JAZZ PIANO AND IMPROVISATION
Do you play your piece differently from the notation and wonder why you have to play what's written? Do you find reading notation difficult but love making things up? Do you play in a band and need some guidance so that you can understand how your guitarist thinks? Do you improvise jazz piano and want to play in hotels and clubs or for weddings and gigs?
CLASSICAL PIANORobin is insanely obsessive about music educational techniques, progression and methodology and his ideas were first formulated teaching classical piano. All lessons include a very creative and musical structure vastly beyond typical piano methods that you can buy from a music shop. Even the very first lessons include transposition, improvisation and composition. Pupils develop into intuitive musicians with significant musical intelligence from the very earliest stages.
ADVANCED PIANO TUITION
Advanced pupils particularly benefit from the inner-ear pedagogy derived from that of Kodaly. They 'hear' the various parts in their playing that are not the main melodic material. They 'feel' the phrases and structures and thus 'communicate' the music to the listener rather than 'reproduce' the score. The result is something very personal, very musical and for those who enter examinations or competitions, higher marks. Technical exercises reduce tension to minimal levels thus promoting independence of the fingers and allowing faster passages to flow with ease. Other practice methodologies include exercises that enhance the coordination of hands. Even scales are not taught in conventional ways and they readily become a journey of discovery, creative and imagination, making them fun and useful!
Jazz Piano Lessons, by EdI learnt classical piano for associated board exams for a long time and hadn't really done anything else. I kind of wanted to branch out a bit and, not having any experience in improvising or jazz rhythms didn't matter. I said I wanted to do some improvisation so that's what we do. He shows me how with little exercises that teach without you knowing your working or practising until you have to use that particular skill and you realise you can just do it. I feel like he makes it easy to learn because you keep doing new things, he shows you how in a way that's unique to both him and you because if that's how you learn best then that's how you're going to learn. There's no 'This is how you do it, now repeat a million times' it just flows naturally and you learn how you want to.
I still keep up the classical piano and I bet I could ask to throw in other styles and genres, for want of a better term, and we'd just roll with it.I think that keeping up with the classical aspect helps improve my technique so that I don't have to think about it, I just do it.