Jim Funnell

Jim F.

Woodside, NY
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About

Jim delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2008

I offer lessons that are well suited for:

- jazz pianists of all levels;
- adventurous classically trained pianists who feel the urge to explore improvisation and the swinging world of jazz;
- all other instrumentalists eager to either strengthen their basic piano skills or deepen the practice of improvisation on their principal instrument;
- vocalists who wish to hone their piano accompaniment skills;
- and finally writers and computer musicians committed to improving in the areas of jazz harmony, arranging, composition, improvisation, and enthusiastic about incorporating new techniques into their productions.

In addition to the actual lessons, make sure to check out my blog regularly for tips, ideas, transcriptions, analyses, and in depth study of intriguing jazz topics that will help you walk in the masters’ Footprints and make Giant Steps towards your Freedom Jazz Dance!

REPERTOIRE

The repertoire studied during the lessons can be as vast as jazz is diverse. I curate a playlist on Spotify you can dig into entitled “FunJazz Piano Lessons”, which is a selection of standards, jazz tunes, latin tunes, rhythm changes, blues, and ballads performed by a wealth of diverse musicians, and covering a wide range of styles and eras. In fact, exploitable melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements for the purpose of these lessons can be drawn from most music, within and beyond the scope of jazz… I’m therefore open to – and encourage – students’ suggestions: practicing a piece one actually knows and enjoys can be a strong motivational factor and often enhances the learning experience.

STUDY MATERIAL AND RESOURCES

- Jamey Aebersold, Charlie Parker Omnibook: for C instruments (treble clef) (Alfred Music Publishing)
- Fiona Bicket, The Barry Harris Approach to Improvised Lines & Harmony: An Introduction
- Charles-Louis Hanon, The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises for the Piano (Schirmer)
- Michael Hewitt, Musical Scales of the World (The Note Tree)
- Mark Levine, The Jazz Piano Book (Sher Music Co.)
- Mark Levine, Jazz Piano Masterclass: The Drop 2 Book (Sher Music Co.)
- Mark Levine, How to Voice Standards at the Piano: the Menu (Sher Music Co.)
- Frank Mantooth, Voicings for Jazz Keyboard (Hal Leonard Corp.)
- Neil Olmstead, Solo Jazz Piano: The Linear Approach (Berklee Press)

Looking forward to working with you!

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