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A Lesson With Steve Allen: An Introduction to Jazz Piano
A Lesson With Steve Allen An Introduction to Jazz Piano
Actor: Steve Allen
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
NR     2004     1hr 20min

One of America's most beloved entertainers divulges his personal tricks of the trade (trills, octave vibrato, "fake runs," blues riffs etc.) and shows you how to build arrangements and spice up jazz pieces with a variety o...  more »


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Actor: Steve Allen
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Educational
Studio: Homespun Tapes
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/31/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Intro to jazz piano playing
Michael Goldman | Sunnyvale, CA USA | 05/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The late Steve Allen was a modern renaissance man or maybe just a jack of all trades in music and performing. He wrote and played popular jazz standards as well as being a funny comedian, an author, and a very likeable TV personality. In this DVD made from a 1994 tape he shares a lot of little 'tricks' which he either discovered or learned from the greats of jazz like Art Tatum and others.

I'm just a beginner in piano and I can't pick up eveything he is doing the first time going though this. It will be something you will want to go over many times. There are a lot of things here that if you go over them on your own or better with a teacher can make you sound a lot better than you are.

The DVD is divided into 33 sections of 2-3 minutes each so you can find any of tricks to go over easily."
Perfect for any jazz piano enthusiast or student
musicaddict | 04/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD presents a great insight into the world of jazz piano. Taught by Steve Allen, this is a great how-to on the tips and tricks of being a successful jazz pianist. Includes a number of great arrangements of standards."
Useful and entertaining
Eric V. Rodwell | 01/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I enjoyed this DVD. Steve Allen is both funny and clear. He gives lots of little points that point us in the right direction. The video is crisp and you can see what his hands are doing. He touches on specific riffs, general principles, and who to listen to."
Enjoyable but too brief
countin4 | 04/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I found this video interesting because I used to like watching Steve Allen on TV years ago. Pay attention to the word "Introduction" in the DVD's title. The 80-minute DVD left me wanting a lot more material to work on. Steve has large hands and made liberal use of 10ths with his left hand. My hands are too small to play tenths, so many of the songs I can't play. Steve mentions other Homespun instruction tapes and working with a private piano teacher, so he obviously knows that his lesson is not enough. It comes with music shrunk down to about 75% and stuffed inside the DVD plastic box. It seems best suited as a motivational and informative video one would check out of a library to view once. It is enjoyable to watch."