[Smt-talk] OT -beginning jazz piano

David Claman davidclaman at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 2 05:50:19 PST 2009

I'm off topic as usual but expect that the collective knowledge of the list members will be helpful.

I have a student who wants to learn a little about jazz piano. What I think would be appropriate would be a book (or website?) that has an explanation of chord symbols and chord voicings, but also has a few tunes transcribed/notated. She is a foreign student with little knowledge of jazz but is a good reader. I think the notated examples would give her some satisfaction before she delves into complexities of chord voicings and substutions and improvisation. The level of the material should be introductory.

Please let me know of your recommendations.

Thank you,
David Claman
Lehman College CUNY


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