A large majority of pianists who wish to venture into the world of jazz piano are confronted by a mountain of exercise books, each one demanding some hefty work at the piano for a number of weeks. From then, you will learn a lot of technical things in terms of chords, scales, modes, and the like. All these things are absolutely necessary for the aspiring jazz pianist.
However, what they do not discuss are the philosophical points of playing jazz piano.
- What do you think about when improvising?
- How do you know which notes provide which emotions when played against which chord types, etc?
- How do you internalize chord progressions in songs to more rapidly expand your repertoire?
Such ideas and many more are discussed at length in Daniel Bennett’s, unique ebook, “A Philosophical Approach to Jazz Piano.” This eBook also contains a number of excellent jazz piano playing advice.
Rather than reading at the piano with perhaps an accompanying CD, his strongly recommends that it be read away from the piano. Such as a nice quiet place or your favorite comfortable chair!
It will help you develop from inside out, become aware of your internal piano, and encourage you to see the piano keys as numbers rather than lettered notes. It will help you become the most important kind of pianist “The Purposeful Pianist.”
Despite the eBook’s very low price, all 38,000 words over 200+ pages and almost 100 audio files will provide you with the perfect mindset to become the best jazz pianist you can be. Learning the Philosophical side of the piano is far better than just knowing scales and chords that you learn from reading those exercise-based books.