Do you need to read music to learn jazz or blues piano?

Wassup! Today I’m sharing my reply to a question from a student at Udemy.

STUDENT QUESTION:

Hi, Kent!

This is a two part question; first off, is there anything you recommend (videos, specific techniques, etc) to improve my sight-reading that won’t make me want to shout profanities?

I’ve Googled it obviously, but I’m curious about your opinion, as I enjoy your method of teaching.

Secondly, do you find skilled sight-reading necessary for jazz and blues? In other words, in your professional opinion, can I learn to be a proficient jazz and blues pianist without tackling my fear/hatred of sight-reading?

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A Nice Technique for Smoother Scales

“SMOOTHER-SOUNDING SCALES” introduces a simple technique for making your scale passages sound more EVEN; that is, with a more consistent loudness across all the notes. The technique involves deliberately accenting certain notes, then removing the accents. The final result is a more even sounding scale!  Voila!

Video: Smoother Scales

See ya soon!

 

Honky Tonk

 

via Daily Prompt: Honk

So I’m responding to a blogging “prompt” here on WordPress.com. The prompt for today is “Honk.”

Honk…Honky-tonk…Honky-tonk piano!  I knew I would get to the piano sooner or later.  In this case, two degrees of separation.  Musically speaking, two half-steps?

Since my blog is mostly for piano players, here’s something I composed for piano a few years back, while thinking of a honky-tonk in the Old West.  I didn’t actually have time to learn the piece, so I just wrote it down and then created a MIDI file from that.  This video is just an audio capture of the MIDI file being played back on my PC.  In other words, I did not physically perform this version. Give credit to robots when credit is due.

Doc Holliday’s Waltz

via Daily Prompt: Honk