This workshop introduces you to the book/CD series, Play Jazz, Blues, Rock Piano By Ear, presented by the author. Students receive a free book/CD (your choice of book 1, 2, or 3). Andy Ostwald guides you step-by-step, as you progress from creating simple two-chord jams to creating fully realized jazz, blues, and rock improvisations. Each chapter features relevant music theory and easy to understand guidelines, learning through listening to featured recordings and learning from your own musical exploration and discovery. Prerequisites: Basic piano and music-reading skills. No previous experience with improvising, learning by ear, or music theory is necessary.
Andy Ostwald holds a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from San Jose State University and also studied in New York with renowned jazz pianist, Harold Mabern. Andy’s approach reflects a love for the early stride piano tradition as well as for bebop and more contemporary styles. He has played with numerous Bay Area artists at venues such as Yoshi’s, The Great American Music Hall and the Concord Jazz Festival, also touring extensively with singer Diane Witherspoon.