Hiromi Uehara Place to Be Sheet Music Download
Several years ago I got attracted by the amazing piano work from Hiromi Uehara. This young, talented and passionate contemporary jazz pianist from Japan is one of the modern piano legends. Earlier in July, I was lucky enough to see her show with Stanley Clarke in North Sea Jazz Festival 2010, Rotterdam, and was totally blown away by her piano technique and emotions that she’s able to bring inside the concert hall.
Hiromi Uehara Sheet Music Download?
Since the first acquaintance with her music, I started searching for her sheet music and wanted to learn the way she way of arrangement and improvising technique. While searching for her sheet music, I also read articles about her style and the concept of jazz improvising. All these readings have then inspired me to give up searching for her sheet music or attempts to rely on transcriptions.
I realized that it was a wrong direction to look for visual aids like sheet music than trying to listen carefully to her pieces.
Check out music from Hiromi
Using Ears Versus Using Eyes
I myself, like many children started learning piano, begin with learning classical music. Reading notes is one of the essential skills that classical music students ought to master. After years of playing, you would not be surprise that one would rely on reading notes more than using their ears to ‘visualize’ music.
For Hiromi’s music, of course I believe it’s transcriptable, with certain skill and available time. Yet, to truly equip yourself with the ability to play jazz music, besides having lesson with appropriate teachers, you would have to understand the music’s structure from scratch.
Start with Jazz Chords
Many Jazz musicians suggest jazz newbie to first get familiar with various jazz chords and their different positioning variations. This is to get your ears familiar with the sound of Jazz chords and later on be able to improvise from these chords.
If you have gone through practicing major and minor scales when learning classical music, you would understand the importance of learning the chords and scales and how your ears can adjust to the sound.
I've attached here some chord lists here as your visual aid for the start of a Jazz journey!
Look for Video References
There are many talented people out there who are generous to share their playing online. One of the ultimate sources of video reference is YouTube. There are many good videos made by pianists showing you their jazz playing skill and improvising techniques. Advantage of having a video is that you can replay and replay, and practice on your own, until you can get the music through your head.
Jazz Chord TableClick thumbnail to view full-size
Practice Makes Perfect
Like any other kind of music genre, the golden rule to success is still to practice and practice, and never give up when encountering difficulties. Hope the info would help and wish their Hiromi Uehara's music can inspire you as well.