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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.

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"

Day and Night and Day

Skirt & Suit combines the Kid Cudi jam with Frank Sinatra's "Night and Day" for a one-of-kind experience.

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 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!

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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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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.

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.

Scat Singing (Jazz Tutorial) For BEGINNERS (Part 3)

It's time to talk about which notes to sing. Who better to learn from, but the amazing, Bill Evans. If you thought we were done with Autumn Leaves, you were wrong! Let's go!

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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Song For My Father: Latin Comping Rhythms

Song For My Father: Latin Comping Rhythms

Let's transcribe a chorus of comping rhythms, as provided by the great Horace Silver. Learn about syncopated Latin rhythms, as well as simple rhythms on the beat and how a variety can make your playing so tasty!

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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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