How can a kid teach herself jazz piano?
February 22, 2006 12:47 AM Subscribe
A kid (12) knows classical piano and has a good teacher for that, but she also wants to learn jazz. Do you have suggestions?
posted by pracowity to media & arts (16 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not really looking for "Listen to lots of jazz" or "Improvise, baby, improvise!" Also, "Find a good jazz piano teacher" or "Join a jazz band" won't be all that easy for her to do here, not yet.
For now, I'm hoping for a more concrete self-teaching method. For instance, do you know some great songbooks for learning basic jazz piano techniques? Or a fantastic jazz piano text book? Anywhere we can download free jazz arrangements for piano? If you're a jazz pianist, how did you learn and what learning techniques and tricks can you recommend? (Also, she has just started drums, so maybe a little about jazz percussion, too, but secondarily.)