JPS Ep:144 – Improve Your Modal Playing in 10 Minutes with “The Coltrane Scale”

This quick tool will give you a new way to think about improvising in a modal jazz setting that can take your playing to the next level! In this podcast lesson, we look at how to use the “Coltrane Scale” to improvise in a variety of harmonic settings that will give you access to a sound you may have heard, but never thought would come out of your own hands!

JPS Ep:143 – Piano Warmup: “The Rachmaninoff Exercise”

The Rachmaninoff Exercise

Sometimes people ask me, ‘what do you put in your warmup routine?’ Here is a quick exercise you can do every time you sit down to play the piano that will get your hands warm, and work to build facility and ease into your technique. The more you do it, the easier it gets! Try out “The Rachmaninoff Exercise” and see how you like it!

JPS Ep:142 – 12 Ingredients For Jazz Piano Success

12 Ingredients For Jazz Piano Success

It’s hard to be honest with ourselves. What do we know, and what do we NEED to know? What do we NOT know…we don’t know! Confusing…I know…but hopefully these 12 CRUCIAL ingredients to jazz piano success will allow you to have a clear picture of everything you need in order to become a successful jazz pianist. I shouldn’t say everything you need, but at least the most important things you need. Let’s just say…without these 12 ingredients, you will not be able to reach the level you’re hoping for. So with that being said…let’s start learning!

JPS Ep:141 – How To Integrate Jazz Extensions Into Your Voicings

I get this question a lot, and that is… “Brenden, how do I integrate extensions into my voicings?” Well most of the time you’ll here upper structure triads brought up immediately. In this episode I would like to go a step further and teach you some easy strategies you can use to extract SPECIFIC colors from your voicings by integrating the extensions of your choice! Here we go!

JPS Ep:140 – The 8th Note Exercise: The Key to Smoother Lines for Jazz Piano

This exercise is a trade secret I learned to make my improvised lines smoother. After working with this exercise, you will make it through the changes of tunes you used to find challenging with style and grace!

In this podcast lesson, well be looking at the notorious jazz standard, “Cherokee” and I’ll be showing you different ways to approach working on your eighth notes flows through this exercise. Let’s go!

JPS Ep:139 – 7 Ways To Improvise Over Modal Minor Chords

Improvising over 32 measure of minor 7th chords can leave us scratching our heads. What do we play? How do we keep our solo interesting. In this episode I’m going to show you my 7 favorite ways to improvise over modal minor 7th chords so you can implement burnin’ colors, textures and atmospheres into your solo! Enjoy!