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#22356 - 08/01/04 07:30 PM Jazz method
Christine/Pelirroja Offline
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I teach an 11 year old boy who is fairly talented with the Keyboard side of things (he plays in a band, is quite interested in learning chords, creates his own songs, etc.) But, He reads horribly (bass clef is actually AWFUL!). He plays at about a 3A-3B level by ear (if I play it first, he can play the song after), but reads at early 2A level. We're working on reading (well at least I am :-) ). But, I think I may get better results and renewed motivation by beginning to teach him some jazz improv--which he loves to do.--He loves jazz music with heavy syncopation as well. Is there a really good jazz method, or series of jazz books we could use to keep him motivated (starting from pretty basic stuff) that you would recommend? Could I work these into PA2B lesson/Technique Books? (We've done Showtime/Chordtime Jazz Books, but I'm looking for a little more of the theory, and creative side of Jazz). Thanks, Christine

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#22357 - 08/02/04 06:33 AM Re: Jazz method
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Check into anything by Bill Boyd. He has several collections as well as a method called "Think Jazz" I believe. Also, Christopher Norton has several Microjazz collections at various levels of difficulty. My students have enjoyed his work.

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#22358 - 08/02/04 06:34 AM Re: Jazz method
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Oh, I almost forgot, Lee Evans has a whole jazz method too with many additional collections.

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#22359 - 08/02/04 08:56 AM Re: Jazz method
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and Martha Mier's "Jazz, Blues, & Rags" books are great. Levels 1 to 6 (?) I think. Doesn't include theory, but has a wealth of well-written pieces with good variety.

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#22360 - 08/02/04 11:47 AM Re: Jazz method
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I love "ABRSM JAZZ PIANO". Recordings of "real live" jazz musicians playing standards and more, with a 5 level method book/CD and teacher's guide. Excellent!

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#22361 - 08/03/04 10:09 AM Re: Jazz method
pianoc Offline
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I thought Martha Meier's set only had 3 levels. Are there really 3 more?

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#22362 - 08/03/04 10:10 AM Re: Jazz method
Lilla Offline
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Nope. I checked last night. Wish it was 6! We have a piece from Level 4 in this year's Festival list. Fun!

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Originally posted by pianoc:
I thought Martha Meier's set only had 3 levels. Are there really 3 more?


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#22363 - 08/03/04 11:12 AM Re: Jazz method
pianoannie Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by pianoc:
I thought Martha Meier's set only had 3 levels. Are there really 3 more?


There are 4 levels in the Jazz, Rags, & Blues solo books (I happened to play through book 4 this morning to see if I wanted to use it for a particular student), and 3 or 4 levels written as duets.

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#22364 - 08/03/04 03:51 PM Re: Jazz method
Christine/Pelirroja Offline
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Thanks for all the replies, I'll be heading to the Music Store soon (have to pay my bill :)) and I'll check them out to see which will fit best for us.

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