Jazz Basics, exercises and more (for all levels) with Paul Cornish
So you are a classical pianist but want to delve into the world of jazz? Or maybe you just want to learn a few tips to enhance that Gershwin piece you are playing! Join us today as American Pianists Awards Finalist, Paul Cornish, is in the studio to give you basic exercises, ideas, and more to work on at home!
Listen To Paul play "Dolphin Dance" by Herbie Hancock!
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We are going to be using this thread to gather suggestions and questions!
- What questions do you have on this topic?
- Any particular area you would like me to focus on?
I play almost all classical, but my husband loves jazz! I find the tempos the most challenging - trying to figure out what it should sound like with all the rests, improvisation areas, etc. I have pieces by Diana Krall, Joe Sample, old standards (Eddie Heywood, Thelonious Monk, etc.) even blues! Gershwin is as close as I come. Hoping you can give some insight to someone who feels Chopin's rubato is a jazzy as I can do.
Paul's advice: Relax, take a deep breath...if you can hear it, you can sing it, if you can sing it, you can play it...Give yourself some grace in terms of muscle memory (in answer to a question about someone becoming impatient with slow progress with muscle memory)...a great teacher can foster students' development...helping them find their own voice(s)...
This was a very interesting and informative lesson and I am grateful, once again, that these lessons are archived!
It was quite enjoyable to hear Paul perform at the end, too!
Thank you, Paul! Thank you to all who asked excellent questions! Thank you, Dominic!