know 'em all and have preferences ? Anyone have others they think are fantastic ? Any other ideas for teaching these styles ?



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#1996635 - 12/08/12 11:07 PM Re: Method book ideas for teaching Blues/Jazz to classically tra [Re: indigo_dave]
Minniemay Offline
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You might want to look at American Popular Piano. Might be a good way to start.
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#1996645 - 12/08/12 11:25 PM Re: Method book ideas for teaching Blues/Jazz to classically tra [Re: indigo_dave]
DanS Offline
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I've heard good things about Jim McNeely's Art of Comping workbook.
"In opera, there is always too much singing" -Debussy

#1996717 - 12/09/12 02:59 AM Re: Method book ideas for teaching Blues/Jazz to classically tra [Re: indigo_dave]
lechuan Offline
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If they have at least grade 3 classical piano level, I'd recommend the Tim Richards books. Start with the Improvising Blues book, then go into the exploring jazz piano books. Each section of these books has graded material from easier to more challenging, so depending on the level of the student, you may do the first part of each section, then revisit the book later for more challenging material when they're ready.

If starting from an earlier level, American Popular Piano looks like a very well thought out program (I haven't used it yet, thought I did buy most of the books). I would definitely take a look at the 'Skills' book in this series even of you're going to be primarily using another method.

By the way, what's your background in Jazz Piano?

Edited by lechuan (12/09/12 03:13 AM)


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