Tag: jazz piano chords

Learning to play jazz

Play jazz: practice and theory Have you ever been asked the question “What do you do?” When I used to reply “I’m a singing coach” the usual annoying response was “Do you know anyone famous?” Now that I teach jazz piano, an equally infuriating reaction is “How can you teach improvisation? I thought you just… Read more »

How to solo

How to Solo My learn jazz piano video course is now around half way through the series ‘How to solo.’  There now follows a summary of these lessons so far with a link to each lesson. Lesson 21:  Connecting hands In this lesson I take you through techniques to incorporate your left hand. These include… 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. To purchase my Learn Jazz Piano videos click here. Here’s a summary of the lesson… Read more »

The 2nd golden rule: learning to play jazz piano.

learning to play Jazz Piano with Paul Abrahams Golden rule number 2 when learning to play jazz piano: Know all your 7th chords. When studying jazz piano you must ensure that all 7th chords are under your fingers. These are 4-note chords that have intervals of either a minor 3rd or a major 3rd. A minor 3rd has… Read more »

Reharmonising a jazz standard

Lesson 19 of Learn Jazz Piano online is called ‘Reharmonising a jazz standard’ and will be ready in a week or so. 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… Read more »

Jazz piano lesson 16: Tritone Substitution

Jazz piano lesson 16 now available: tritone substitution Jazz piano lesson 16 of my online video course, Learn Jazz Piano, is all about tritone substitution. I start by showing you how diminished scales weave through dominant 7th chords and how you can solo over 8 chords using just 1 diminished scale.This leads us to tritone substitution: replacing… Read more »

Lesson 15: how to voice rootless chords

Learn how to voice rootless chords in your left hand Lesson 15 of my online video course ‘Learn Jazz Piano Online’ is now available. The lesson teaches you how to voice rootless chords in your left hand. This is a more modern approach that Bill Evans used when playing in his trio. It not only leaves… Read more »