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Nov 08, 2021

Learn to play jazz on your own - step by step guide

We usually think about jazz as a formal study at a university such as Berkelee or Oberlin. Or perhaps, as more of an understudy or apprenticeship, where an upcoming student learns directly from a master. And don’t get me wrong, having a great teacher will really help in your study, but it’s not strictly required for you to become an accomplished player. In this article I’ll break down an approach to learning jazz on your own, at home, without a teacher.

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Apr 05, 2021

Every chord symbol found on lead sheets

In this article you'll find every chord symbol you are likely to encounter while playing from lead sheets or The Real Book. Everything from chord symbols with triangles, circles or chord extension are explained here in detail.

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Mar 22, 2021

Soloing Using Modes of the Melodic Minor Scale

The melodic minor scale provides all kinds of different options for soloing over altered dominant chords. In this article we explore each of the 7 modes of the melodic scale, and how they work over different chords.

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Feb 01, 2021

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.

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Jan 29, 2021

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.

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Jan 26, 2021

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.

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Jan 23, 2021

Episode 2: Jeremy Siskind

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

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Jan 20, 2021

Episode 1: Jonny May

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

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Dec 07, 2020

How to play in the style of Red Garland

Learn how to play in the signature style of Red Garland using his famous left hand comping patterns.

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Sep 29, 2020

3-Note Jazz Piano Voicings

3-note jazz voicings are the simplest way to play 7th chords. They are great for beginners, but don't underestimate them -- the professionals use them all the time too.

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