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A New Jazz Accompaniment Style For You

It's not really NEW, but it might be new to YOU. A contemporary rhythmic addition to your playing; the all-syncopated straight 8th style which originates from the Brazilian Polka style of guitar playing. Have fun with it and let me know if it was helpful to you!

Aimee Nolte Live At The Merc (May 4, 2017)

Personnel: Aimee Nolte (piano vocal) Mike Scott (guitar) Bruce Lett (bass) Kendall Kay (drums)
Tracks: So In Love, Moon River, If I Should Lose You, Stars Fell On Alabama, I Remember You.
Filmed on a Panasonic Lumix GH8 Recording mic mounted on camera: Rode Videomicro Compact Aimee's vocal mic: American Audio VPS-80
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Aimee Nolte Music

Aimee Nolte on YouTube. Hundreds of videos: performaces, piano lessons, scat lessons, tutorials and much much more! Enjoy

Aimee Nolte: Light my Fire

Aimee Nolte: Light my Fire - Jazz cover

Aimee, Mike Scott (guitar), Roger Shew (bass), and Sean Fitzpatrick (drums) play Aimee's arrangement of "Light My Fire" at The Hip Kitty. February 5, 2015

Aimee's Top 25 Jazz Standards To Know

Aimee's Top 25 Jazz Standards To Know

Aimee's Top 25 jazz songs to know & autograph. People often wonder which jazz tunes they should learn first. I have carefully selected 25 of the most important jazz standards, and placed them in an order that I think is good for beginners.

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All The Things You Are: Jazz Improvisation Lesson

All The Things You Are: Jazz Improvisation Lesson

For instrumentalists and singers: A very detailed look at the first 8 bars of the popular standard. Discussion includes a very melodic and "ears" approach, modes to use, chord tones to aim for, bebop lines and how to create them, and rhythmic placement of lines to add an element of surprise to your solo.

Amazing 14 Year Old Jazz Violinist, Gianna Pedregon

Amazing 14 Year Old Jazz Violinist, Gianna Pedregon

Gianna's father contacted me and asked if I had room for his daughter to take some lessons. After hearing her play, you'll know why I jumped at the chance. We are having a blast together, and she's working so hard, I just had to share it with you.

Bill Evans transcriptions

Take a look at my collection of transcriptions with me, and find out how you can choose one!

Classic Jazz Licks And How To Phrase Them

Classic Jazz Licks And How To Phrase Them

Phrasing is everything. Learn some iconic phrases from jazz greats with me and practice articulating the phrase with precision! Buy the pdf with licks written out with syllables.

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Comping On Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas"

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Some ideas about how to comp on this classic jazz standard, as well as a fun idea at the end of the video based on montuno rhythms. If you'd like the worksheet for that final idea, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I'll get it to you! Comping On Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas"

Comping Rhythms For Jazz Piano

Now that you can walk a bass line, and know which notes to play for a nice 4-note voicing sound with your right hand, let's talk about rhythm and give you something to practice!

Discovering Bill Evans Part 3: Danny Boy

Discovering Bill Evans Part 3: Danny Boy

In this video, we pick apart Bill's 1962 recording of Danny Boy from the album Empathy that he made with Shelly Manne and Monty Budwig. We uncover some important elements of his solo piano playing, as well as some insight into his trio playing. The most important element of this recording in my opinion is the way he makes you...........wait for it.

Discovering McCoy Tyner

Discovering McCoy Tyner

Using Mr. Tyner's playing from "My Favorite Things," this video looks at what a tempered, patient, calculated player he can be, and at the same time invent timeless melodies and demonstrate amazing technical prowess. I hope this video makes you an even bigger fan than you already were! Lesson available: Discovering McCoy Tyner worksheet

Discovering McCoy Tyner worksheet

Discovering McCoy Tyner worksheet

Using Mr. Tyner's playing from "My Favorite Things," this video looks at what a tempered, patient, calculated player he can be, and at the same time invent timeless melodies and demonstrate amazing technical prowess. I hope this video makes you an even bigger fan than you already were!

This PDF is ONLY page 6 of the transcription. Not the entirety.

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Expand Your Hearing! Minor 2 5 1 Exercise

This is an exercise that takes you through all 12 keys, using a minor ii V i lick, that will help you to be able to hear an altered dominant extension...a triad, based on the flat five of the dominant chord. I like this one because it's melodic and pretty and can be easily used in improvisation while soloing over tunes.

