In this lesson you'll learn different techniques to add motion to your left hand along with groove and bassline approach exercises.
In this lesson you'll learn the next part of Tennille's Blues, the last A section.
In this lesson you'll learn 4 intros that you can use for the blues and other styles.
In this lesson you'll learn the next part of Tennille's Blues.
In this lesson you'll learn 5 different endings that you can use for blues or other songs.
In this lesson you'll learn staccato, tenuto, marcato and accent articulations. You'll also learn how to use grace notes and chromaticism to make your solos sound great using just the 3rd and 7th of the chord.
In this lesson you'll learn the next part of Tennille's Blues which can also be played as a composition on its own. I'll discuss the "strollin'" bass pattern and what a vamp is and how to use it.
In this lesson we'll be learning the jazz-funk classic "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers. We will be learning and applying various jazz techniques - such as drop-2 voicings and reharmonization - in order to create a new, professional-sounding solo piano arrangement.
Reharmonization means you are changing the chords, sometimes adding new chords, sometimes changing the existing chords. This gives you the ability to create dozens of variations on the blues to improvise over.
In this lesson you'll learn the first part of Tennille's Blues. We will also discuss using range in your solos.
In this lesson you'll learn 6 different accompaniment patterns to use for your slow blues improv and compositions.
In this lesson you'll learn more of Tennille's Blues. We will also discuss using scales in 3rds and 3 against 2 in your solos.
In this lesson you'll learn the bridge section of Tennille's Blues.
In this first lesson you'll learn the first 8 measures of our slow blues form and how to form a few different left-hand accompaniments.
In this lesson you'll learn how to create a bassline for Tennille's Blues. I have included the sheet music for the bassline by itself along with the melody with the bassline.
In this second part and conclusion of our Body and Soul lesson, you’ll learn how to play the 8-measure bridge, coupled with first 8 measures of the song to complete 32-measure form. You will learn the original melody and harmony as well as learn to use advanced harmonic devices such as tritone substitutions, diminished scale harmony, internal harmonic motion, and how to use motivic development in the melody. At the end of the lesson, you will have all the information necessary to play a beautiful professional arrangement of this timeless jazz classic.
In this first volume, we will work on getting down the chords and the groove for this song that Norah Jones made famous. If you want to accompany yourself or others while singing, the chapters on how to break up the chords up the chords with be extremely valuable to you. In volume 2 we will work on improvisation.
In this 2nd volume, we will be learning how to build a solo over the Norah Jones song, "Don't Know Why." These techniques work well for most pop/rock songs so you can easily take what you learn in this lesson to other songs. We will also learn about rock piano articulation which gives your improvisation more of a 'pop' and helps your lines stand out.
In this lesson we will begin learning the song "I Loves You Porgy." We begin by brainstorming the song then create an arrangement through a shells / melody approach.
In this lesson we will take all of the techniques we learned in the previous lesson to create a full arrangement. I'll teach you the entire arrangement step-by-step.
We are covering the B section and the final A section. The B section holds some very nice runs that are quite a challenge! I will also show you how using these runs under different chords will give you runs like Oscar Peterson!
Learn how to create an arrangement for Amazing Grace. Re-harmonization and improv techniques are also covered.
This “in the style of” lesson shows you how to play the chords for New Breed’s “Every Prayer”. We will also analyze the structure of the song and discuss improvisation.
In this lesson, you will get an inside look into creating a reharmonized, solo piano jazz arrangement of the pop tune “Every Breath You Take”. Topics include how to reharmonize chords, jazz theory, reading a lead sheet, and how to create comping and soloing ideas over a static (2 chords only) harmony.
Part 2 of the lesson.
In this lesson you'll learn different variations you can use in your left hand, how to create your own licks and riffs and different intros and endings.
This lesson features a classic jazz ballad popularized by the great jazz singer Tony Bennett. We will investigate how to effectively play a jazz ballad, including some specific piano tips, a simple yet effective introduction technique that uses the augmented triad, a beautiful ending that borrows from a different jazz standard, and some very large (but also simple) chords.
This lesson features a classic multi-generational tune that fits well in both the pop and jazz styles. The arrangement uses an easy approach on the verse featuring arpeggios, and a more advanced approach on the chorus that features larger, denser chord voicings.
This lesson features a song by one of the most famous folk singer-songwriters of all time, James Taylor. A beautiful piece that is familiar to a large audience, this solo piano arrangement uses simple voicings and chords to achieve an advanced sound.
In this lesson we focus on a classic Stevie Wonder recording. This popular song uses many "jazz" chords and voicings despite the fact that it is undeniably a pop song. Specifically, we will encounter many augmented chords, and minor chords that use a descending chromatic bass line.
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