In this lesson you will
- learn about Oscar Peterson
- learn about some jazz piano techniques
- #61 “Hymn to Freedom” – listen, sing, read notes and rhythms
2 Read about Oscar Peterson 2
3 Read about Oscar Peterson 3
4 Read about Oscar Peterson 4
5 Watch Oscar Peterson describe jazz techniques
In this interview, Oscar demonstrates the following techniques:
1. stride piano
2. two-fingered percussiveness of Nat King Cole
3. lyric octave work of Erroll Garner
4. relaxed block chords of George Shearing
5. double octave melody lines
7. tonality-based improvising
Have students take notes on what each of these techniques means.
Pause and replay the video as needed. If students can print, or if you are teaching in-person, there is a worksheet (and answer key) in Supporting Resources.
This is a Safeshare link.
If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Oscar Peterson piano lesson".
Note: This video is from 1979, and may use a word that is not appropriate to use today.
Preview the video before showing to students.
6 Listen and sing Oscar Peterson's "Hymn to Freedom"
Listen to the choir.
Pause at the end of each phrase and repeat.
Play the video again and sing along.
7 Optional: Name the notes in the song "Hymn to Freedom"
A worksheet is found in Supporting Resources.
If students can print, or if you are teaching in-person, print and have students complete the worksheet.
If not, have students answer the questions during a live online session.