Footprints For Solo Piano

Footprints for solo piano

A fairly simple arrangement of the Wayne Shorter composition, Footprints, for solo piano. This arrangement teaches block style chords, harmonizing the melody in C dorian and F dorian, as well as utilizing triadic upper extensions.
"Footprints" is a jazz standard composed by Wayne Shorter, first appearing on his 1966 album Adam's Apple. The best-known recorded version is on the 1966 Miles Davis album Miles Smiles.

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Freedom Jazz Dance Jazz Scat

Freedom Jazz Dance Jazz Scat

Freedom Jazz Dance” is a jazz-rock piece that was composed by Eddie Harris in 1965. The “free” in the title comes from the fact that there’s only one chord, a Bb7, and during your solos you can basically play anything you like over it, going “inside” and “outside” at will.

Freestyle Scat Singing

Freestyle Scat Singing

Parked the car. PARKED. Not driving :-) And started singing. It's fun sometimes to just see what comes out. Thanks for watching!

Genius Jamtracks

Practise your favourite Jazz songs with this interactive and unpredictable Play-along. Genius Jamtracks opens the door to the world of the polyrhythmic jazz vocabulary established by the great jazz improvisers.

Polyrhythms, long part of the jazz vocabulary, were consolidated and brought to a whole new level in the early 60s by the masters of that era and are a core element of contemporary jazz improvisation and composition.

Genius Jamtracks is available for IPhone, IPad and soon it will be available for Android too.

Have You Met Miss Jones For Solo Piano

Here is a jazz tutorial to help improve the way you think about arranging standards. Using Have You Met Miss Jones, we build a solo piano arrangement, incorporating moving inner voices and using chromaticism. There is a work sheet to go along with this video and you can get it by writing to me.

How To Go About Learning The Bebop Language

I am answering questions from viewers in this lesson about how to go about learning to play in the bebop style. We discuss learning heads, and the advantages and disadvantage is to Charlie Parkers OmniBook. It's a little bit of philosophy and a little bit of preaching by me. :) Stick with me. I think these things are important.

How To Improvise Over Rhythm Changes

A two-part series about how to improvise over these famous chord changes. In this video, we talk about how to use the blues to make our way over Rhythm Changes and sound super hip. Watch for part two where we will discuss Bebop lines.

Jake Reichbart - Jazz guitarist

Jake Reichbart is an amazing guitarist! He plays mainly fingerstyle guitar and he can play any song in a sophisticated guitar arrangement! He has a great Youtube channel where he publish a new song each week.

Jazz Lesson: How To FREAKING SWING

Chances are, if you're a beginning jazzer, you don't swing yet. You may think that you do...but you probably don't yet! I was once you. This is how I learned to swing. Hope it helps all you future swingin cats.

My (Not So) Top Secret (Anymore) Practice Method: Point & Sing

Singers AND instrumentalists: I don't want you to sound like a robot when you improvise. Let's get you sounding like a thoughtful, feeling person, who can hear their way through changes without having to memorize patterns. I want to make HONEST musicians out of you. Point & Sing is the best way I know of to accomplish that!

My LOAD Of Transcriptions (And How You Can Get Your Hands On Them)

Bill Evans - Aimee Nolte - Transcriptions

There was a time when I was a professional transcriber. Take a look at my collection of transcriptions with me, and find out how you can choose one! Many pianists, and SO MUCH BILL EVANS, including the complete solo piano transcriptions of "People" and "Danny Boy"

New Orleans Blues Riffs For Piano (Part 3)

Another swingin blues idea for you! This one fits with the others from parts 1 and 2, and is the perfect way to increase your Blues vocabulary. Key of G.

Oscar Peterson Boogie Blues Piano Tutorial

From Oscar's "Boogie Blues Etudes" , live in London, 1974, we start at 2:10 and learn the walking boogie bass left hand. I found a better video of the concert than I show in the tutorial. This is it: https://youtu.be/SewFqU5SjuE

Oscar Peterson: Soulful Licks From Ronnie Scott's 1974

This video follows this one: https://youtu.be/P4pKqoj1HKI and this time we focus on the right hand! These are some amazingly soulful and bluesy lines! You're going to love it! If you'd like the worksheet, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Play Along With Aimee: Green Dolphin & Someday My Prince

Play Along With Aimee: Green Dolphin & Someday My Prince

Ever wish I would just keep quiet and play? Ha! Today is your lucky day. "I Accompany You" is a new series where I give you a chance to play while I take a back seat and provide you with a play along.

