Jazz Band Prep | Jazz Rock Piano | Improvisation
There is NOTHING LIKE being able to
master the exciting, intense and driving rhythms of Rock n' Roll. The expression in Rock, whether it be
a ballad or a belting and fast unstoppable song, is always intense.. It can take some practice time to master the Rock
Style. Some people think it is worth the time...I know I do.
Many students who come to learn rock and roll styles are also interested in Jazz.
For sure they are related. The basis of Rock and Jazz Styles is the
Blues. Teaching the Blues (as well as playing the Blues) is an Art. That is because
everyone approaches the understanding of Blues Basics differently. The goal is to be able to feel and play the music, authentically.
The same process that it takes to learn "the Blues" is
found and experienced as building blocks for Jazz.
There are many rhythm patterns associated with the Blues. For instance, the "Shuffle"
Rhythm. The Shuffle can be slow...or very fast. On top of the Shuffle Rhythm,
done with the left hand, the Blues Scale is usually played in the right. Improvising with the Blues Scale is the first step in improvising whether it be in Rock n' Roll or Jazz. Blues is indeed
the basis of most Jazz, and Rock and Roll...after Blues is mastered, the styles increase in complexity always building on
The same process that it
takes to learn "the Blues" is found and experienced as building blocks for Jazz. This process includes learning improvisational
scales, Jazz harmony, and classic songs (Standards). Learning to improvise on, harmonize and arrange Standards
are some of the building blocks while learning Jazz Styles.
Rock n' Roll Rhythms of Today....performed by ColdPlay, The Frey and Timbaland/One Republic for example, are
all based on Blues and Rock n' Roll influences of the 50's, 60's and 70's.
Rock has its influences that went way before it
in Gospel, and Church Styles. Those chordal styles are always useful and can be heard in songs like "Lean
On Me" by Bill Withers, or Leon Russell's "Song for You". Sometimes
today in church we can be treated to that inspiring Gospel outpouring of the choir
spirit along with driving rhythms of some church bands which can bring an audience to tears of joy, and humility...Rock has
its origins here.
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