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America The Beautiful - Jazz pianist deconstructs Ray Charles
Let's deconstruct Ray Charles' masterful arrangement of America the Beautiful to understand the history and harmony behind this great song, and how Ray uses music to inspire us to come together for a better America.
I took the Mii Channel theme to a jazz club
I arranged the Nintendo Mii Channel theme for jazz trio, and added a son-montuno section to improvise over.
Barry Harris 6th Diminished (with real examples)
Barry Harris' 6th diminished scale provides a simple to understand explanation of jazz (especially bebop) harmony. But just because it's simple to understand, doesn't mean it's easy. This video shows real world examples of the scale in action, and provides you with practice techniques.
Beautiful, Spicy Dominant Chords (every jazz pianist should know)
10 different ways to voice dominant 7th chords on the piano, including altered dominant voicings from Barry Harris.
You Too, Can Play Blues Kazoo
Not a day goes by where some kid passes me on the street and asks "Hey Mr. Josh, will you teach me how to play blues kazoo?!"
Well kid, today is your lucky day.
Blackbird - Jazz pianist deconstructs Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau's interpretation of Blackbird (Lennon / McCartney) from Art of the Trio in 1996.
C Jam Blues - Jazz pianist deconstructs Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson's recording of C Jam Blues is one of the great bebop standards. In this video we explore 5 jazz licks transcribed from that recording.
Can I learn the hardest bebop tune?
Can I master the famously terrifying Charlie Parker standard, Donna Lee?
Jazz Up Your Hymns - 5 Levels of Reharmonization
In this video we take a classic hymn, Amazing Grace, and we reharmonize it 5 ways with increasing jazz harmony.
Your First Jazz Piano Lesson
Learning to play jazz as a classically trained pianist comes with many challenges. Playing "off-the-cuff" from a lead sheet, and making it unique with each performance.