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.
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: Have You Met Miss Jones For Solo Piano (with moving inner voices)
Let's examine how Bill Evans could use a very few amount of notes to evoke an immense amount of emotion. Blue In Green.
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.
As promised, a lesson about how to lay down a good funk groove on this classic pop tune: Just The Two Of Us - a 1981 R&B single written by Bill Withers, William Salter and Ralph MacDonald, and recorded by Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers. The song originally appeared on Washington's album Winelight (1980) - This video follows my Aimee's Mini House Concert: Just The Two Of Us - a concert video from yesterday where I perform in this exact style. Se also What Do You Think About When You Improvise
I love this song. There's a scat solo in the middle and an instructional video for how to play the piano part in my next video - Funk Piano Tutorial: Just The Two Of Us!
Take a look at my collection of transcriptions with me, Sound of Love - My Man’s Gone Now - Nardis - How Deep is the Ocean - Lucky to be me - Danny Boy - Blue in Green - Israel - Milestone - People ... and more...
The first in my new series about how you can practice jazz in your car. We sing our way through the roots of "All The Things You Are" and talk about why it's important to do so.