For those that have just completed their basic piano lessons and want to get to the next level, then learning to play the jazz piano should be their next step. In fact, learning jazz piano is a perfect way to further your music abilities and should be the ultimate goal of every piano player. It can actually open many doors for you. For instance, you can decide to start your own band or join any band that plays jazz music on the piano. All in all, just know that learning to play the jazz piano is a promising way to jump-start your music career and the opportunities that comes with it are just vast once you’re done. For beginners, here’s an easy way to start your jazz piano lessons:
Listen to a wide range of music
The first step towards becoming a great jazz pianist is to listen to a wide range of music. Just listen to any music that comes your way without discriminating the music genres. Besides, jazz originated from blues but draws it influences from all the other music genres. And by listening to them keenly, you stand a chance of being an excellent pianist.
Learn the 12 major scales
Assuming you’ve mastered all the basic piano 學鋼琴 lessons, you can now start to learn the 12 major scales. Even though there are 12 different sounding scales, in theory the F#/Gb, G#/Gb and B/Cb are generally considered separate. Once you’ve mastered all the 12 major scales, you can now proceed with the next step.
Learn the chord symbols
Though everyone has his or her own favourite chord-symbol-style, but you’ll still be required to master all the chord symbols. Go ahead and learn a ‘minor 7th chord (1-b3-5-b7)’, a major 7th chord(1-3-5-7), a dominant 7th (1-3-5-b7), a ‘diminished-chord (1-b3-b5-bb7)’ and lastly and a ‘half-diminished-chord (1-b3-b5-b7)’ of every key. For instance, to play C7 (the dominant 7th) you will have to play (C-E-G-Bb ), while for the diminished C you will play ‘(C-Eb-Gb-Bbb)’. Ensure that you’ve mastered all these chord symbols to an extend where you can actually play them without even thinking.
Get a song book and practise
Get a song book and practise playing your favourite song from the book. Use your right hand to play the melody while the left hand plays the appropriate chords by simply referring them from the song book. Use that song to practise until you can actually play it without reading.
Learn chord inversions
After you’ve perfectly mastered the chords, then go ahead and learn about their inversions. Learn how to play the four positions for each chord. For instance, play CM7 like ‘(B-C-E-G), (G-B-C-E), (E-G-B-C)’ and ‘(C-E-G-B)’.
You can now proceed by learning the pentatonic scale for your favourite key. You can even go a step further by adding some notes from your preferred key into a song that you’re comfortable playing. Remove some of the opening notes before replacing them with your own. At this point, you can go ahead and improvise by learning to play the blues scale for one particular key before mixing the two. Ensure that you’ve learned all the two scales for each key before you can proceed with the last step.