Hello guys and dolls (sorry, in a jazzy mood
As some may know, I'm a student perusing a career in media composition. As a sax player by trade, I'm finding a lack of speed in creating scores due to the absence of anything resembling piano skills, and was looking for advice on how to best tackle this problem with as much efficiency as possible (i.e. without taking "classical piano lessons.") I dont want to become a big pianist
I've taken some piano classes at CSUN, both jazz and classical, but unfortunately I learnt just enough to get by (e.g. the songs) and never did figure out how to apply these skills towards my compositions, etc. What I feel is mainly lacking (besides improved coordination) is my piano chordal vocabulary, and ability to "piano sketch" pieces and then orchestrate. Do you think I would be best off getting a jazz piano voicing book and just jamming with Band in the box? Anyone know a good book? Or should I do something completely different?
The main problem is that I'm not "playing piano" when I write music, and thus resort to entering single lines with a single finger, which really slows me down. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!