Category: playing jazz video lessons

How to play a jazz solo

The advanced section of my online jazz piano course is called ‘How to play a jazz solo.’  There now follows a summary of these lessons with a link to my jazz course. Lesson 21:  Connecting handsIn this lesson I take you through techniques to incorporate your left hand. These include the following: StrideWalking bass linesShearing… Read more »

Learn Bebop scales part 2

Here is  Learn Bebop scales part 2. This is an extract from my book ‘How To Solo.’. It is the 4th in the series of my eBooks Learn Jazz Piano. You can purchase all books by clicking here. In my previous blog I illustrated the Bebop Dominant scale in C. Take another look before continuing. Fig… Read more »

bebop scales part 1

Using bebop scales in your jazz solos is easier than you think! Chapter 4: of Learn Jazz Piano book 4 I don’t believe that most of us can learn jazz piano by instinct alone and these scales should be a part of your vocabulary. The key is getting the right balance of instinct and theory. Here are… Read more »

Learn Jazz piano video on YouTube

Click here for my new  Learn Jazz piano video on YouTube This Learn Jazz Piano video on YouTube is a short recap about the relationship between a major scale and its seven chords. Here are the 7th chords that belong to F major. Here’s a summary of the lesson content: Lesson 1 – From scales to chords… Read more »

Practising Jazz Piano: THE 3RD GOLDEN RULE

Do you know the most important chord sequence when practising jazz piano? This is by far the most important chord sequence when practicing jazz piano, and you need to recognise it in its major and minor forms. Here’s the sequence in Bb major. And here’s the sequence in G minor. Both the major and minor II… Read more »

Studying Jazz Piano with Paul Abrahams: The first golden rule

Studying Jazz Piano with Paul Abrahams Golden rule number 1 when studying jazz piano: 1               When studying jazz piano, learn all your major and minor scales. Major             Major scales run horizontally through major II – V – I sequences. Don’t avoid the flat keys; they come up all the… Read more »

Lesson 19 – jazz improvisation: reharmonising a jazz standard

I’ve finally completed lesson 19  of jazz improvisation.This new 30 minute video shows you how to reharmonise a lead sheet and employ substitute chords to make for a more creative solo. This will take your jazz improvisation to the next level. Following on from lesson 18, I’ve taken All The Things You Are and substituted… Read more »

How to reharmonises a jazz standard

Lesson 19 of Learn Jazz Piano online is called ‘how to reharmonise a jazz standard’. In lesson 18, I dissected Jerome Kern’s All The Things You Are, analysing its structure and breaking it down into key centres. I also stuck to Kern’s original harmony. But in this upcoming lesson we’ll be taking things further by… Read more »

learning Jazz piano online – lesson 18

Video lesson 18 of Learning Jazz Piano online is now available and is called ‘Decoding a jazz standard.’ Can you solo your way through any jazz standard? In order to do this, you need to interpret the song’s map and identify all its key centres. Lesson 18 of learning jazz piano online helps your achieve this.… Read more »

jazz piano course online: lesson 17

Lesson 17 of my jazz piano course online. My jazz piano course online has over 30 videos and here’s a summary of lesson 17. This jazz piano lesson combines your knowledge of rootless voicings (lesson 15) and tritone substitution (lesson 16). Learn to improvise with my clear and methodical method. I show you how to use… Read more »