I recommend this throughout the PianoGroove course, both to be used for playing over jazz standards, and also we incorporate it into the theory exercises and drills.
When playing jazz standards, I like to set the repeats to at 20+ repeats, I’ll play through the head once, and then move into improvisation.
I try to develop each motif to it’s fullest potential, and maybe stick to one musical idea for 2 or 3 times through the form. This way I’m working on developing my motifs, and not simply playing random ideas that are stuck together without logic or cohesion.
I love Spotify for many reasons, here are the 3 main ones:
The quality of the audio is brilliant for transcription.
I can search for an artist, and listen to their most popular records, and also “shuffle play” to weave throughout their albums until I find something I like.
I can create my own playlists, and download the songs locally in the app, so that when I’m on the road I can listen to all of my favourite records without burning a hole in my pocket from mobile data usage.
First and foremost, the whole interface of the app is very user-friendly and easy to use.
I like the functionality of accenting beats, missing out beats, and finally, I like how it the BPM jumps up/down in increments of 10 if you hold it down slightly, which makes it quick and easy to jump around different tempos.
One thing which would make this app even better (and I would happily pay more for) is the ability to ‘freeze’ the sound - for the single chord questions - as you try to pick out individual tones by ear. It is possible: I’ve come across this in other apps. It gets a bit irritating having to repeatedly play the ‘question chord’ if you’re unsure what it is immediately. It’s amazing how your ears can play tricks on you! Think I might feedback this to them