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A Philosophical Approach to Jazz Piano

A Philosophical Approach to Jazz Piano

A Philosophical Approach to Jazz Piano

Jazz Piano is a subject of many authors and musicians each with their own subjective philosophy of what it means and how to approach it. Dan Bennett has published a new ebook with audio files to give his prospective on the subject. This review will give you an overview of what you can learn from his insightful dialog.

Setting the Stage

Dan uses a frank yet conversational style to make his points going deep, but keeping it understandable. You'll need a foundation knowledge of the piano and a keen interest in Jazz. 

One of the major points Dan makes is that in jazz you first need to get your knowledge and skills from the classical training of music. I second this as it wasn't until I had learned music theory in enough detail did the world of jazz open up for me.

What he wants to do is get away from the heavy handed way most books approach Jazz. In fact they are all about being at the piano for study, but in Dan's book he wants you to stay away from the piano because he's going to work with your mind and emotion first.

So this is the premise of his tome on Jazz Piano, and it's a good one because playing, improvising and sharing is more than knowing the music theory it's about emoting and that's why this is going to be a good read.

What's covered in the Philosophical Approach to Jazz Piano eBook

The ebook has 11 chapters. It starts with playing for a  purpose and works through the various aspects of feel, learning, mindset, listening and hearing, jazz chord qualities, playing thought process, note value, improvising from within, and then has a chapter on analysis of some sample improvisations before providing a final thoughts of the author.

Here are the Chapter titles:

  • Chapter 1 – Playing For a Purpose
  • Chapter 2 – Getting a Feel for the Jazz Medium
  • Chapter 3 – Learning Pieces Quickly
  • Chapter 4 – Transitioning Towards a Jazz Frame of Mind
  • Chapter 5 – Listening to Jazz, Not Hearing Jazz
  • Chapter 6 – Jazz Chords and Their Tonal Qualities
  • Chapter 7 – Thought Processes Whilst Playing
  • Chapter 8 – Note Value Awareness
  • Chapter 9 – The Art of Improvising From Within
  • Chapter 10 – Analyses of Sample Improvisations
  • Chapter 11 – Final Thoughts

This is a well rounded book on these subjects and it really tackles the essence of having a good mind set about playing.

Yes, you need to improve your theory and technical skills that is a given, but getting the mind wrapped around playing with purpose and emotion will set you up for the right success.

Thus the theme of the book is the philosophical approach to jazz piano. I've been headed down the trail myself and it is the mind set that I've been working on for some time now. I feel that this book is giving me more insight and helping me move forward in my musical journey.

I think you'll find it well worth your time and with this modest investment find some value at any stage of your development.

Music Theory Workshop is proud to be able to offer you this publication direct. Go ahead and order it today for instant download.

Note that it is a 60MB file and will take time to download. Also you will receive an email with a password for the PDF file as it's protected by the author.

A Philosophical Approach to Jazz Piano
A Philosophical Approach to Jazz Piano
Ebook and audio files - you will learn how to become a Purposeful Pianist, play from your inner self, develop your internal piano and understand some key jazz notions, most importantly, that of Note Value Awareness. Nearly 100 audio files to also begin an adventure through jazz by learning how to listen and not just hear, learn quickly the chord progressions, consider emotion for yourself and the listener. The next time you play after reading and implementing these concepts you will be able to play better than ever before.


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