This is a sampling of my 7 video bebop series for instrumentalists and vocalists. Using the blues, the bebop scale, classic licks from Bird and Diz, and much more, learn how to become a great bebop soloist and let's have some fun while we do it!
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
Learn to accompany yourself or someone else over this beautiful jazz standard.
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Make sure to watch Part 1 about McCoy Tyner And Anticipatory Pentatonics before watching this video which analyzes the quartal harmony and complexities that make up "that Tyner sound."
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Jazz Piano: 2nd Step - 3rds, 7s, And Melody On Misty - This video follows "Jazz Piano: WHERE TO START (ii V7 Is with 3rds & 7s)" and shows you how to apply what you learned about roots, 3rds and 7s to the jazz standard, Misty.
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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!
Merry Christmas, everybody. This is one of my very favorites. I'll teach the piano accompaniment in my next video. Stay tuned!
Use this groove to play Please Come Home For Christmas or any other 12/8 doo-wop or R&B tune and have fun for days!
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Make Friends And Get Dates By Playing Rock Piano! Part two of my How To Play Rock Piano series.
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.
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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Taking the tune, Summertime, we discuss what a "2 feel" is, and how the different players of the rhythm section go about playing it, and when to use it. Also shown, is an accompaniment style for playing this tune.
SWV "Weak" Challenge - FREE PDF and MP3