Jazz piano is an art form that is best learned through the ears, but books can be a great help in mastering the skill of sight-reading. In this article, we will explore four volumes of exercises and tricks for jazz piano, written by acclaimed jazz educators and pianists. The first volume, by Tim Richards, contains 12 exercises and explorations. It is important to practice playing the keyboard with your fingers, especially with the black keys.
When sight-reading, it is best to play the right notes with your fingers if necessary. You can often keep track of where you are in the music by palpating the black notes or looking for the gaps between the white notes. The second volume contains 14 exercises and tricks for
jazz piano, including some rhythms in the style of Monty Alexander and Michel Camilo. The third volume is by Jeff Brent, jazz pianist, composer, teacher and author of Modalogy and other acclaimed books on jazz theory and education.
Sight-reading is an essential skill for any jazz pianist. It takes practice and dedication to master this skill, but with the help of these volumes of exercises and tricks, you can become a better sight-reader in no time. Start by familiarizing yourself with the material in each volume. Then practice playing through each exercise slowly at first, gradually increasing your speed as you become more comfortable with the material.
Finally, challenge yourself by playing through each exercise without stopping or making mistakes. By following these steps and practicing regularly, you will soon be able to sight-read any piece of music with ease. Good luck!.