Jazz exercise 2 oscar peterson
Oscar Peterson - Jazz Exercises, Minuets, Etudes & Pieces for Piano by Oscar PetersonPerhaps not since J.S. Bach has a maestro been as concerned with the well-being of his pupils as Oscar Peterson. Bless his insanely talented soul.
When I decided to take up the piano again after a ten year absence I came across a video of a five year old girl working her way through Jazz Exercise #3 from book #3 in this terrific series. I simply had to learn this piece, but it was way over my head a year ago. After a lot of really hard work I can play it now (more or less), along with few other pieces from this book which serves as a bridge into jazz for pianists unfamiliar with the genre.
I love this version of Exercise #3 and it better reflects my imperfect playing but also my deep desire to squeeze as much out of this wonderful little tune as I possibly can. I have a long way to go but at least I can say that I play jazz piano and keep a straight face.
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He was called the " Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington , but simply "O. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists,  and played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years. Peterson was born in Montreal, Quebec , to immigrants from the West Indies ; his father worked as a porter for Canadian Pacific Railway. It was in this predominantly black neighborhood that he encountered the jazz culture. His father, Daniel Peterson, an amateur trumpeter and pianist, was one of his first music teachers, and his sister Daisy taught him classical piano. But he was captivated by traditional jazz and boogie-woogie and learned several ragtime pieces. He was called "the Brown Bomber of the Boogie-Woogie".
Steve Nixon. Do you want to learn 2 unusual Oscar Peterson jazz exercises? When I sat down there was 1 guy that I studied that really made a drastic improvement of my playing. This guy was Oscar Peterson. I learned a TON about jazz improvisation from Oscar.
Oscar Peterson - Jazz Exercises, Minuets, Etudes & Pieces for Piano [Oscar Paperback: 72 pages; Publisher: Hal Leonard; 2 edition (October 1, ).
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Oscar Peterson was one of the jazz giants of the 20th Century, famed for his keyboard virtuosity. His pianistic talents were evident from an early age, and he studied with a Hungarian emigree teacher, Paul de Marky. His first jazz trio was formed in and by he had won his first of what was to become a series of awards for Best Jazz Pianist. However his recognition comes from the many associations he made with other great jazz artists of the era along with his prodigious performing career and legacy of over original tunes. You will need a confident touch to play this exercise well. Getting to grips with the swing feel is essential and your student should have a liking for the jazz style alongside perhaps some pride in being able to play with technical authority.