FAQs

 

 

What can I download from each lesson I buy?

You can download:

  • backing tracks (usually four)
  • sheet music
  • an extract from one of my ebooks that relates to this lesson (also available to view online with videos/audio)

The actual video lesson is to be watched online and is not downloadable. This is because the lesson is much more than just a video. As the online video progresses, music and text will pop up to illustrate and augment my teaching. This great benefit would be lost if I was just offering you a video to be downloaded.

 

What is an eBook? What will I get?

This series of Learn Jazz Piano eBooks are PDF files. When you pay for one through the site you will be shown a link to download the file. You can then open this on your computer, or any other device that can read PDF files. You won't receive a paper copy. You can always access the file in the future by logging in to this website with the details you provide when you buy the ebook.

 

My 4 eBooks are for sale as separate items. What do they contain?

Learn Jazz Piano book 1 takes you through the blues, turnarounds, the II-V-I sequence, modal jazz, extensions, soloing, comping and approaches to a jazz standard. Although Learn Jazz Piano can be read separately, it would be of value to study it alongside my video course.

Book 2 deals with rootless voicings, tritone substitution, Rhythm Changes, diminished theory, block chords and a more advanced approach to blues.

Book 3 is more advanced and guides you through how to play jazz standards. It also contains a list of recommended listening and suggested repertoire.

Book 4 is called 'How To Solo' and will take your jazz piano solos to a more professional level.

 

What standard do I need to be?

This course is not aimed at total beginners. You should at least know your way round a couple of scales and be able to read a little music. Many of my illustrations are written in the treble clef.

 

Might the initial lessons be a little basic for me?

I strongly advise you to work from the beginning. My jazz piano lessons are systematic and evolve in a logical way. The early stages are deceptively simple but move imperceptibly into deeper water. I also know of many teachers that have used my system of learning jazz piano with great success.

 

My main instrument isn’t piano. Will these lessons help me?

Definitely. Most of the concepts are applicable to any pitched instrument.

 

Do you give private jazz piano lessons?

I’m kept pretty busy by my regular students but if you happen to be in the UK please get in touch. See links page for my personal teaching website.

 

Is there a forum?

There was a forum but I've now replaced it with a blog, where you join the conversation.

 

Will your jazz tuition videos work on my browser/computer/iPad?

Please check the table below for compatibility with your software/hardware.

You should be aware that the lesson content is “media-rich” - the videos will need a fast internet connection to play properly. I wouldn’t suggest using a dial-up modem from a tent in the Sahara.

Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9 All OK!
Gecko-based browsers (Firefox etc) All OK!
Webkit-based browsers (Chrome, Safari) All OK!
Opera All OK!
iPad

Video lessons - OK
Text and image lesson resources - OK
Playing backing tracks in lessons - OK
Quizzes - OK


Some issues experienced with the embedded videos in the eBook extract available with each lesson. This will be fixed in a coming update.

Please note that download of MP3 files (of the backing tracks for each lesson) directly to your iPad is not possible without using an App. You should look into the apps  "Downloads HD", "Goodreader" or "SaveAll" for more information, but we haven't tested these options thoroughly yet. The other alternative is to download the backing track to a computer/laptop and then synch it to your iPad/iTunes from there.

iPhone Patchy support at present, but we’re working on it!
Some versions play the video lessons OK, but without the accompanying images. Check back for updates soon.
The lesson videos will work better on a larger screen anyway, so if you have access to another device then it would be preferable.
Internet Explorer 6 Not fully tested, and likely to be patchy (the basics should work OK, but things might look a bit weird).
You should consider upgrading. If you can’t because it is your employer’s computer, then maybe you need to learn jazz out of work hours!

 

If you encounter any problems then please get in touch. It would be really useful if you could tell use what kind of computer/device you are using, and what software (e.g. "I am using Windows XP with Internet Explorer 8", or "I am on OSX using Opera").