Category Archives: Jazz 101

If you’re more of a beginner jazz musician these lessons should be a great fit for you. I always try to put something special in every lesson though for intermediate jazz and advance jazz musicians too!

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Jazz Improvisation: The 12 Step Method

Ready to improve your jazz improvisation skills? This step by step article will help. Jazz improvisation is such an amazing art form. Unlike classical music where the notes are the same each time, in jazz, each performance of a tune is unique to the performer doing it! At the highest levels each time you play a…

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Jazz Advice – How To Achieve Laser Focus In The Practice Room

All right, today I want to talk about some important jazz advice for practicing. This is something that will make or break you as you go through your piano learning journey. This one concept is critical. What you do on a daily basis, your habits, and what you choose to practice at the piano, will…

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3 Easy Oscar Peterson Chords

Would you like to learn 3 easy Oscar Peterson chords? You’ve come to the right place. In the video below I’m going to teach you how to play 3 Oscar Peterson chords for the left hand. These sound great in a solo piano style. They can be used for both playing the head of a…

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3 Best Jazz Albums To Study – Advice For Students

In today’s video I’m going to tell you about 3 of the best jazz albums that changed my musical life. These best jazz albums are my 3 recommendations for students who want to begin learning jazz from recordings. All 3 of these recordings completely changed my life as a player. I learned a ton from…

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Emotional Chords: How To Tell Stories With Chords

Are you looking for emotional chords? Would you like to tell a story every time you play? Would you like your listeners to feel like they’ve been on an incredible journey every time you sit down at your instrument? Well this article and video should help. We talk all the time about jazz theory on…

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5 Chord Progression Moves Every Player Must Know

Want to learn 5 chord progression moves every top level player must have in their toolbelt? Cool, you’ve come to the right place! This lesson will be especially helpful if you’re playing chord progressions exactly like a million other piano players out there. It’s time that you learn how to separate yourself from the herd. So,…

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Easy Jazz Chord Progression Trick

Ready to learn a simple jazz chord progression trick you can apply to any type of music? Well, one of the most popular chord progressions you’ll find in most styles of music is a I chord going to a IV chord. (Free video below) Since this is used all over the place in music it’s always…

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7 Tips For Playing Better Jazz Piano

World touring jazz pianist Steve Nixon’s tips for playing great jazz piano. 1) Your chords have to be 100% authentic in the jazz style That means using chords that contain the prettiest notes. If you only play triads and basic chords you’re missing 99% of the style. You don’t want your playing to sound cheesy…

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