Jason Lindner

I have always said that a musician must listen to every style of music, of course, there will be music we naturally gravitate towards and other music we tend to avoid. But I think it’s important to give everything a fair go. I think this is a needed thing for the one and only reason of expanding our musical ears.

Being open to all sorts of music will give you the chance to recognize, play and use different musical ideas or resources when you need them.

I have always admired musicians that are able to play any music style and Jason Lindner is one of a kind.

Jason Lindner is a pianist from Brooklyn, New York who has been considered one of the greatest piano players in fusion since the mid 90s.

Jason started playing Jazz when he was 15 but was influenced by many musicians from different fields such as Claudia Acuña, Meshell Ndegocello, Dafnis Prieto, Avishai Cohen and the HipHop Queen, Lauryn Hill, just to name a few.

What I love about Lindner’s music is that you can hear many styles in his music. It can be a modal or a latin jazz, as well as a R&B or Hip-Hop track. He has definitely being influenced by many different music styles from all over the world and the best thing is that he shows that, not because he wants to but because he feels it.

Please, listen to this magical Jazz piece called “Friendship and Love (aka Pretty Three)” where you will hear his softer side:

And of course, something a bit more complex, yet beautiful, full of latin jazz flavor, this track in parts remind me of some 90’s electronic music… It is a big mix of Lindner’s influences I would say:

What do you think about his playing? If you like it, feel free to stream his full album called “Now vs. Now” here.

I hope you dig it!

Luis Tovar

Luis Tovar

Three costly mistakes when learning piano

Learning piano is one of the most satisfying things you will ever do, but a few easy mistakes could cost you hundreds of dollars for no gain in your playing.

Below we show you three of these mistakes and give you our best advice on how to avoid them.

1. Paying for piano lessons that promise the earth but only disappoint

“Master piano in 30 days!”, “Become a piano god in 90 days”, “Learn piano in a weekend” – These are the catch cries of those who promise the earth, but rarely deliver. If you’ve been searching the web for piano lessons you’ll know what I mean. They are everywhere.

The truth is, no one learns piano in a matter of days. It’s a lifetime’s pursuit. Hopefully you haven’t been taken in by any of these ‘snake oil’ piano products, but if you have, our advice is to request a refund and find a course of instruction that is based on the principle of structured learning.

The rule of thumb when spotting a lemon piano course – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

2. Buying the best piano, but scrimping on the lessons

This is a common problem among beginner pianists. It’s easy to go for the big spend on your piano or keyboard, but then neglect your learning. You have to remember it’s no good having all of that expensive gear if you can’t play it.

Our advice is to spend well on your equipment and get the best gear you can afford, but leave some money for your piano education – it will serve you better in the long run.

3. Paying for a tutor who isn’t cutting it.

This is perhaps the most dangerous trap for new pianists because it can be hard to spot and can cost you thousands of dollars. A piano lesson can cost anywhere from $30 – $50 per session.

Over the course of a year you could be spending up to two thousand dollars for piano lessons, so you want to make sure you are getting your money’s worth from your tutor.

Major warning signs that your tutor isn’t cutting it:

Tutor shows a lack of understanding about piano. This is from inexperience. If you feel your tutor is only just managing to stay a step ahead of you you’ll know they aren’t right for you.

Tutor displays a lack of passion for teaching piano. This will normally come across as impatience. If your tutor is impatient and unconcerned with nurturing your development it’s time to go.

Tutors lessons lack focus. This is an easy one to spot. Are your lessons organized? Do they run smoothly? If not, your tutor isn’t planning enough and the result will be a lack of focus. Time to exit.

Personality mismatch. Sometimes you’ll find a perfectly capable tutor but you just won’t get on with them. This is normal. Everyone is different and some types just work better together. And it is quite acceptable to admit it when the relationship dynamic isn’t working and move on – you’re not married to your instructor.

We offer a guarantee to every student – we’ll teach you how to play the piano and save you money, because our lessons do it right first time. If you’re not happy you get your money back.

Posted by Jon Coursey