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Learn Jazz Piano online now! Unlock your creativity by improvising jazz standards and the blues. My integrated and logical jazz piano video course will guide you through all you need to know about playing jazz piano. Still the cheapest and the best!

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Astounding!

Paul is an excellent teacher, everything is explained clearly in a relaxed and unhurried manner, and the step-by-step progression of the course is very well designed so you never feel overwhelmed and don’t move on until you are ready. If you want to learn jazz piano, I couldn’t recommend this course highly enough.

J. Othen. London

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Abrahams is inspirational

I’ve been trying to get into Jazz piano for quite a while but could never before find a clear structured step-by-step route.This course is just that. It’s challenging, but my understanding of theory and scales has improved dramatically and I’m excited for it all to come together.

T Dale-Thomas. Wales

Rating: 5 out of 5

So clear

I wish these type of jazz piano lessons were available when I was a kid. Paul explains musical concepts from the blues scale to jazz chords with clarity and precision in a way that anyone can understand.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Here’s just some of what you’ll learn

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 master every key

A preview of II-V-1: the key to jazz

Turnarounds

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Lesson 4: Swing Time

Swing time/straight time
7th chords
Decoding chord symbols
Shells

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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

Secondary dominant: the chord that leads to a new key.
The 3 primary extensions: how to use 9ths, 11ths and 13th.
Know which extensions work with which chord.
Learn to voice a chord using extensions.
Introduction to Mixolydian and Dorian Mode

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Lesson 7: The II – V – I sequence

Secondary dominant: the chord that leads to a new key.
The 3 primary extensions: how to use 9ths, 11ths and 13th.
Know which extensions work with which chord.
Learn to voice a chord using extensions.
Introduction to Mixolydian and Dorian Mode

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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 (Intermediate start)

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 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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You’re here to learn to start learning jazz piano online and with my jazz piano lessons I’m here to take you on a journey right from the basics to soloing through any jazz standard and playing the blues.

I have been teaching piano and playing keyboards professionally since 1967, so let me guide you every step of the way.

 

My teaching system

My system is logical and very easy to follow. With videos, backing tracks, sheet music, four jazz piano eBooks and quizzes you will learn how to play jazz piano online in a method that I use with my own jazz piano students here in London.

In lessons 1 to 5 you will learn how to build chords from scales, and how these chords can then be grouped into recognisable chord progressions.

And I promise not to overwhelm you with jazz theory. That’s not the way to learn to play jazz. In fact, I will have you soloing to backing tracks right from lesson 1! This is how I work with my private students, and you will be no different.

Learn jazz piano online by starting with the 7 chords belonging to the same family.

 

The II – V – I sequence

Starting to recognise II – V – I  chord sequences is the key to mastering jazz piano. You will soon be spotting this group of three chords in hundreds of jazz standards. Here is this II – V – I sequence in C major but practice in different keys.

The 251 sequence in C major

 

The I – VI – II – V turnaround

This four-chord sequence appears everywhere in jazz standards. It appears in various guises and here is a typical turnaround in F major.

A jazz turnaround in F major.

 

Extensions and alterations

Extensions and alterations are those notes that add the spice to your jazz piano solos. There are three extensions and four alterations (sometimes known as altered notes). Extensions are the three notes found in the scale but not the chord.

Jazz extensions to improve your solos. Find the details in learn jazz piano online.

Alterations are the four notes that come about by sharpening or flattening the extensions.

The four alterations. Learn jazz piano online to improve your solos with these altered notes.

 

But enough of jazz theory. Let’s play some blues!

 

Learn to play blues piano

When we think of the blues sequence the basic form usually has 12 bars, is in 4/4 time and has just three chords. But of course that’s not the whole story. This chord progression can have 8 bars, could be in 12/8 and the chord sequence can be far more complex.

 

Learn about the blues

In my online course I guide you you from the basics to what is known as the bebop chord changes. But for now here are just three examples. I have written these in the key of F major (blues can also be in a minor key!).
Notice that in this first example all three chords are dominant 7s.

A basic 12 bar blues in F major.

There are many options and approaches to playing a a blues solo but the simplest is just to use the blues scale. This scale consists of just six notes: 1, b3, 4, b5, 5 and 7. So in the key of F these notes are F, Ab, Bb, B, C and Eb. The beauty of using this scale for your solos is that it works over all three chords. But don’t overuse it!

The blues scale

The next example is still a 12 bar sequence in F major but introduces II – Vs and turnarounds.

12 bar blues in F with II-V's and turnarounds.

Notice that in Bar 5 we now have Cm7-F7 which is a II-V sequence. Then at bar 6 we now have the start of a I-VI-II-V turnaround: F7-D7-Gm7-C7 and this is echoed in bars 11 and 12. All will be explained in full when you reach video lessons 13 and 14.

 

The bebop blues sequence

My next example is what is known as the bebop blues sequence. We are still in 4/4, in the key of F major and the same total of 12 bars. But now things are getting very sophisticated with a string of II-V’s. Another big difference is that chord 1 is no longer a dominant 7 but a major 7!

Bebop blues sequence

 

Chord voicings

By chord voicings I am talking about the placement and arrangement of each note within each chord. As a very general rule leave a wider gap between notes lower down the piano to avoid a muddy sound. The higher you go the closer notes can be grouped together. The example below shows 4-note chord voicings for a bebop  blues.

Chord voicings in a bebop 12 bar blues.

 

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