Jazz/Contemporary piano lessons/classes in Bangsar, Hartamas Heights, Damansara Heights, Mon't Kiara, Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC), Sri Hartamas, Desa Sri Hartamas, Bandar Utama, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI), Petaling Jaya (P.J.), KLCC and Kuala Lumpur (K.L.) in Malaysia by experienced Jazz/Contemporary piano instructor/teacher/pianist.
How to Play Jazz Piano?
Playing jazz piano is very enjoyable because one gets to play a jazz piece/song in his or her own style. To learn jazz piano, one needs to learn how to play jazz piano improvisation, jazz scales piano (I.e. Blues scales, Dorian scales, natural minor scales), jazz piano voicings, jazz and contemporary piano theory/harmony and Ear Training/Jazz Aural. Besides learning jazz piano, students would also learn how to play blues piano and other jazz piano or contemporary piano playing styles.
Jazz and contemporary music harmony/theory is very different from the Classical music theory (I.e. ABRSM music theory) that Classical musicians studied. In this jazz and contemporary music harmony/theory course, students learn about the different music modes and their characteristic (I.e. Lydian scale, Mixolydian scale), the available chord tensions for example, V7(b9, #9, #11) for different chords, Sus4 chords, Reharmonization, chord substitution and modal interchange.
Utilizing this jazz and contemporary harmony/theory knowledge, a jazz musician understands how to make a chord sound ‘jazzy’ by adding different chord tensions. They know how to make a song sound ‘Bluesy’ by using Blues scales and Blues characteristic notes in their playing. A jazz musician would normally reharmonize the chords given on the lead sheet or real book according to their personal styles or preferences. This is also done by applying the knowledge learnt from jazz and contemporary harmony/theory.
Ear Training/Jazz aural is another important subject that Jazz musicians need to work on/practice. Ear Trainings help to improve and strengthen our sense of rhythm and to train our ‘inner ears’. It enables us to transfer the melodic line or ideas that we ‘hear’ in our head while improvising, to playing the actual notes out on piano spontaneously and accurately.
Miss Jin Loh would prepare and design some jazz piano exercises for her students to work on according to their levels, for examples, exercises on jazz piano progressions, jazz piano riff, piano jazz licks and jazz piano voicings.
Minimum music requirements to study this Professional Jazz and Contemporary Music Classes/Lessons conducted by Miss Jin Loh are: -
♪ Practical: Grade 8 and above's (piano diploma) music students.
♪ Music Theory: Grade 5 and above.
Note: Miss Jin Loh does not teaches lower grades piano (piano beginner till piano grade 7) students this jazz piano class. This Professional Jazz piano class is technically demanding, thus it is more suitable for more advanced classical pianist who are interested to further explore their piano studies in the jazz field.
♪ For students who may not have the above requirements yet, you may consider taking the ABRSM Jazz Piano Lessons/Classes first. This ABRSM Jazz Piano Lesson/Class is also suitable for pianists who would like to sit for Jazz Piano exams.