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(Toshihiro Nakajima) #21

Hayden,

Thank you for watching my video again. I am very glad that you like my performance.

As you recommend it to us in Sean Dokko’s topic, the left-hand rootless voicing really frees up my right hand. That makes it easier to play some nice melody lines with right hand. I think I like playing in this style. So, I’ll keep working on this and develop it.

Yes, I think I am good at tweaking the melody with those grace notes and chromaticism, which will help make it sound Jazzy.

I wish that you will have a happy holidy, too !


(Pierre) #22

Yeah great to hear student recording ! Thanks for sharing

Nice touch :sunglasses:

PS Your playing is much better :+1: than the backtrack comping a bit heavy to my ears .


(Hayden Hill) #23

They will be available in 1-2 weeks.

Lyndol has already recorded 2 or 3 vocal Christmas songs, and I need to choose some more for solo piano. I will get them done this week and notify you as soon as they are ready. I will make a recording of myself performing them too.

Yes that is exactly why rootless voicings are so useful. The movement is so slight between the fingers, that it’s easy to commit it to muscle memory and apply all of your energy and focus to right hand improvisation.

I’m really happy to hear you have discovered, understood, and applied these voicings Toshihiro… great job!

Yes very tastefully applied. One of the limitations of the piano is that we cannot get ‘in between’ notes, or pitches.

Unlike horn players for example who can play half way in between pitches.

The thing that we can do as piano players is grace note, and slide in between to get that kind of effect… you do that beautifully and the sound is fantastic… congrats :1st_place_medal: :grinning:


(Toshihiro Nakajima) #24

Yes, some Jazz pianists create light and beautiful sounds with delicate touch.
They’re so pleasant to the ear. I am learning the touch right now

Thank you for listening to my play, Pierre.


(Toshihiro Nakajima) #25

It is very nice of you to make such positive remarks on my play and its method.
There are still lots of things to learn ahead and I keep moving forword little by little.

Ok. I am looking forword to those new Christmas songs. I’ll check them out
when they’re ready. Thank you, Hayden.


Rootless 251s - Practice Inspiration & Guidance
(Hayden Hill) #26

Lyndol & Hayden “There Will Never Be Another You”

Thought I’d post this here too: :smiley: enjoy!


(Pierre) #27

lovely :sunglasses: interpretation


(Pierre) #28

This morning i hear those lovely colors after playing some Kenny Barron voicing. And i record it in dressing gown, my dog just sitting next me for adding even more emotion :rofl:


(Scott Foll) #29

Nicely done, Pierre.

If you don’t mind, could you share what you are using to record the video and audio on the clips you’ve been posting recently?


(Pierre) #30

Thanks Scott :grin:

heres my answer Devices and software for posting our videos


(Hayden Hill) #31

Wow… beautiful harmonies and colours Pierre :ok_hand: :ok_hand:

that would be a lovely introduction for a ballad…

In A Sentimental Mood Springs Mood spring to mind because it starts with the 11 in the melody over the D-, and so those Kenny Barron voicings will set the ‘mood’ beautifully :grinning:

I will play around with this today and post a video back.


(Hayden Hill) #32

Hey Pierre,

Further to my comments above, here’s a demonstration of how I would apply your ideas as an introduction to the tune “In A Sentimental Mood” :

Thanks for posting your wonderful video, when I saw it this morning it inspired me to take things to the next level here in the forum…

Personalised Feedback & Collaboration

My role here as the Community Manager is to encourage participation and collaboration to inspire us all to become better jazz musicians.

Moving forward, anything submitted in the forum I will provide personal feedback and guidance. I’d love to hear what you’re all working on and I’m more than happy to share my insights, advice and opinions.

This is exactly where @dan_renton comes into play. Dan set up the above shot for me, and edited the video. We have (in my opinion :grinning:) the world’s most talented videographer, editor, & director, now putting all of his creativity and energy into PianoGroove. This is exactly the kind of thing where I knew he would add real value to what we’re doing here.

I welcome and invite all members of our community to post the things you are working on, and let’s drive forward this collaborative movement in online music education.

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Also, I’m totally onboard with @Pierrot and @ivan’s ideas for a ‘live steam’ aspect in the forum. You have both suggested this and I think it’s a fantastic idea. Dan and myself will make this a reality :sunglasses:


(Pierre) #33

nice idea Thanks so much to take the time to create idea in video so quickly ! :sunglasses:

great to hear that !


(Lori Nelson) #34

That was fun to watch and learn. My brain and ear don’t automatically know the alterations (that my hands seem to find on their own) and I have to stop and think about what you say. But I’m working on Laura right now and doing my best NOT to plow ahead just learning the tune — but actually sitting on one section of the video for a longer while and viewing and saying out aloud “ flat 9, sharp 11 “ and such. Thank you so much for all your hard work Hayden!
Top Quality!!


(Lori Nelson) #35

I love your sweet dog. Mine looked just like that
Nice piano playing Pierre. Lovely touch.


(Hayden Hill) #36

Thanks Lori!

This has given me a nice idea for a 5-min masterclass… I will record it tomorrow. Here’s the exercise I will outline:

Take any 251, and place the alteration at the top of the V7 chord, start with b9, then #9, then #11, then #5. Play the top note repeatedly, and really listen to the colour/texture/tension that is created, and where it wants to resolve… That is a nice exercise to develop aural recognition of altered tensions.

When there’s multiple alterations in the chord - ie. Upper Structure Triads - it can be harder to discern each tension/colour individually. That comes with time. But on their on their own, they are much easier to distinguish.

Enjoy playing Laura… such a beautiful tune!


(Pierre) #37

Lori …
please … share your playing of Laura … :v:


(Lori Nelson) #38

My friend, it takes me a loooong time to learn a tune… I will try and share one I actually can play. :joy:. I promise I will figure out how to record something. You have been an inspiration.


(Pierre) #39

Hey Lori … Trust me sharing our playing here … is a great booster for improving … we just need to put our ego aside , i admit :rofl: … but thats an incredible starter for playing more .


(Adam Powell) #40

Fantastic introduction. Thanks again.