Playing the piano is one of the most relaxing, fulfilling and exciting things you can do as a music lover. If you’re already a piano player, I am sure that you couldn’t agree more with this statement.
However, according to Forbes, people’s taste and preferences and even personalities change, and with that change, comes the duty to learn new skills. This is the same thing that happens when you want to switch from playing a classical piano to jazz.
In this article, we will try to enlighten you with some of the things you need to learn when transitioning from classical to jazz piano. Don’t worry. We will make it as simple as possible. That way, you don’t have to worry about information overload. Let’s start!
Understand The Difference
You couldn’t transition well if at first, you don’t know the difference between classical piano and jazz piano. The style ingrained in jazz piano is more relaxed, free-style and detached from any strict format. Classical piano is the total opposite. It is defined by a script you strictly need to abide by. In classical music, it’s even certain that all of the music notes and format you need to learn are already written out for you.
Listen to More Jazz
The first part of learning how to play jazz piano is to still follow a strict sheet or chord chart, but ultimately, the only way to do it is by learning through practice and observation. In this stage, you should listen to all the jazz music you can find, so you can get the feel of how a jazz piano actually sounds like.
Learn About Jazz Theory
There are concepts in jazz piano that you may also like to explore when transitioning from classical to jazz. It’s only through learning such concepts that you may be able to compose your own arrangements. A deeper understanding of how a jazz tune operates would make it easy for you to get the harmony of a jazz piece good enough to compose your own jazz piece.
It’s important always to have a lot of time you can allocate to listening to jazz piano arrangements when transitioning. You should also learn some of the commonly used jazz chord progressions. You can easily search all of them on Youtube, and learn them on your own at your own pace.
Learn Jazz Vocabulary
When transitioning from classical to jazz, you may have a lot of terms and keywords that you should remember. One good way to also increase your knowledge in jazz piano is to study the different jazz licks. The patterns you can see in these jazz pieces would be the equivalent of learning the different sentences and words in any new language.
Exercise By Playing on Jazz Songs
According to a study, we constantly learn and improve our skills by exercising our brain muscles. This is no different in transitioning from classical to jazz music. Exercising your skills by playing jazz songs would be the central key to your complete transition to jazz. What’s the point of learning all the cool voicings, licks and stylings in jazz theory when you’re not able to actually use them on actual jazz songs?
If you”re still not comfortable playing actual jazz songs, you may want to just practice on some short jazz tunes as a sort of springboard of where you want to go. Don’t worry. The internet is filled with all sorts of creative solutions for any type of problem you have. In this case, Youtube is your friend.
Go to Youtube and watch all the jazz piano videos that you can find. Try to imitate how the experts do it. Don’t push yourself too far, though. Start small. Learn to play short tunes first, before going for the complicated ones.
Summary and Conclusion
In the article above, you learned that learning new skills in playing jazz piano won’t be that hard if you have the right guide, and the guide we wrote might be the right one you need.
You’re also reminded by the article above that it’s always fun and fulfilling to learn new skills. This is probably because, according to Huffpost, it is only through learning new skills that we can learn how to find creative solutions to all our problems, including problems involving music.