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Featured image for Episode 1: Jonny May

Disneyland ragtime pianist Jonny May shows us how to take any song and play it in a variety of styles.


Featured image for Episode 2: Jeremy Siskind

Tips to get more out of your jazz piano practice sessions with these techniques from Jeremy Siskind.


Featured image for Episode 3: Arthur Migliazza

Arthur Migliazza, the king of boogie piano, walks us through the techniques in his arrangement of St. Louis Blues, and shows us how to build hand independence.


Featured image for Episode 4: Dr. Bob Lawrence

Dr. Bob Lawrence, founder of the Dallas School of Music and the Jazz Piano Skills podcast, shows us how to add excitement to our jazz improvisation using rhythmic variety.


Featured image for Episode 5: Chris Parks

Chris Parks studied jazz guitar with legendary jazz performer and educator, Barry Harris. On this episode, I get my first lesson in the Barry Harris method and Chris shares his stories from his days in the classroom with the master.


  1. Episode 1: Jonny May

  2. Episode 2: Jeremy Siskind

  3. Episode 3: Arthur Migliazza

  4. Episode 4: Dr. Bob Lawrence

  5. Episode 5: Chris Parks

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Featured image for 3-Note Jazz Piano Voicings3-Note Jazz Piano Voicings

3-note jazz voicings are an entry level jazz piano topic, but that doesn't mean they are easy. Learning these voicings will take you many hours of practice, and could take you weeks or months of study to become fluent.

Featured image for How to use Sharp-11 ChordsHow to use Sharp-11 Chords

A sharp-11 chord can be little intimidating of a concept, especially if you are new to playing jazz, but it's actually one of the most common ways to color major and dominant chords. In this article, we’ll explore various ways to use this chord in your playing.

Featured image for What is an avoid note in jazz?What is an avoid note in jazz?

An avoid note is any note in the scale that is a half-step away from a note in the chord being played. As an example, playing an F on top of a C major chord sounds dissonant, since it's a half step above E, the third of the chord.

Featured image for Is Ragtime Hard to Play?Is Ragtime Hard to Play?

One of the most common questions I hear from beginning piano students is "can I learn to play Maple Leaf Rag?" Or, "Is The Entertainer approachable as a beginner?"

Featured image for Fundamental Jazz Chord ProgressionsFundamental Jazz Chord Progressions

A chord progression is a set of chords played in sequence. These progressions set a songs harmonic structure, and when combined with a melody, they create lead sheets for jazz standards.

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