Jazz piano

Jazz is a musical genre originating in the Southern United States, created in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in African-American communities. With more than a hundred years of existence, from ragtime to contemporary jazz, it covers many sub-genres marked by a legacy of Euro-American and Afro-American music, and designed to be played in public. It emerges from other musical genres, including ragtime, walking, negro spirituals and blues, and features such as the frequent use of improvisation, polyrhythm, syncope, shuffle, scat and blue notes. Along the way, he borrows many elements from American popular music and the tradition of brass bands. It is commonly associated with the five emblematic instruments of jazz – the saxophone, the trumpet, the trombone, the clarinet and the piano. Discover all our jazz piano lessons!

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Perfect your improvisation technique on the piano with Jean-Michel Pilc’s Jazz Piano Masterclass! But also learn to analyze a jazz standard, & gain a better understanding of it while improving your improvisation skills!

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Student reviews

Jean L, ParisJAZZ PIANO

I’ve really learnt a lot of things on the piano through arpeggio scale notes. It’s been a pleasure.

Martine J, BordeauxJAZZ PIANO WITH JEAN-MICHEL PILC

I did a jazz training for a year, it was not enough, with you I’ve continued my training. Everything is well explained with a teacher like you.

Martine B, NantesINTERMEDIATE PIANO

The explanations are clear, I am a beginner and I enjoy taking these lessons. Thank you!

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Piano used in Jazz

The big question: acoustic or digital?

Playing Jazz can be done on an acoustic piano as on a digital. The choice will depend on your budget mainly but also on your motivation.

Purists will tell you that you have to take an acoustic, but sometimes it’s better to have a digital sound than a bad acoustic piano.

D’autant plus qu’aujourd’hui beaucoup de jazzman jouent sur des électriques.

Si vous souhaitez jouer uniquement du jazz, évitez les claviers trop légers et bardés d’électronique. La qualité se jouera sur les samples, la qualité de l’amplification, des effets pédales, et surtout au toucher.

Les pianos numériques comme Fender Rhodes ou encore Wulitzer restent de très bonnes marques et sont souvent utilisé et apprécié par les plus grands pianistes Jazz.

Notable Jazz pianists

Many pianists are some of the great Jazzmen/women, it would be much too long to make a complete list.

However, if you want to get started in the Jazz piano here are some names to remember:

Art Tatum considered the God of the piano, Thelonious Monk who knew how to break the codes and whose piano science left more than one mute, Bud Powell, a very great musician who’s success drove him crazy, Bill Evans the first impressionist Jazzman, McCoy Tyner, a mystical piano traveler, Chick Corea, who cleverly mixed genres Herbie Hancock, a researcher always looking for change.

Some jazz standards to learn

Discover some Jazz standards that you can learn at the piano on imusic-school! Learn how to play them in your classes, then practice on the multi-track playbacks provided.
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Blue Monk – Thelonius Monk

Don’t let it be misunderstood – Nina Simone

“Maiden Voyage” – Herbie Hancock

“My Funny Valentine” – Bill Evans

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