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"Steve is truly unique in his style. He is devoted to helping each student's

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(Grammy Nominated Blues Vocalist)


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"Steve breaks things down into small, easily learned bits of info that will have you arranging & playing music that sounds great in a very short period of time."

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Styles of Jazz

By Mark A. Galang, OTRP, MAM-MT(c) |

Would you like to learn more about the various styles of jazz? Guess what: You’re in for a treat as we get you oriented with various subsets of this wonderful musical genre. While there are a lot of jazz subgenres, we’ll take a look at some of the most historically significant styles. Let’s get started.…

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Best Jazz Piano Books For Beginners

By Mark A. Galang, OTRP, MAM-MT(c) |

Looking for the best jazz piano books for beginners? You’ve come to the right place. Here are some of our recommendations you can get your hands on. Let’s get started. Why You Need To Know Your ABCs Music is a language, and language starts by hearing and recognizing the most basic building blocks. In this…

Ramsey Lewis: Lick Lesson From Love’s Serenade

By Mark A. Galang, OTRP, MAM-MT(c) |

In today’s lesson, we’ll celebrate the life of Ramsey Lewis. What would be more proper to honor his legacy than by learning some of his piano vocabulary? Let’s get started. Listen To Ramsey Lewis Play Love’s Serenade Before we dive deeper, let’s listen to Ramsey Lewis playing the entire tune in this studio recording: Now,…

Walking Bass Line Writing Step By Step

By Steve Nixon |

Are you looking for a walking bass line tutorial? It’s a good thing you stopped by. In this tutorial, you’ll learn an effective approach to playing a walking bass line. Learning how to write them helps you add interest to your jazz comping. Let’s get started. Why Should You Start Your Walking Bass Line With Roots…

Diminished Scales: A Jazz Piano Power Tool

By Mark A. Galang, OTRP, MAM-MT(c) |

Would you like to learn how to incorporate diminished scales in jazz piano? You’ve come to the right place. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to use diminished scales to spice up your chord and soloing vocabulary. Let’s get started. What Exactly Are Diminished Scales? A diminished scale is one of the symmetrical scales in…

Piano Chord Progression Exercises In 5 Ways

By Mark A. Galang, OTRP, MAM-MT(c) |

Would you like to learn some great piano chord progression exercises? You’re in the right place. These piano chord progression exercises are useful for learning many songs fast. Let’s get started. One Chord Progression That Started It All The first chord progression we are going to talk about is the basic I-IV-V chord progression. This…

Rocket Man Piano – How To Play Elton John Licks

By Mark A. Galang, OTRP, MAM-MT(c) |

Would you like to learn some Rocket Man Piano Solo licks by Elton John? You’re in the right place. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to play 2 Elton John licks from a live version of “Rocket Man”. These licks will help you develop chops for awesome piano soloing. Let’s get started. Elton John’s Rocket…

Bruce Hornsby The Way It Is Piano Licks

By Mark A. Galang, OTRP, MAM-MT(c) |

Would you like to learn how a Bruce Hornsby The Way It Is piano solo is made? You’re in the right place. Incorporating some of Bruce Hornsby The Way It Is piano licks will spice up your playing. Let’s get started. Bruce Hornsby The Way It Is Piano Solo Example Before you explore some Bruce…

Piano Hand Independence Tips And Tricks

By Mark A. Galang, OTRP, MAM-MT(c) |

Are you having a hard time achieving piano hand independence? Would you like to discover great exercises to develop that important skill? You’ve come to the right place. In this lesson, we’ll take a look at plenty of piano hand independence exercises. These tricks will give you the confidence to play independent left and right…

Fallin Alicia Keys Piano Licks: How To Solo For A Hit

By Mark A. Galang, OTRP, MAM-MT(c) |

Want to learn some “Fallin’” Alicia Keys Piano Licks? You’re in the right place. In this lesson, you’re going to learn some licks and techniques from a live performance of “Fallin”. These techniques will get your solo piano playing in great shape and wow your audience. Let’s get started. How To Play “Fallin’” Alicia Keys…

Getting Started With Jazz


Learn Jazz Piano From A Pro

Have you always wanted to incorporate jazz into your playing? Or maybe you're already a jazz musician who's looking to take your playing to the next level? Maybe you'd like to study jazz transcriptions. Maybe you'd like to learn jazz piano chords, jazz improvisation, licks, or explore a variety of different of jazz piano lessons and techniques. Either way, is the answer!

Welcome to our jazz piano school - we're glad to have you! If this is your first time here, please take a moment and watch our welcome video above. If you're a returning user, check out "The Newest Lessons" at the right side of this page, where you'll see the latest and greatest jazz piano lessons from Steve Nixon and

Free Jazz Piano Lessons

Ready to take your jazz piano playing to the next level? One of the most common jazz chord progressions is the II-V-I.

Study the ii-V-i in Minor chord progression to begin mastering this important concept. Add to your vocabulary with transcribed lick lessons from jazz legends like Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Clark, Charlie Parker, Diana Krall, and many more. offers everything you need to learn how to play jazz piano online. Everyone, from beginners to advanced players, will find helpful resources to improve their jazz piano playing. Check out the lessons to the right for free jazz piano lessons on jazz standards, jazz piano chordsjazz scales, turnarounds, piano transcriptions, blues piano lessons, and much more.

Blues Piano Tutorials

Want to learn how to play blues piano? Hall of Fame Blues Pianist & #1 jazz piano educator Steve Nixon reveal years worth of blues piano secrets in the Breakthrough Blues Piano Method. You can explore the Breakthrough Blues Method right here.