Hi everyone, I am an Australian jazz & gospel pianist/singer who writes and arranges all my own material, and I have been teaching vocal, piano and aural skills in Universities for 25 years. I am passionate about finding straight-forward and fun ways of imparting concepts and techniques to my students.

I have developed 3 resources which are proving to be very popular, and am in the process of creating more! 

PIANO METHOD FOR JAZZ SINGERS

Easy, Stylish Self-Accompaniment

Originally written for jazz vocal students, this revolutionary, step-by-step and enjoyable chordal accompaniment piano course with exercises and the chord progressions for well-known jazz songs, is suitable for anyone wishing to learn to play attractive accompaniment to their own singing of contemporary repertoire. It includes PLAY ALONG TRACKS for every step of the journey, and these are inserted in the package, in the form of  USB card or 3 CDs – up to the student which they prefer. The method is unique in that it trains jazz singers, or other non-piano-playing musicians, to easily find their way around the piano keyboard with a sense of familiarity, while playing a basic accompaniment that sounds musical and jazz-like. The course contains exercises that have proven to be quite meditative in their style, while building a firm foundation for the singer to easily find chords. The method also assists in training the ear, and provides a strong theoretical understanding without being overly academic or intimidating. The method has been tried and tested over years of tertiary jazz teaching by the author.
N.B. This course is only available as a hard copy product shipped to you (not downloadable)

Approach/Method:

My goal is to provide a method of playing basic jazz-style accompaniment for piano, starting from a very simple foundation and then building on that as the course progresses; rather than teaching a series of triads and 4-note chords and moving in a linear process, my method builds upwards, and maintains a musical sounding effect from the beginning.

REVIEWS

“Thank you Sharny Russell for providing this wonderful resource pastedGraphic.pngYour Piano Method has helped me develop my piano skills to a level where I can now sit at the piano and play along while I sing. pastedGraphic.pngYour method is very easy to understand and work through and it is also invaluable in helping to develop my theory and aural skills. I highly recommend this!” Catriona Lincoln (Australia)

“I’m absolutely loving this course, it’s brilliantly thought out, immediately gratifying and like a brain gym for the fingers!! I feel I am already much improved in my confidence and I’m only up to page 23. It’s a marvellous investment, think of how many private lessons you would need to get this wealth of experience. I’m a convert!!” Elizabeth Lord (Australia)

“I am grateful for Sharny Russell’s masterpiece “PİANO Method for Jazz Singers” which elaborates step-by-step techniques for demystifying process of self-accompaniment on piano. Attached CDs make the course material even more exciting. This easy to follow method gives students at start, the basic harmony techniques advancing to more colorful scenarios thru consecutive chapters. Great work! And thank you again.” Meserret Orcan(Turkey) 

12 WARM-UPS & EXERCISES FOR SINGERS*

12 succinct audio vocal exercises with all information and notation in the accompanying booklet. 

With the sound of Sharny’s voice leading and guiding users through the exercises, and her appealing piano accompaniments, students can develop their general vocal facility.

Available as digital download (audio and booklet) OR as hardcopy booklet with CD.

6 EXERCISES FOR JAZZ SINGERS*

Six succinct audio vocal jazz exercises with all information and notation in the accompanying booklet. 

With the sound of Sharny’s voice leading and guiding users through the exercises, and her appealing piano accompaniments, students can develop their general jazz vocal phrasing and scatting facility.

Available as digital download (audio and booklet) OR as hardcopy booklet with CD.

* It is important that if you seek tuition with a qualified vocal teacher, and not depend on these exercises alone to grow your singing ability. If you have any pain or difficulty while using these exercises (which is unusual) please seek the advice of and ENT, laryngologist or speech pathologist.

Thanks so much for looking through my resources. 

You can see me demonstrating them ALL on my website, where of course you can also purchase them.

The PIANO METHOD is on a 15% discount until the end of the Conference with code: newyear15

Please feel free to email me through my website if you have any questions.