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Podcast-ep133

This it taken directly from our new specialty course "How To Crush The Blues". These 4 comping setups are sure to give you everything you need to know in order to provide lush and rich sounding blues accompaniment to anyone.

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Podcast-ep132

Here is a tutorial to create 4 and 5 note pentatonic voicings. These voicings work well over modal tunes like "So What" by Miles Davis, and will give you a modern sound to add to your toolbox of voicings!
Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep131

We take a deep dive into improvising over tritone substitutions. Find out how to implement a diverse harmonic palette, and discover the secrets used by some of your favorite players!

Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep130

Usually we all want to learn cool, hip sounding voicings right?! Trust me, I've been there. But unfortunately these one off voicings don't do much for our education.

It's like someone giving us a fish instead of TEACHING us HOW to fish. Now, I don't know about you, but I'd much rather learn HOW to fish.

This episode will give you the 8 must know jazz piano chords but will also TEACH you how you can take these structures and methods and use them in all tunes.
Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep129

Learning how to make your blues scale improv not sound terrible can be difficult. Trust me! I went through the same thing!
Here are 3 very easy tips that will your blues scale improvisation instantly sound like you've been doing it for years! Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep128

Learn how to shift and move extensions in your voicings with this quick method to create a more modern jazz piano sound!

With this method you'll be create that complicated inner voice movement that you hear Bill Evans achieve, not to mention many other huge jazz piano giants.

Jazz Piano School has taught thousands of students to achieve jazz piano freedom using methods and strategies exactly like the one you'll learn in this video.

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Podcast-ep127

Well I have some very amazing news!

A special friend in the California area who played with Bobby Hutcherson for many years and has contributed so much to jazz through education has recently helped Jazz Piano School build a brand new specialty course!

This new specialty course, taught by Dr.Joe Gilman will be "The Bill Evans Arranging Style" and will be available through Jazz Piano School exclusively!
To get on our list to learn more about this specialty course when we release it click the link below.
Go to jazzpianoschool.com/billevans for more information!

You will ALSO get the transcription of the Bill Evans playing time remembered which is analyzed in this podcast.

This Bill Evans specialty course is a MUST have for absolutely everyone especially because of the Dr. Joe Gilman's teaching.

To get you excited for the release of our new specialty course will be releasing lots of free Bill Evans education for you to soak up!

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Podcast-ep126

Well I have some very amazing news! A special friend in the California area who played with Bobby Hutcherson for many years and has contributed so much to jazz through education has recently helped Jazz Piano School build a brand new specialty course!

This new specialty course, taught by Dr.Joe Gilman will be "The Bill Evans Arranging Style" and will be available through Jazz Piano School exclusively!
To get on our list to learn more about this specialty course when we release it click the button below.
You will ALSO get the transcription of the Bill Evans playing time remembered which is analyzed in this podcast. This Bill Evans specialty course is a MUST have for absolutely everyone especially because of the Dr. Joe Gilman's teaching.
To get you excited for the release of our new specialty course will be releasing lots of free Bill Evans education for you to soak up!

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Podcast-ep125

Go to http://jazzpianoschool.com/singers to get details for our "Singer Accompaniment Mastery" specialty course being released in a couple of weeks!

Finally we're at PART 4! Wow what a ride! Here I'll actually be playing with one of the backup tracks created for our Singer Accompaniment Mastery Specialty Course. I had a blast actually using the back up track. Remember there will be over 20 backup tracks within our new specialty course for you to use and play to along with analysis and walk through of everything I'm playing.

In this episode I'm taking all the previous textures we've worked on and combining them to create a well-balanced accompaniment story. I also add in some higher register fills, reharms and movements that I haven't explained that you can find in our new specialty course.

Enjoy!

Happy practicing!

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Podcast-ep120

Go to http://jazzpianoschool.com/singers to get details for our "Singer Accompaniment Mastery" specialty course being released in a couple of weeks!

Welcome to Part 3 of our accompanying vocalist series. We're taking "The Switch" a step further and executing this action WITHIN ONE measure! Whooo. By doing this we're creating even MORE interaction within our hands, engagement with the vocalist, and ability to add our own expression into the tune. It will also go in our "tool bag" as another texture we can pull out to create contrast and add to the entire story and balance of our accompaniment.

