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Offline smeden12

playing jazz
« on: July 31, 2020, 07:47:00 PM »
Hi, all tips on how to learn/begin to play jazz... in an easy way
Hope you all are well in this coronatime...

Offline Toril S

Re: playing jazz
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2020, 10:35:22 PM »
Start with a melody you know well. Then improvise while playing it, add some extra notes. Listen to how that sounds. Listen to jazz music that you like, hear how the chords and the melody line blend into each other. Jazz is not easy, but a fun challange. And there are so many different types of jazz music!
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Offline mikf

Re: playing jazz
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2020, 08:35:25 AM »
Not sure by what you mean by ‘in an easy way’, or even your current  competence level. Jazz is not for beginners and as Toril says, jazz is not one single playing style.
There is one fundamental you need before you can really even start - you need to be a very good ear player. If you develop that, or already are there, then you should already fairly naturally be trying some simple improv.  Then you listen to other players and copy some of what they do, and build your knowledge of jazz harmony and extended and altered chords There are also courses available on the internet.
And in all honesty, this forum is not the place. Players with real jazz skill occasionally pop up here, but are a rarity.

Offline Lesh

Re: playing jazz
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2020, 08:59:27 AM »

Try searching on You Tube for Ainee Nolte, you’ll find some excellent Jazz Tutorials and I believe she has a website as well although I have not check it out.


Offline emasters

Re: playing jazz
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2020, 05:22:19 PM »
Listen to a lot of jazz -- all different styles.  You have to "hear it" in your head, before you can play it with your fingers.  This is particularly true with improvisation, which is at the heart of jazz.  If you can't hear what you intent to play, then what you play is by definition, an accident.  If you hear things you like listening to jazz, take the time to transcribe the line -- that is, play what you are hearing in the recording, on the instrument.  Experiment with the line.  Pay attention to phrasing, making each line you transcribe sound musical when you play it.  Over time, this will help build your jazz vocabulary.  No shortcuts - it takes time, lot's of time.  Find some helpful YouTube videos with tips and ideas.  And MasterClass has a few Jazz greats sharing their thoughts on improvisation and playing.  You definitely want to get a copy of "The Real Book" (Amazon sells it).  Get the "Key of C" version.  Find a recording of a Jazz song you like in the Real Book, and learn it by memory.  Practice playing the melody with your right hand and bass notes with your left.  Then practice playing the melody with your right hand, then the chords with your left (chord voicings in Jazz take time to learn and explore).  Then practice improvising over the chord progression - small motifs and phrases to start, then expand on those ideas.  After you get a few songs down from the real book. find a (COVID safe) bass player or guitar player to work with on the songs.  Best to find folks at the same level, so you can learn to play and listen as a group.  And did I mention listen to a lot of Jazz.  It takes time, patience and effort - read the book "Mastery" by George Leonard, substituting Jazz for martial arts (it's the same learning process your brain goes through).  Perhaps there's an accomplished Jazz improvisation teacher in your area?

Just a few ideas from someone who has worked on playing Jazz for 45 years and still learning and playing every day.  Enjoy the journey....
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