Ep 21: Elliot Smith – Choral Music and Jazz Piano

by | Apr 16, 2023 | Podcast | 0 comments

Elliott is a friend and colleague who wants to learn Jazz piano. He is a fine classical pianist and choral conductor. He teaches at the Governor’s School for the Arts here in Greenville. He is a graduate of Furman University, where I serve as Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Piano.

It’s always interesting and inspiring to work with someone who’s already great on their instrument. It points out the differences in the way we are taught to think about music, and it helps me continue to improve the way that I communicate these ideas to all of my students.

If you want to learn how to play Jazz, but don’t know where to start, the KEYS TO JAZZ BOOTCAMP is for you!

This six week online course will introduce you to the important concepts you need to start making your own music.

We’ll cover topics like; how to play different grooves; swing, latin, funk, etc. Getting a good feel with rhythmic phrasing

and syncopation. Understanding harmony; chords and scales and how to use them to improvise and compose your own tunes.

Making your own melodies. And most importantly, how to learn by listening.

The course will feature weekly online meetings, and personalized instruction for each student.

Course begins June 3.

If you have questions, you can reach out to me at: keith@keithdavismusic.com

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