Happy practicing!

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Podcast-ep120

Welcome to PART 2 of our accompanying singers series and in this podcast I'm teaching what I call "The SWITCH"! The Switch is the system I use to get a wide variety of textures, contrast, and balance in my accompaniment while playing for vocalist.

It will allow you to get away from walking bass the entire time...(borrrring)...and help you add in expression of YOUR OWN! Which we all truly want to do right?

I know I certainly hate being a back up track for a vocalist. When you mix the Switch in with other varying textures taught in our new Singer Accompaniment Mastery course you get a beautiful balance of lush reharms, fills, rhythmic and melodic accompaniment supported with bass notes.
Have fun and enjoy!

Happy practicing!

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Podcast-ep120

Well I’m super PUMPED! We’re getting ready to release another specialty course called “Singer Accompaniment Mastery”! There is literally nothing out there like this and I know you’re going to love it! So…to do a little promotion and give away some goodies that are in the course I will be doing a 4 part series on accompanying singers.

And to start off I’m going to teach you about a very important and foundational element that is the 2 Feel Bass Line.

Do you get bored of walking bass lines all the time? Because I know I do. This method will help you break up your LH a little bit…but will also lead to my own patent pending, (just kidding, but kinda serious) method I call “The Switch”

Everyone should be using “The Switch” in their singer accompaniment and if you’re not, then you’re missing out!

I’ll be giving a little bit of “The Switch” away in the next couple of episodes and obviously you can learn the entire system in our “Singer Accompaniment Mastery” specialty course coming out in a couple of weeks!

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Podcast-ep120

Oh boy…sometimes I just get going on some of these podcasts and this happens to be one of them. Seriously though…this one is AWESOME! I think you all are going to love the content in this. Would love to hear how your playing changes after working in some of the tips from this lesson. Happy practicing! Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep120

I've never known any jazz piano giant to not have the ability to play through changes in a bebop style. At the heart of all improvisation lies bop. If you think you're going to skip this step and achieve improv freedom...well, unfortunately you're lying to yourself. Needless to say this is a must! So here are 7 great tips to help you practice and excel quickly with proven and systematic steps. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep119

I heard an amazing saying the military uses as a motto that goes like this..."Fast is slow and slow is fast." If I had to sum up jazz piano in a similar way I would say, "Theory & Structure is Freedom, and Freedom Is Theory & Structure." In this episode I show you why it's so important to learn theory concepts in a sequential manner and how it will translate into true freedom of self expression in your playing. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep118

People will ask me, "Brenden, how do you play funk...how do you play latin?" Well when you learn the necessary foundational tools with Theory Sequences...you can play any style, any groove you want! At anytime! That is why our tagline is "Learning Freedom". In this episode I take a simple standard and play about a ten different grooves and styles through out the tune. Switching between each and every one as I explain. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep117

I absolutely love gospel. I've been listening to it since I was a kid because I love the way it makes me feel! The chords and harmonies pull at my heart and soul strings because that's what it's meant to do! Give us an uplifting feeling, get us through hard times. The chords used in the chart do exactly that. I explain what types of chords do what and how you can use them in all different kinds of music to reharm whenever you want.

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Podcast-ep116

There are a ton of ways to implement rhythm into improv but...I've found these ways to be most effective at quickly upgrading your sound. Practice them alone at first before implementing them all into your solo at once. They're powerful tools so use them wisely and work hard. In no time your improvisation will be completely different...and for the BETTER! Enjoy

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Podcast-ep115

So I’m going to say it…Jazz Piano is EASY…but…only after you have a plan to follow. I found this out the hard way after basically searching and guessing for most of my career until I finally developed my own plan. In this episode I talk about the foundation and TREE based concepts that splits off your foundation based on your specific goals. There is not much playing and demonstrating here but I truly believe the concepts I explain are much more valuable in the long run. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep114

