I have a student in private lessons who wants to learn jazz. I know very little about how to teach it, so this is my plan: we’re going to study one particular genre at a time, big band swing, right now because that’s generally the majority of pieces that people play in high school. And people know those tunes more rapidly than any other genre in jazz. I’m having my student listen to Glenn Miller right now, and we’re getting the style down on “In the Mood” and “Moonlight Serenade.”
I went out and bought his ‘greatest hits’… the only CD of his music that I could find. And The Ultimate Fake Book, so I’d get some more ideas. I need to train my ears so I can play music without having it in front of me. But hey, I’m good at imitating… if I have music in front of me. I just need to do it by ear. I’m trying to just stay a step in front of my student… day by day.