Category Archives: Standards

How To Make Your Jazz Song Endings Sound Cooler

In today’s lesson we’re going to learn a technique you can use to make the endings to your jazz arrangements and songs much more interesting. Most jazz songs tend to end with the typical II-V-I chord progression (2-5-1). We’re going to mess with this! 🙂 (Video piano lesson, tips, and music notation below). Now, I…

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Jazz Masters Method Special Video Blog Thank You

Hey everybody! Today’s post is going to be short but sweet. I’m truly humbled right now. I’d like to thank everybody who’s ordered the Jazz Masters Method DVD so far during this launch week. The response has been simply been AMAZING. I am truly blessed!  Thank you!! I prepared a quick little video blog as I…

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Free Lesson And A Big Announcement

Hey Friends, I hope you’ve had a GREAT week so far. I can’t believe another week has passed and the weekend is fast approaching! (I’m excited though as I’m going on a 15 mile hike through some trails in Wisconsin. So, keep your fingers crossed I make it in one piece!) Ok, now onto the…

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Barry Harris Rhythm Changes Transcription Lesson

One of the best ways to really learn how to play jazz is to listen and study the playing of the masters. So, in today’s free jazz lesson we’re going to do an in depth study of a Barry Harris solo. Barry Harris took this solo on the tune “Moose the Mooche”. The chords to…

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How To Play Here’s That Rainy Day-Reharmonization Lesson

We all want to learn more about jazz chords don’t we? We love the way (fill in your favorite jazz musician here) plays but for some reason we can’t seem to figure out what they’re doing. Great jazz musicians tend to play so much more than what’s on a plain old chord chart.  So, how can…

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Learn How To Apply 10 New Piano Chords To The Jazz Tune Autumn Leaves

This jazz piano lesson is going to be a monster one! Not only are we going to learn 10 new jazz chords but we’ll also learn how to apply them to the tune Autumn Leaves. These powerful chords I’m going to teach you are known as “rootless 2 handed piano voicings”. These piano chords are…

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5 Recommended Fake Books For Learning Jazz

You need music to play right? Do you have time to transcribe all your favorite jazz recordings and slowly build a library of your own personalized jazz charts? How can you learn music more quickly without investing hours and hours trying to learn songs of recordings.  Enter the fake book! A fake book is sort…

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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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