Playing jazz is great, but when you’re a pianist it’s hard not to get sidetracked by all the amazing classical music composed for the instrument.
Here is me playing Mozart’s piano sonata in C (1st Mvt.). Yes, the famous one (and it’s meant to be easy!).
Afterwards I talk about some technical exercises to help improve evenness in playing it. Specifically:
- Practising the ‘thumb under’ exercise (playing first finger then thumb under, then first and second and thumb under etc.)
- Practising difficult passages with a different rhythmical subdivision, e.g. a swing feel or a dotted feel
- Using ideas from drum rudiments (www.vicfirth.com/education/rudiments.php) as a way of practising two finger strength/stability in addition to regular trills