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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hi. this is my first post. i've just received doug's dvd in the mail, after watching and listening to a couple of pieces i came across on youtube, and later on his own site. i'm really excited about what doug is doing. he makes most, if not all, of his material available totally free of charge on his website, which i think is an extraordinary gesture of generosity. when i found the option to order the dvd, i immediately wanted to support him by ordering it. sure, i could spend all my time online watching his videos, or downloading them, printing off pdf files, etc. but i wanted to support him for his generosity, so i ordered the dvd. it arrived very promptly (i live in australia; i think he's in the uk somewhere), and i just think it's a fantastically valuable resource, especially for anyone wanting to build their vocabulary of piano voicings, reharmonisations, runs, etc. it's also lovely just to listen to his playing, too!

i've found it a bit hard to get in touch with doug (i've tried emailing him a few times, but i'm guessing he's pretty busy), but he certainly was very quick to act when i ordered the dvd. i'm really curious about whether he's set things up this way as a deliberate business model, or whether he's just an incredibly generous guy who's not really expecting to make much from putting his material out there, but is at a stage of his life where he wants to share his skills and knowledge freely with others.  

i'm thinking of setting up a small online business of my own in a related, but different, area to doug's, and i'm wondering whether it would actually generate much income if i followed his lead, or whether it's best to put a modest price on most things, give away a few things, and perhaps have a "premium" option available as well. does anyone have any thoughts about this?
my guess is that doug mckenzie makes them available because he loves what he does. for the price he charges i doubt he does any better than recover his costs. he posts here perhaps he will shed some light for you. if you have the ability and time go ahead and give it a try. you will regret it if you don't.
sarry to be a party pooper, but is this the right way to learn? firstly, reading that score with all its syncopation is a nightmare for any painist. secondly if you did read the score and emulated it all - where would you be, you would be able to copy this one song sure.. but what else?

i much prefer willie myette, he slows things down, brakes them up and above all talks you through to a real understanding of what is going on harmonically.
in my book nice to listen to... but thats all.
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