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Summer Music Theory Classes Will Change Your Life

by Scot Ranney on January 18, 2016

When should you start studying music theory? Yesterday.

I took a full year of college music theory in a heavy summer session at North Seattle Community College in 1984, the summer before I started my senior year of high school. Studying music theory that summer put me ahead of everyone else when I started taking music classes at the University of Washington, and even today my knowledge of music theory is way ahead of the curve, and I attribute that to my summer music theory inaguration.

Aprenda a tocar SALSA en piano

by albetan on December 05, 2015

Método para aprender a tocar SALSA en el piano, creando sus propios montunos en todas las tonalidades.

Patrones rítmicos de salsa en percusiones, guajes de piano y tumbaos de bajo. Aprenda a crear sus propios montunos en todas las tonalidades. Partituras de salsas famosas en arreglos para piano solo de Alberto Betancourt.

Top Ten Reasons Why Jazz Musicians Should Attend College

by Scot Ranney on August 10, 2015

I'm not saying you have to graduate, but it's important to go, at least for a while.

You can't hang out with Barry Harris like this if you don't go to college. Sure, you're an artist and want to do things your own way, but there are advantages to going to school for a while.

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  • Improvising Blues Piano - Tim Richards YouTube clips

    Scott gave my Improvising Blues Piano book a rave review some years ago, Last year I posted some free tuition clips linked to the book. They are linked to a few basic blues left-hand styles: 1. Walking Bass Lines2. Walking Bass Lines (two-bar patterns)3. 'Barrelhouse' Left Hand4. 'Yancey Special' Left Hand5. Left-hand Shuffle/The Rocks Hope some of you might find them useful. I've just posted some clips for my Exploring...

    by 05/26/2016, 4 replies
  • How to Reharmonise a song

    Hi all, Just made a video about how to reharmonise a song. It essentially involves changing the chords and/or melody of a song while taking the harmony (interaction between the melody and chords) and structure of the chord progression into account. There's also a link to a google doc that lists all possible reharmonisation chords for all 12 notes in the description. Check it out if you're interested. Cheers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhMCNhfZ8Iw ...

    by 06/04/2016, 1 reply from 06/12/2016
  • Exploring Jazz Piano (vol 1) - Tim Richards YouTube videos

    I've posted some free video clips relating to topics in my Exploring Jazz Piano book (see Scott's review in the Book review section): 1. Pentatonic Scales and Two-Chord Vamps2. Seventh Chords, Modes and Scale Patterns3. Horizontal and Vertical Improvisation4. II-V-I Sequences and Left-hand Shells5. Ninth Chords and Rootless Voicings Hope you find these useful. I'm aiming to post some more advanced clips for Vol 2 later this year.

    by 05/26/2016, 0 replies
  • New Course on Jazz and Pop Keyboards and Harmony, free lessons available

    Hi everyone, I've just launched a new online course about learning how to play jazz and pop chords and progressions on keyboard. At the same time, understand how they work and can be used to write and improvise, so of interest to any player, singer or writer. There's 3 free lessons at the just-completed Beginner level, which has 12 lessons, plus 2 each at Intermediate and Advanced. Full info about lesson content and Sign-up (no obligation) is at duncan-millar.com, - take a look! You can also view lesson...

    by 05/22/2016, 0 replies
  • How to Turn any Song into a Jazz song - incl. Reharmonisation

    Ever wanted to learn how to make a song sound Jazzy or how to reharmonize a song? I made a video lesson that covers a whole bunch of techniques that you can use to turn any song into a Jazz song. The techniques I go over include:- Playing 7th Chords- Extending the Chords Further- Altering the Chords- Choosing appropriate Chord Voicings- Reharmonisation- Embellishing the melodyCheck it out if you're interested.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkOu4K95DcQ ...

    by 03/31/2016, 1 reply from 04/21/2016
  • An Approach to Comping

    Hi all, I just wanted to pass some information on regarding jazz piano comping. I'm pleased to announce that An Approach to Comping: Vol. 2, Advanced Concepts and Techniques is now available (through Shermusic.com). It is a follow up to Vol. 1, The Essentials. Both volumes are dedicated to the subject of comping. The idea is that a student (or professional) would literally comp-along with great jazz records in order to start assimilating the language of comping. Several two-handed transcriptions are include...

    by 01/14/2016, 6 replies
  • Jazz Piano Templates

    Hello Everyone! I've been playing piano on and off for the last 10 years while playing bass in a jazz setting and in school but in the last 2 years I've taken more lessons and embarked on learning jazz piano itself and not just to fill in the gaps oy harmonic understanding on bass. I've gotten to the point where I can play all my major scales and modes in all 12 keys, shell and A/B voicings in all 12 keys, and Melodic Major and Harmonic Minor and Super Locrian in all 12 keys. I carry around Mark Levine's...

    by 01/06/2015, 3 replies
  • Jazz Improvisation Techniques - Free Youtube Lessons

    If you're interested in learning jazz improvisation check out my video link below. This series of videos goes through how to start improvising and a whole bunch of improvisation techniques you can use to make your solo sound more sophisticated and jazzy, including: targeting, bitonality, cycled patterns, symmetrical scales, avoid notes, as well as other important improv concepts.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gAtrP__G8U ...

    by 01/21/2016, 1 reply from 01/25/2016
  • Jazz Piano Lessons Free on Youtube

    If you want to learn Jazz or Blues piano and you're interested in understanding the theory underlying the music as well as how to actually play, then check out this Youtube Channel. It covers everything you need to know to understand and play Jazz and Blues. Learn everything from chord extensions and substitutions; passing chords; how to improvise using diatonic and non-diatonic scales, guide tones, cycled patterns, ambiguous scales, passing notes and the melody; to common chord progressions found in Jazz...

    by 12/06/2015, 2 replies
  • Charlie Parker

    Hi, I'm an italian jazz pianist and I just joined to this forum. For some months, I have been studying the themes of Charlie Parker (Billie's Bounce, Now's the time, Yardbird suite, Donna Lee, ecc....). In addition to Aebersold books, are there others books where to find new harmonies for piano? Thanks for the reply!...

    by 05/13/2014, 2 replies
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