So what does this have to do with practicing piano? For me, everything.
Simply working the levers of the piano is one thing, but playing the instrument to move people on a profound, poetic, and emotional level… THAT’S going to take some work. It is do-able if you have the desire, and commit to making it happen.
That experience is but one of many that suggest a different perspective about much of what we often dread as work. Answering a few simple questions is often all that’s needed to quell our anxieties and steel ourselves for so many seemingly daunting tasks:
“Is it something we actually want to do?”
“Do we have the time and resources to do it?”
When it comes down to it, the first question is really the only important one.
My book does not boast to be a complete treatise on the subjects of jazz, theory, the piano, or practice. Those subjects are so broad, that no single publication can honestly boast of being the “complete” anything in those areas. Nor does it claim to offer instant success, as in, “Learn to Play Like a Pro in Just [insert unrealistic number here] Days!” It just doesn’t work that way. If it did, there would be about a thousand new shredding beboppers every month. You cannot learn to play music simply by reading a book. You cannot learn to do any art just from a book. Art requires exposing yourself to multiple sources, lots of thinking, study, and solitude, and acquiring life experience. And lots of practice.
AQABA IS, AT HEART, AN APPROACH FOR DEVELOPING A RELIABLE AND INTUITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PIANO. You will develop an intuition about soloing and playing with others that you may have only dreamed about, and you will open doors to your playing you didn’t even know were there. I’ve taught others how to do it, and if you travel this road with me, you will do it too.
Follow the suggestions in my book and your playing will improve. It’s as simple as that.