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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10 Jazz Scales You Should Know (Part 1)

Do you want to learn more about jazz scales? Congratulations you’ve come to the right place. This jazz scales article and many others on this site will help you! Musicians love scales. We really do! They sit nicely on our instruments, they are easy to play over changes, and many of us have been playing them…

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3 Uncommon Tips For Practicing Jazz Piano Technique

When most of us think about practicing jazz piano technique we usually think of the same old boring exercises that piano players have been playing for countless years. Things like scale practice, arpeggios, Hanon exercises, and playing classical pieces. Now, to be fair these technique studies can be useful in certain ways but they don’t…

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Jazz Chord for the Left Hand – Lesson and Video

In today’s free jazz piano lesson we are going to take a look at a very simple yet very powerful jazz piano chord.  This particular lesson will focus on a rootless dominant seventh chord voicing. (video lesson and notation below). (This is a follow up lesson to my rootless minor chords lesson.  That lesson has been…

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The 6 Steps To Success In Your Jazz Practice Routine

I recently was invited by the fantastic jazz guitar player Matt Warnock to write a guest article for his blog.  You can find the article I wrote here right here 6 steps to jazz practice success. I highly recommend you check out this article if you want to really take your jazz practicing skills to the next…

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Jazz Standards You Should Learn Part 2

If you need a list of jazz tunes to learn you’ve come to the right place! In today’s lesson we’re going to talk about 9 essential jazz tunes every jazz musician should learn. (This is the second post in the series on recommended jazz tunes you should learn.  If you missed the first post you…

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Jazz Standards You Should Learn Part 1

Have you ever wondered what the first jazz tunes you should learn are? If so, I’d like to help you get started. There are so many fantastic jazz tunes in the Great American Songbook that it can feel overwhelming when trying to find a place to start. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of…

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How To Play Extensions on Dominant Seventh Chords

Want to spice up your chords and arrangements and make them more jazzy?   One of the best ways to do this by adding extensions to your chords. Unfortunately, most people don’t understand how to do this properly.   So, you’re probably saying right now, “Steve, How do you play extensions on chords?”  “I heard…

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Rootless Jazz Voicings-Min7th’s

Want to learn some cool left hand jazz chords? In this video I teach you how to use and apply rootless jazz piano voicings.  This video specifically focuses on Minor 7th voicings. Rootless voicings are essential for any jazz piano player’s toolkit. Be sure to also check out part 2 in the series where we…

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