Play Along With Aimee: Green Dolphin & Someday My Prince [MP3]

Play Along With Aimee: Green Dolphin & Someday My Prince

Ever wish I would just keep quiet and play? Ha! Today is your lucky day. "I Accompany You" is a new series where I give you a chance to play while I take a back seat and provide you with a play along. It's also a chance to video yourself playing along with me and send it in for a chance to be in my "I Accompany You | Submissions" video soon!

Rick Beato

Rick Beato is guitarist, a producer and an amazing teacher. Has his own studio called Black Dog Sound based in Atlanta, GA.

Skylark For Solo Stride Piano

Skylark For Solo Stride Piano

This is a tutorial for a simple arrangement I made of this Hoagy Carmichael classic. Perfect for beginners and pretty enough for any level. Key of C major.

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Soloing Over Rhythm Changes: Bebop Bebop Bebop

Soloing Over Rhythm Changes: Bebop Bebop Bebop

Hang out with me and let's talk about how to play and construct classic bebop lines. We will use ideas from Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk and all the bebop greats to make our way over these changes and sound melodic and hip while we do so!

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Step Up Your Soul With A Tritone Sub

Step Up Your Soul With A Tritone Sub

Leading to the IV chord with a tritone substitution is one of the quickest ways I know of to sound like a legit gospel/soul piano player. Check it out with me!

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The Future Of Jazz: How To Take A Neo Soul Solo

The Future Of Jazz: How To Take A Neo Soul Solo

Rob Araujo is an up and coming jazz/neo soul star and I'm so fortunate to know him! Hang out with me as we deconstruct one of the hippest solos ever and discover how Rob's bebop and Glasper roots have shaped him into the player he has become.

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The Giant Steps Challenge

The Giant Steps Challenge

"Giant Steps" - In this video, we discuss how this marvelous John Coltrane composition is put together, what might have led to it's conception, how to really get it under your belt, how you can be a part of the Giant Steps Challenge, and start to improvise like a pro! To participate in the challenge (that has no prize, but is just for fun!) simply record a video of yourself singing the challenge, and post it on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the hashtag #AimeesGiantStepsChallenge so that we can all give you virtual high fives and encourage each other as well!

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The Most Amazing Bill Evans Chords

The Most Amazing Bill Evans Chords

Bill Evans was so creative in the way he chose voicings for chords. Let's take a close look at some of my favorite chord voicings from his playing and learn how we can improve our playing!

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Thelonius Monk - Friday The 13th - lesson

Thelonius Monk - Friday The 13th - lesson

Aimee's transcription of this Monk tune - Enjoy! Using my transcription of the Thelonius Monk composition, "Friday The 13th," we learn about the rhythmic, harmonic, melodic, and structural elements that make up his unmistakable sound.

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There Will Never Be Another You

There Will Never Be Another You

Just a fun improvisation on this wonderful tune. If anyone would like to transcribe it, I will teach you a free Skype lesson and then put the transcription up on my website! Email me if you're interested and have a great weekend!

PS. SANTIAGO HERNANDEZ did theThere Will Never Be Another You - SOLO

There Will Never Be Another You (Bebop With Limits)

There Will Never Be Another You (Bebop With Limits)

Here's a Bebop exercise over the changes of "There Will Never Be Another You" for all musicians...to enhance your creativity and build your Bebop box of tools. By imposing a "limit," you lengthen your creativity.

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Typical Jazz Endings And How To "Call" Them

Typical Jazz Endings And How To "Call" Them

How to make your band sound like you have practiced together when in actuality, you never have. Here is a little trick that I use when I am in that situation, to make polished endings that sound like you had planned them.

You Hip To The Sharp Nine?

In this video we spend time discussing the minor ii V i and some ideas involving the sharp nine to play over the altered dominant chord. Lesson available with PDF

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Aimee Nolte performs in duos, trios, and big bands as a jazz pianist and singer.

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Up Till Now - 2005
Just Us - 2010 by Aimee Nolte & Hideaki Tokunaga