Paddy Milner is one of the world's leading blues piano players. Following years with the late great Jack Bruce, he's now the keyboard player for Sir Tom Jones. He has won Best Keyboard Player at the British Blues awards twice.
This first online course of jazz piano lessons is everything you need to get started improvising in Swing, Blues, Latin and Funk styles. It is aimed at players with some piano experience who wish to acquire the basic tools required to play and improvise in a jazz style and includes many unique features and resources to kick start your journey:
Welcome to the course! This first course is everything you need to get started improvising in Swing, Blues, Latin and Funk styles. It is aimed at players with some piano experience who wish to acquire the basic tools required to play and improvise in a jazz style and includes many unique features and resources to kick start your journey.
Tim Richards has been playing the blues since the 1980s and this online blues piano course draws on his experience touring and recording with UK and US legends such as Otis Grand, Earl Green, Dana Gillespie, Larry Garner, Joe Louis Walker and many many more. Tim composed all pieces in this course except where otherwise indicated.
Tim's been playing the blues since the 1980s and our improvising blues piano course draws on his experience touring and recording with UK and US legends such as Otis Grand, Earl Green, Dana Gillespie, Larry Garner, Joe Louis Walker and many more.
The course is for any intermediate pianist who wants to start playing the blues and improvising in the style. You don't need any knowledge of blues scales or harmony before starting the course, everything's included!
Tim composed all pieces in this blues piano course except where otherwise indicated. Many of the pieces and examples in this course are taken from Tim's best-selling book 'Improvising Blues Piano'. The book is not required to take the course but contains additional material and is the perfect book for your piano or music stand.
Paddy Milner is one of the world's leading blues piano players. Following years with the late great Jack Bruce, he's now the keyboard player for Sir Tom Jones and has won Best Keyboard Player at the British Blues awards multiple times. Learn more about Paddy Milner and his career on our blog.
Then, Paddy Milner gets inside the New Orleans blues piano style through classic repertoire like Tipitina, Junco Partner, and Somebody Changed the Lock. As well as teaching you style, Paddy provides plenty of encouragement for you to come up with your own ideas within the New Orleans idiom.
This New Orleans blues course is bursting with the spirit of the Crescent City, from insight into the origins and history of its unique music, to the secrets of its legends, and creative ideas for moving the music on. A must for anyone serious about New Orleans piano.
Do they really want to play jazz, thinks the piano teacher, or do they just mean they want to play something that sounds jazzy Do they really want to improvise, or do they just want to sound like they can Do they really mean they want to play the blues, or maybe they mean a kind of lounge style Is this a suggestion from an grandparent or uncle or girlfriend, or does this student have a real interest in the art form HAS THIS CHILD EVER HEARD REAL JAZZ!
Awarded the prestigious Music Industries Association Award in 2006 for Best Pop Publication, Tim Richards' Exploring Jazz Piano was the long-awaited follow-up to his acclaimed Improvising Blues Piano, also published by Schott. The overall level is somewhat higher, and would suit pianists of Grade 4 standard and above. The book comes in two volumes, comprising no less than 56 original pieces by the author, together with special arrangements of 24 standards ranging from Autumn Leaves and Summertime to Straight No Chaser and Coltrane's Impressions.The two volumes also contain over 800 musical examples, a veritable treasury of styles and techniques for the aspiring jazz pianist, and refers to the work of Erroll Garner, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, Hampton Hawes, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and many others.Each volume has audio files for download, containing between them performances of all 80 pieces, played by Tim alone or with his current trio of Dominic Howles (bass) and Matt Home (drums). Play-along tracks are also included, in which the piano is panned to one speaker, providing rhythm section accompaniment if desired by turning the amplifier's balance control. Copious examples of improvisation are accompanied by numerous assignments, with guidance to hand on every page.The package is beautifully illustrated with many full-page photographs of piano masters past and present, informative mini biographies and a comprehensive suggested listening section. The practical covered spiral binding protects the books as well as enabling them to lie flat on the music stand.Exploring Jazz Piano fills a vacuum in jazz piano instruction, its comprehensive syllabus taking the reader from first principles in Vol. 1 to professional level in Vol. 2. Any student of jazz piano, piano teacher, or performing musician dipping into either volume will be rewarded with a wealth of ideas and practical information to keep them occupied for many months, or to use as an ongoing resource in the years to come.Vol. 1 introduces the intermediate pianist to the basic chord-types used in jazz, from major and minor triads to seventh and ninth chords. Other topics include:Chord/scale relationships, modes, broken chord and scale patterns, pentatonic and blues scales, walking bass lines, Latin rhythms and bass lines, II - V - I sequences, horizontal and vertical improvisation, tritone substitution, two-handed voicings, rootless voicings, technical exercises and fingering, accompaniment styles, ear-training.28 pieces by the author appear alongside special arrangements of well-known jazz standards, including Autumn Leaves, Fly Me to the Moon, In a Sentimental Mood, Mannenberg, On Green Dolphin St (part 1), Ornithology, Song for My Father, Straight No Chaser and Take the A Train. Also included are transcribed solos by Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver, an invaluable source of authentic jazz techniques.EXPLORING JAZZ PIANO - Press Reviews\"The jazz process has been uncovered in the most comprehensive and welcoming way. Clear-cut, informative and easy to use, Tim Richards has given all comers to this music a way in - go and buy it.\" - Julian Joseph\"One of the most detailed studies of modern jazz piano I have come across... a very strong foundation [for a keen student] to build their own style and ideas.\" - Huw White (3rd year student on Royal Academy jazz course), JAZZ UK\"Meticulously researched, well-structured and stimulating... a tremendous teaching resource... demands to be in the library of every Music Department that teaches jazz.\" - Hugh Johns, TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT\"Exploring Jazz Piano provides the aspiring new-to-jazz or grade 4-level pianist (and above) with an exciting, comprehensive step into the world of jazz - highly recommended.\" - Alec Boulton, MUSIC TEACHER magazine\"I cannot praise it too highly... Vol. 1 and 2 together rank among the best instructional books that I have seen in the 21 years since Jazzwise started.\" - Charles Alexander, JAZZWISE Magazine\"Richards' approach is methodical, thorough and progressive. No shortage of useful information, much of it illuminated by the two well-played and well-produced CDs that accompany the books. Years of fruitful and fascinating study to be had, and plenty of good advice.\" - Mark Gilbert, JAZZ REVIEW 153554b96e