Transition from classical to jazz piano
For classical pianists wanting to transition to jazz or expand on their stylistic skills, lessons can be structured to translate your existing knowledge and skill into the new genre. Improvisation and jazz theory are specialist areas which inform our playing. Taking a progressive approach, learning jazz is a fulfilling artistic, personal or professional development.
Jazz piano for classical players
For those who do have experience in classical piano, jazz can seem unapproachable. However, there are refined teaching techniques that make the crossover an empowering expansion of your pianistic ability.
Some people seem to have a natural feel for jazz, but rest assured, when studied progressively in a structured way, it is not difficult to learn to play jazz with comfort, relax into a natural swing groove and feel confident in improvising.
Adapting the skills a student may have from classical training and applying them to jazz is a wonderful experience. There are tangible ways any pianist can learn skills such as improvisation. It is a different kind of discipline, but one which deepens a sense of musicality which will enrich playing in any genre.
Developing confidence in foreign genres is a key factor for students who already have some facility. A skilled teacher can create successive challenges which are always achievable. Much more conducive to healthy recreation than successive failing!
Teachers of classical music often enjoy the thorough teaching philosophy Jeremy uses. Expanding genre expertise is sometimes both a professional and personal development.
Some players turn to jazz when classical pedagogy has left them feeling creatively stifled. Jazz is an art form that not only champions imagination and personal expression, but can be adapted to a broad variety of learning styles.
Any pianistic technique which has been effective to perform classical music will work just fine for jazz. Although some historical figures haven’t represented this, the technique which you use to play jazz is most beneficial if it is similarly adaptable to classical music. Technical fluency must be attended to in playing and learning any genre.