Learn Jazz Piano Lessons

Each lesson contains a 25+ minute video, backing tracks, sheet music and a quiz plus an extract from my eBook Learn Jazz Piano.

Lesson 1 - From Scales to Chords

  • Soloing over the Pentatonic scale
  • Mastering intervals
  • The V - I concept
  • One formula to construct all major scales
  • 7 chords, one family

 

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Lesson 2 - Building a chord sequence

  • Chord sequences
  • The relative minor and its scales
  • The family row of minor triads
  • Soloing in a minor key

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Lesson 3 - Mastering Every Key

  • The circle of 5ths
  • How to play in any key
  • Preview of the II-V-I sequence
  • Introduction to the turnaround

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Lesson 4 - Swing Time

  • Learning to swing
  • The construction of 7th chords
  • How to interpret chord symbols
  • Shells - how not to upset the bass player

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Lesson 5 - Walking 3s

  • Turnarounds part 2: I - VI - II -V
  • Walking 3s and 7s: the seeds of vertical improvisation.
  • How to use passing notes.
  • Voice leading

 

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Lesson 6 - Extensions

  • Extensions: how to use 9ths, 11ths and 13th.
  • Know which extensions work with which chord.
  • Voicing a chord using extensions.
  • Introduction to Modes.

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Lesson 7 - The II - V - I sequence

  • Master the II - V - I sequence in all keys
  • Seven soloing techniques over II - V - I
  • Alterations: know your sharp 11 from your flat 13
  •  Flat 9s and the diminished chord

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Lesson 8 - How to comp

  • Comp like a pro
  • Find the best chord voicings
  • Use the right extensions 
  • Build up to a five-note comp 
  • Explore rhythmic variations

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Lesson 9 - Modes

  • Know your Mixodydian from your Dorian
  • Grasp the connection between modes and chords
  • The art of modal soloing and comping
  • How to play 'So What'

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Lesson 10 - Autumn Leaves part 1

  • Playing your first standard
  • Learning the melody
  • The comp
  • The shells
  • The solo

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Lesson 11 - Autumn Leaves part 2

  • Taking Autumn Leaves to the next level
  • How to fill out the melody
  • Comping with alterations
  • Soloing with vertical improvisation

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Lesson 12 - The Blues, part 1

Play with confidence over the blues.

  • How to solo creatively
  • The minor blues
  • Blues in 12/8

 Plus lots of tips, tricks and licks!

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Lesson 13 - The Blues, part 2

  • Taking the blues beyond the basics.
  • Chord changes that turn blues into jazz.
  • Lydian dominant & diminished scales.
  • Rootess left-hand voicings.

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Lesson 14 - Bebop Blues

  • Left hand 4-note rootless voicings
  • Constructing the Bebop sequence.
  • How to solo over a Bebop blues
  • Comping over a Bebop blues

 

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Lesson 15 - Rootless Voicing

  • Constructing left hand rootless voicings.
  • Applying  rootless voicings to II-V-I and turnarounds.
  • Adding the alterations: b9, b13 etc.

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Lesson 16 - Tritone Substitution

  • Diminished theory
  • Soloing over diminshed chords
  • Using diminished scales over dominant 7ths 
  • Mastering tritone substitution

 

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Lesson 17 - Putting it together

  • Now put your knowledge to work!
  • Combine learned techniques to play a jazz standard.
  • Rootless voicings + tritone substitution
  • Altered and diminished scales 

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Lesson 18 - Decoding a standard

  • Analysis of 'All The Things You Are.'
  • How tunes are structured.
  • Identifying key centres 
  • Connecting melody and chords
  • How to learn tunes

 

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Lesson 19 - Reharmonising a standard

  • Chord substitution
  • How to reharmonise a tune
  • All The Thing You Are: advanced
  • Take The A Train reharmonised 

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Lesson 20 - Rhythm Changes

  • Next to a 12-bar blues, Rhythm Changes
    is the most important chord sequence in jazz. 
  • Master all its forms in this vital video lesson. 

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Lesson 21 - Soloing, part 1: connecting hands

  • Stride
  • Walking bass lines
  • Shearing block chords
  • Drop 2
  • Left hand chord placement 

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