How To Play Jazz Piano. The Four Core Elements
How can you play open jazz piano chords and make it sound like jazz?
In Europe and Scandinavia, there is a certain way to play jazz piano. Even this way to play jazz is a bit different than the traditional way to play jazz, they are still related to each other.
My first real jazz piano teacher showed me an important jazz piano scale principle for longer lines.
This principle is something that I now call the scale-to-one principle. Many people seem to struggle when it comes to create the long lines in their improvisation. Understandable! I did too. But that was before I learned the scale-to-I principle.
I was fortuned enough to discover the Lounge Jazz Piano style when I was just a little boy.
There was a shopping mall in my hometown Bergen, where a guy was playing this kind of music. He was quite good!
At the time I only had been playing simple chords with simple octaves in my left hand.
When I listened to the lounge jazz piano guy, I thought that what he did was just amazing. First of all: He played chords that I had never ever heard before. I fell in love right away! Still, I found it as a mystery for many years.
When I discovered for the first time the amazing effect of how to play outside when playing jazz piano, I was really blown away!
First of all: To play outside normally means that you change your harmonics and improvisation lines to something “outside” the normal harmony.