Articles in Jazz Piano Lessons from category intermediate

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Walking bass on the piano can be one of the coolest things ever. Lucky for us, it's easy to do. In this lesson we'll take a look at scale style and intervalic bass lines, and even mix them up a bit. Once you have some basic rules down, you'll be able to make bass lines over any chord progression.
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Solo piano can be a mystery to new jazz pianists. How do you mix voicings, improvisation, bass, melody, and timing all together to make a song out of it? A lot of that comes with experience of course, but it helps to have some solid ideas to work with when working on a tune. We'll explore some good ones using "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" as an example.
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In Jazz Piano, reharmonization separates the men from the boys. It is something that comes with experience and the never ending, "Wow, that was cool!" type of discovery that occurs every time you practice. In this section I'll go over some of the basic principles of reharmonization as I know it.
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We spend so much time learning how to play lines and such in our right hand that sometimes the left hand is left out of the picture. In this lesson we take a look at "Beautiful Love" and ways of using our left hand to make this a bigger and better tune to play. The strategies here are also very useful for learning tunes.
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Advanced jazz blues steps it up from the basic blues by introducing new 12 bar blues chord progressions such as minor blues and Parker blues. Also included are new chords and ways to make the simple blues more interesting by adding some 2-5's to the mix.

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Scot Ranney's Jazz Piano Notebook, Volume 1 - jazz piano tricks of the trade

Volume 1 of this educational jazz piano book contains 15 jazz piano exercises, tricks, and other interesting jazz piano techniques, voicings, grooves, and ideas Scot Ranney enjoys playing.

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Scot Ranney's Jazz Piano Notebook, Volume 2 - jazz piano tricks of the trade you can use today

Volume 2 has 14 jazz piano exercises and tricks of the trade, and quite a bit of it is Calypso jazz piano related material, including some Monty Alexander and Michel Camilo style grooves. Jazz piano education is through the ears, but books like this can help.

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Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Notebook - jazz piano tricks of the trade

Volume 3 contains 12 jazz piano exercises and explorations by the acclaimed jazz piano educator, pianist, author, and recording artist Tim Richards.

Tim wrote the well known "Exploring Jazz Piano" and "Improvising Blues Piano" books and has several others to his name.

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Jeff Brent's Jazz Piano Notebook - jazz piano tricks of the trade

Volume 4 is by Jeff Brent, a jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and author of "Modalogy" and other acclaimed jazz theory and education books. In this book Jeff shares detailed analysis of transcriptions of live performances. He covers everything from the shape of the songs to the tricks and licks he uses in improvised lines to the ideas behind his lush chord voicings.

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