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$175,000 Piano Vs $13,000 Piano

$175,000 Piano Vs $13,000 Piano

Can You Hear The Difference between my 5'3 Baby Grand and this 7'4 expensive Bösendorfer? Using my Rode NT4 stereo condenser microphone record,, I play you two examples and quiz you to see if you can tell the difference between expensive and well...cheaper. Thanks to Keyboard Concepts of Santa Monica for the opportunity to play this beast! It was so fun.

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!

Accompanying Yourself Playlist (Intro)

Accompanying Yourself Playlist (Intro)

Ever wish you could play piano while you sing? Maybe you wish you could play for your students or other vocalists, or instrumentalists. In this series, I teach you all of the important steps to start to be REALLY good at it! Walking bass lines, voicings, rhythms, styles...it's all right here.

Aimee Nolte Music

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

Autumn Leaves - For Bobby McFerrin

Autumn Leaves - For Bobby McFerrin

For over half my life, I've been inspired by Bobby McFerrin. My drive to be better, to push myself, and to always be working on something interesting comes from what I've learned from listening to his recordings and watching everything "Bobby-related" on the internet that I can find. This is a video to say thank you and tell Mr. McFerrin and the whole world what an impact his music and teaching have had on me. Much thanks and love. Aimee

Bebop Scale Fingerings

Bebop Scale Fingerings

The bebop scale is a descending major scale, with a flatted seventh added that is typically used over a dominant or V7 chord when improvising. Let's make sure we know how to finger it.

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Bonnie Raitt Songs!

Bonnie Raitt Songs!

Playing a Live Stream Concert of all my favorite Bonnie Raitt tunes, in anticipation of her concert this weekend in Indio, CA. To donate to my channel, please click here: https://paypal.me/aimn

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

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!

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Diatonic Mediant And Submediant Modulations

Diatonic Mediant And Submediant Modulations

Temporary modulations to the mediant and submediant are very common in jazz and popular music. It's important to learn to recognize them when they occur, hear the difference between them and know how to predict them when playing chords by ear.

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.

Donald's Improv Lesson

Donald's Improv Lesson

This is my new friend, Donaldo who stopped by for a lesson on his trip to Los Angeles. He's visiting from Nicaragua and he's trying to learn how to build a jazz solo. I was so happy to help! If you'd like to support my channel, you can donate here: https://paypal.me/aimn

Easy Country Piano

Easy Country Piano

The easiest way I know of to teach beginning country piano playing. Impress all your rowdy friends by being able to play almost any country song while they sing along!

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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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How To Play Any Jazz Standard For Solo Piano - Bluesette

How To Play Any Jazz Standard For Solo Piano - Bluesette

By using 3 simple elements, you can take nearly any jazz standard and arrange it for solo piano. Hang out and see how by playing a simple bass line, the melody, some 3rd and 7 comping rhythms, and harmonizing in 3rds and 6ths can transform your playing. Bluesette is a jazz standard, composed by Toots Thielemans. It was composed in the key of B-flat major. First recorded by Toots Thielemans in 1961, with lyrics added by Norman Gimbel, the song became an international hit.

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Jazz Lesson On A $138,000 Bosendorfer

Jazz Lesson On A $138,000 Bosendorfer

Shot from Keyboard Concepts in Santa Monica, CA, I met up with UCLA vocal jazz major, Katie Ward to have a lesson on this 7' 4" Bösendorfer 225 that retails for $175,000 but is ON SALE for $138,000. I watched Gerald Clayton give a recital on this piano, recently and was blown away by the EXTRA 4 notes added to the bottom to make this a 92 key piano.  If you'd like to donate to support my channel, please do so here: https://paypal.me/aimn

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.

Jazz Piano Comping With Open And Closed Voicings

Jazz Piano Comping With Open And Closed Voicings

Using the tune, "But Not For Me," I discuss open and close comping voicings for jazz piano. Email me if you would like a worksheet to go along with this video.

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 Piano

New Orleans Blues Piano Lesson

New Orleans blues, is a subgenre of blues music and a variation of Louisiana blues that developed in the 1940s and 1950s in and around the city of New Orleans, rooted by the rich blues roots of the city going back generations earlier. Strongly influenced by jazz and incorporated Caribbean influences, it is dominated by piano and saxophone but has also produced major guitar bluesmen. Major figures in the genre include Professor Longhair and Guitar Slim, who both produced major regional, R&B chart and even mainstream hits.

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New Orleans Blues Piano Lick (Part 4)

Want to add some 16th notes to your blues playing, like a BOSS? Make sure you watch the other 3 videos first and then learn this lick that is sure to boost your blues game!

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.

Rock piano tutorial

Rock piano tutorial

Make Friends And Get Dates By Playing Rock Piano! Part two of my How To Play Rock Piano series.

San Francisco Bay Blues - Performance and Tutorial

San Francisco Bay Blues - Performance and Tutorial

I have loved this ever since I heard it on Eric Clapton's Unplugged album. This is a bluesy, folk-roots style of piano playing I am working on, trying to imitate the guitar picking styles of old masters like Merle Travis.

Stella By Starlight (Piano Solo)

Stella By Starlight (Piano Solo)

"Stella by Starlight" is one of the most popular standards, ranked number 10 by the website jazzstandards.com. Its May 1947 recording by Harry James and his orchestra reached the 21st place in the pop charts. Two months later, the recording by Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl and his orchestra also rose to the 21st position. "Stella by Starlight" is a popular song by Victor Young that was drawn from thematic material composed for the main title and soundtrack of the 1944 Paramount Pictures film, The Uninvited.

The Coolest New Orleans Blues Piano Lick (Part 2)

The hippest, dirtiest Dr. John kind of New Orleans blues lick/fill you will ever learn. Key of G, but also very easy to modulate in C, F, and Bb with the same fingering!

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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This Masquerade Piano Solo

This Masquerade Piano Solo

In 1973, The Carpenters recorded This Masquerade and released it on their "Now & Then" album. Richard Carpenter took a masterful solo, rich with bebop language and harmonic and scalular devices. Hang out and analyze this solo with me and let's discuss the genius of this duo.

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Up Till Now - 2005
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