Tag: practice

  • Practice: On Green Dolphin Street and Lush Life (learning by ear)

    Here are two short piano practices I did in the last couple of days. The first one I am practicing the jazz standard On Green Dolphin Street, and in the second one I am working on learning the Billy Strayhorn tune Lush Life by ear. I have listened to Lush Life a lot of times, […]

  • Piano Practice – Joy Spring

    I did another short piano practice on the jazz song Joy Spring by Clifford Brown. It’s more like a warm up really. Click here to listen to my short practice on the Clifford Brown tune Joy Spring.

  • Joy Spring and On Green Dolphin Street piano practice

    I did about a 45 minute practice on the tunes Joy Spring and On Green Dolphin Street. I have been practicing quite a bit lately and it seems my fingers are in pretty good shape (but my technique could always be better). In the last part of the practice I mainly worked on getting a […]

  • Joy Spring – another practice

    I did another practice, for about 50 minutes, on the tune Joy Spring by Clifford Brown. I’m mainly trying to work on the technique of my right hand. This melody has a lot of notes and runs in different keys, and is almost like some kind of classical “study” piece. I have also noticed that […]

  • I Got Rhythm jazz piano practice

    I practiced for about 25 minutes on the jazz standard I Got Rhythm by George Gershwin. I haven’t worked on this tune much before, and it’s a commonly played tune at jam sessions so I thought I’d learn it a bit more. Click here to listen to my practice of I Got Rhythm.

  • Piano Practice recording – jazz standard Joy Spring, Autumn Leaves, and technique

    I practiced the piano for about an hour today, in two different sessions. The first session was about 20 minutes. I am working on getting my technique flowing again and learning the jazz standard Joy Spring by Clifford Brown. I also did a bit of improvised accompaniment to myself singing Autumn Leaves. Click here to […]

  • Practice recordings – Tune Up by Miles Davis and Triste by Antonio Carlos Jobim

    A couple more practice recordings to share: Tune Up by Miles Davis, practice no. 4 First time reading through the tune Triste by Antonio Carlos Jobim (about a 10 minute practice, before I had listened to the original recording) Here is one of the original recordings of Triste (click here to view on Imeem) or […]

  • Miles Davis “Tune Up” – Practice #2

    I practiced for about 45 minutes on learning the song “Tune Up” by Miles Davis. This is my second practice learning the song and I seem to have got it pretty much in my head. One part that I am finding tricky is soloing over the first 2-5-1 progression (Emi7, A7, DMaj7). I am not […]

  • New Jazz Piano Practice – Tune Up by Miles Davis

    I did about a 45 minute practice tonight, learning the tune “Tune Up” by Miles Davis. It is a deceptively simple tune that seems like it will be great to solo over once I really learn it. I finished the practice by playing some scales. Finally I am getting some of the strength back in […]

  • Learning how to sing – first steps

    I decided that I want to learn how to sing! I was flipping through my jazz Real Book (which contains lead sheets for many popular jazz standards) and came across the tune “I Got it Bad and That Ain’t Good” by Duke Ellington. I remember that my late grandmother, who I love very much, said […]