Understanding Jazz Theory (Part 1): 3 Most Important Jazz Theory Concepts For A Beginner

Bijan TaghaviBeginner, TheoryLeave a Comment

 4 Chords Families While these are not the only chord families, these 4 are the main families that make up the diatonic series: Major 7th Symbols: M7, Ma7, Maj7, Δ7 Dominant 7th Symbols: 7, dom7 Minor 7th Symbols: m7, mi7, min7, -7 Minor 7 Flat 5 or Half-Diminished  Symbols: m7(b5), min7(b5), ø7 Next, it is important to understand their chord … Read More

Piano Voicings – Similar sounds, pt.1

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By Sam Griffith It is very easy to get so involved with harmonic substitutions, we forget about simple things we can do to harmony. In many cases, a small adjustment such as leaving a specific note out, or changing the quality of a chord can completely change the sound of the song. Frequently these little changes can trigger other, potentially … Read More

My Jazz Piano Freedom: What’s Helped & Hurt

Brenden LoweAbout, Uncategorized7 Comments

I’ve always been fascinated by the education process of jazz piano. As many of you know, I had a hard time learning jazz piano. It wasn’t until later in my career that I found out that most people actually have a hard time learning jazz piano. The typical student would follow the same path- or lack there of, I should … Read More

8 YouTube Channels That Will Take Your Playing To the Next Level

Noah KellmanMisc5 Comments

8 YouTube Channels That Will Take Your Playing To the Next Level Stop. I mean, stop clicking random YouTube videos and losing your precious practice time, because here we have a solution that will instantly save you time and lead you to best places to learn about jazz and see it performed by the greats. You’re welcome. Here are some … Read More

Problem/Solution: What & How To Practice

Bijan TaghaviBeginner2 Comments

Last time we examined why we practice – which is to slow down the process, extract your internal information, and achieve a high level of control in order to best equip yourself to spontaneously create. Today I am going to offer solutions to the common questions: what and how should I practice? HOW TO PRACTICE Garry Dial once told me … Read More

SAQ: Why Do We Practice?

Bijan TaghaviImprovisation2 Comments

A common FAQ is “What Should I Practice?”. But a more important SAQ (“should ask question”) is “Why Do I Practice?”. Many have defined practicing as “the act of rehearsing a behavior over and over, or engaging in an activity again and again, for the purpose of improving or mastering it, as in the phrase ‘practice makes perfect’”. While that … Read More

How To Command Your Left Hand Like Bill Evans

Noah KellmanImprovisation2 Comments

When playing in the trio setting, a jazz pianist’s left hand is often an afterthought, a purely supportive entity that acts out of reflex rather than thought. Too commonly, pianists spend hours at a time improving their right-handed lines without paying attention to their left-handed choices. There is a trend of simply falling back on specific shapes that the hand … Read More

Early McCoy vs Late McCoy: How McCoy Tyner’s Playing Style Evolved Over Time

Bijan TaghaviImprovisation4 Comments

McCoy Tyner is unquestionably one of the most influential jazz pianists to date, with one of the most clearly recognizable sounds. But McCoy’s sound changed drastically – arguably more than any other jazz musician – as he evolved from a mainstream hard-bop player to an innovative post-bop player who defined a new approach to improvisation using pentatonics and quartal harmony. … Read More