We go a further down the rabbit hole and explore some of the way you can begin to use the modal interchange chords we discussed in the last episode for reharm. I also talk about my favorite ways to use these chords and how to optimize their beautiful harmonies.
On Monday, October 2nd, 2017 I had the privilege of participating in Barry Harris’ Masterclass at Manhattan School of Music as his ginny pig pianist. Barry is a bebop pioneer whose teaching has played an important part in the development of many jazz musicians. Here are 3 takeaways from what he showed me at this specific masterclass: Diminished Scale is … Read More
Modal Interchange starts to dive head first into the theory rabbit hole for sure. But in this episode, I’ll cover the basics of what it is, where you’ll see it and how you can start to use it in your playing!
I announce the contents winners for our podcast review and giveaway more prizes to everyone who entered. Meanwhile we explore rhythmic comping for harmonic movements.
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
Not to take anything away from Keith on this one, but we reached PODCAST 100!
Kind of crazy if you ask me? When I think about to all the hurdles, and problems we had to get through, I can’t believe we’ve come this far.
In order to celebrate we’re giving away 2 amazing gifts. #1 A LIFETIME membershipt to jazz piano. Yes you read that correctly. And #2 – A free reserved membership to our new “Lab” this is coming by the end of the year.
Now in order to enter all you have to do is give the podcast a 5 start rating and write a brief review. I mean it could literally say “This podcast rocks!” and you will be entered to win 1 of 2 memberships to Jazz Piano School.
Here are the directions.
1. Click this link to the Jazz Piano School Podcast.
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4. Click “Write A Review”
5. Write a review and leave a 5 star rating and we will enter you in.
REMEMBER: You have to write a review because that is the only way we’ll know your name.
We will announce the winner at the start of the following week’s podcast.
The great thing about the entry is that you’re helping spread the love of jazz piano education to others around the world.
Back to Keith. Keith Jarrett is brilliant at the way he moves his inner voicings around. Especially in a ballad. This can clearly be seen in this week’s analysis of “Someone To Watch Over Me”. Please enjoy!
Herbie has always been a god in the jazz piano world. In this iconic track, Seven Steps To Heaven, we take a look at how Herbie is burnin’ it up all over the place. He’s got some beginner movements mixed with some advanced concepts. Anyone can learn from taking a look at this one. Enjoy!
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
Bill Evans was one of the greats for a reason…well…multiple reasons. In this episode we take a look at the phrasing, subtleties, rhythmic motifs, and note selection of Bill Evans in this solo off one his famous albums, “Explorations”.
It’s the small nuances and attention to detail that will take your playing to the next level. What sound are you trying to create? How do you get it? After you’ve learned the building blocks of jazz improvisation, these transcription analysis will help put you on top.