If I can play 'streets of London' really easily, what else might I like??

(9 Posts)
TelephoneTree Sun 27-Jul-14 21:49:07

I need more music but I can only play in a certain style!

poorincashrichinlove Sun 27-Jul-14 21:52:29

Leaving on a jet plane

ladysoandso Sun 27-Jul-14 21:54:12

Just google 'songs with 3 chords' - there are millions.

TelephoneTree Sun 27-Jul-14 23:06:24

actually tat's a brilliant idea - thank you. If I get the chord sequences I can make it all up!

Ferguson Tue 29-Jul-14 21:30:41

Do you mean on guitar? or Keyboard?

Why not learn to read a bit of music (it's really NOT that hard!) then you can have a wider range to choose from.

TelephoneTree Tue 29-Jul-14 22:22:07

piano. Believe it or not I used to be borderline grade 7/8. I can read music but I prefer just jamming around old tunes and jazzing them up. But my brain is happier with a certain rhythm...

Ferguson Wed 30-Jul-14 14:37:16

Only just looked back.

Later on I will send you some links to improvising and jazz sites. To 'jam' properly you need a bit of chord theory; you probably know some, but I'll try and find some sites for it.

Good luck!

Ferguson Fri 01-Aug-14 15:05:55

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

www.freejazzlessons.com/jazz-standards-you-should-learn-part-1/

www.freejazzlessons.com/jazz-standards-you-should-learn-part-2/

The Jamey Aebersold series of tutor books with CDs are THE definitive way of learning about jazz, harmony, improvising, styles, etc.

sendmemusic.com/jazz.html?cat=56

sendmemusic.com/jazz.html?cat=56&instrument=16

Now relax a bit, with some of my favourite music!

This is one of Count Basie's most famous recordings. It is slow enough for you to play along with; note the sparse piano figures and 'fills'; the four guitar arpeggios (and odd one out); and the way the saxes move, particularly the baritone:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMibKxQWRnw

Thirty or forty years ago I was not so keen on Ahmad Jamal, considering him too 'cocktail', but now I love him:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU1hm7KlfT8

There are, of course, many great jazz pianists - Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Teddy Wilson, Andre Previn (yes, he started in jazz and film music), Errol Garner, Dave Brubeck, but I'll leave you to investigate those if you want to.

The late Michel Petrucciani is lesser know, but has amazing technique. 'So What' is a modal theme from Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue':

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJngXnWtVnI

His version of 'Caravan' is amazing:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=06_uCl_Bovs

Another Michel I like is Michel Camilo, who crosses over to Classical music, having composed a piano concerto, and was at the Proms a few years go:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLdKObM2OJ8

This is the finale of his Concerto:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxmvVUuTVTY

Have fun!

TelephoneTree Sun 03-Aug-14 22:28:58

OMG this is brilliant - thank you!
I'm away from my piano for a couple of weeks but will try when I get back. Thank you!

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