way to go.

first of all, doug is the epitome of the true jazz pianist.

secondly his dvd is chock full of video that illustrates not only the chords and fingerings, but also includes comments on what he was thinking at individual moments during the tune.

his method for teaching jazz piano is absolutely state of the art!  

you don't believe me? then watch this treatment of "you must believe in spring" on youtube

here the screen is split into four panels:

top panel: mr mckenzie's hands

2nd panel: a virtual keyboard with the lh in red and the rh in green

3rd panel: sheet music notation that highlights the current song position

bottom panel: doug's comments on what he's doing with the song as it flies by

never before in the history of music has anyone created such a comprehensive and intuitive way to teach jazz piano.

not only are the videos an incredible learning tool, but they generally come with complementary midi files (that can be slowed down a la vanbasco) and pdf print-out of the sheet music.

that mr mckenzie has not been picked up by a major publishing company to market his innovative teaching system absolutely boggles the mind.

there are hundreds of full blown arrangements on this dvd, and just watching them (much less learning from them) will take you weeks if not months.

the songs that mr mckenzie improvises over are full of every trick in the book (and then some!), and they are all extremely entertaining in their own right, as mr mckenzie's style is just simply a joy to listen to. the man has got the magic touch - soul, groove, you name it!

so, do you really want to learn jazz piano? then buy doug mckenzie's dvd. it's all right there waiting for you!

contact doug at dougmck@tpg.com.au
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it is probably the most cost efficient and effective item i have ever purchased. i simply love it and mr. mckenzie is the greatest. thank you 7 for your efforts all the time and thanks mr. mckenzie for all of yours also.
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