Category Archives: Jazz Articles

Learn Jazz Standards : How Pros Do It

jGot a great question from Luke about how to learn jazz standards quickly. I thought it would be useful to share my response with the community here. Luke wrote: “Steve, I’m classically trained. I can learn jazz standards if you gave me the notes written out. Problem is that I watch all the great jazz players play without music. They…

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Piano Practice: A Weird Trick You Can Use To Get More Practice In

Are you struggling to find time for your piano practice? Do you wish you could find a way to motivate yourself to practice piano more than you do now? Well, in the video below I share with you a cool technique that I just learned that will help you do just that! This technique will…

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Learn Piano: The 7 Most Popular Lessons on FJL in 2015

It’s that special time of year again! Welcome to the 3rd annual list of the 7 most popular free piano lessons of the year. This year was quite a special one. We saw record growth in so many ways: What We’ve Been Up To In 2015 I started this site in 2012. I started by throwing…

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Christmas Songs For Piano – How Maya Angelou Inspired Me

When you play piano as much as I do, you have to do lots of weird things to stay musically inspired. Sometimes I’ll spend the day listening to Oscar Peterson albums, practice christmas songs for piano, or I’ll learn a new Herbie Hancock chord. Sometimes I’ll just analyze a great composition, or I’ll step away from the piano…

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What Kobe Bryant Taught Me About Becoming A Great Jazz Musician

If you haven’t heard yet, the legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant just announced his retirement. He was one of the all time greats. His talent mixed with his insane work ethic truly made him world class. He’d shoot hundreds of jump shots per day Lift weights Study game film Meditate Sit in ice baths Stretch And get…

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4 Jazz Improvisation Shapes You Need To Know

Are you struggling with you jazz improvisation? Do you find yourself quickly running out of ideas when your soloing? In this free jazz improvisation video lesson, I’m going to teach you how to start using a cool improvisation technique called ‘vertical playing’. This chordal based approach to improv will add all kinds of new possibilities into your soloing.…

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Jazz Harmony: Learn This Cool Chord Progression Trick

Would you like to learn more about jazz harmony? Want to learn a cool move you can use to spice up hundreds of the songs you play? Well, you’ve come to the right place! In today’s jazz harmony lesson I’m going to teach you a really tasty way you can reinvent the #1 chord progression in jazz.…

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Learn Jazz Piano Comping

Would you like to improve your jazz comping skills? Want to learn some sweet jazz piano chords that you can use to comp over hundreds of jazz tunes? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In today’s free video lesson I’m going to show you how to play 3 tasty jazz comping voicing. Plus, I’ll…

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