I think we can all agree Solo Piano is a NASTY BEAST! Even Bill Evans said it best to Marian McPartland, that he felt that he had a long way to improve, and this was AFTER he had recorded his first solo album which is ammmmazzing. Anyway, in this podcast I review the 7 most CRUCIAL elements to improving your solo piano and ensuring you’re getting the sound that you want, dream of, and hear on albums! Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep113

I can't believe this wasn't a podcast episode yet but thanks to a member request here we are! So I will keep this one short and give you the basics of the pentatonic scale as well as show you a glimpse of how far into the rabbit hole you can actually go. I'll continue with a follow up episode on this as we begin to take this further but practice the basics of what I teach here first. Then you'll be ready for the next one! Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep112

We did an episode on walking bass lines Part 1 a while ago and then I forgot to do PART 2! So here it is. Special thanks to one of our members for reminding me. 🙂 In this episode we take it a step further and connect our roots and half notes with diatonic walking and approach notes. From here we can essentially connect any progression we want no matter how random it is. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep111

So it's another new year. I waited till everything settled back down until I recorded this podcast. We've finally settled into our services and it's been a long journey. Listen here to find out what's next for JPS and how we're adding innovative concepts into our programs. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep110

After amazing launch of our New LAB, we're switching over to a analysis series on how to use all the tools in the JPS Podcast and implement them into tunes. In the spirit of the holiday, I walk through different reharms and strategies on the tune Santa Clause Is Coming To Town. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep109

Go To http://jazzpianoschool.com/lablaunch right now to get on the Priority waiting list.
December 11th at 10 EST is our official opening of our new lab launch. To give you more samples this podcast is taken from one of our live gig analysis from inside the lab. I'm confident you'll be able to get a lot of nuggets from this one. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep108

This was a spur of the moment podcast! I actually started recording something else then got to talking about my vision and the structure of Jazz Piano School and I just went with it! But this should definitely bring a lot of information and clarity around the 3 major types of products we have and where we are moving to with jazz piano education software/website app we're currently building. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep107

We've finalized a date for the Lab Launch and it is December 4th @ 10am PST! If you're interested in joining the priority waiting list go to http://jazzpianoschool.com/lablaunch. You can also visit this url on December 4th @ 10am to sign up for the lab at our celebration discount offering. This is part 2 of an Upgrade Formula taken directly from inside the lab to help you build and use 2 hand voicings in all situations and create freedom in your playing. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep106

I struggled for yearsss. 15+ to be exact learning how to achieve some sort of jazz freedom on the piano. I was sick of just playing what other peopled showed me. It was like a coloring book. No matter how much freedom you had to choose colors you were still coloring other peoples pictures. I wanted to DRAW my OWN pictures! This podcast is taken directly from one of our lab upgrade formulas. The education contained in our lab, Launching in the next couple of weeks, will allow you to draw you own pictures. It was give you the tools to finally achieve jazz piano freedom so you can truly express YOURSELF! Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep105

Isn’t it strange that when it comes to the slower tunes we start to struggle more? There’s just soon much space! What do we do when the tempo is deathly slow and we start feeling anxiety to fill in everything. In this episode I’ll give you some tips to start feeling confident over slow swing tunes.

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Podcast-ep104

In this episode we explore how to build a relationship with extensions. Once your ear starts to learn the mood and atmosphere they produce, you can easily start to implement them into your improv to get different types of sounds you want to express.

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Podcast-ep103

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.

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Podcast-ep102

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!

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Podcast-ep101

So we have our winners! Thank you to everyone who left reviews. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support. I wanted to give something back to everyone who wrote a review...So if you did, email us at info@jazzpianoschool.com ...copy and paste your review with your username and will get you set up with your prize as well.

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Podcast-ep100

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.

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Podcast-ep99

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!

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Podcast-ep98

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".

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Podcast-ep97

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.

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Podcast-ep96

Most of the time I hear beginner and intermediate players stop at using quarter notes and eighth notes. This greatly hurts the sound of your improvisation. Remember, jazz was and is a dance music! Rhythm is like the oxygen to jazz. Without it, your solo is going to die. Here's how to start adding rhythmic variety to your improv.

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Podcast-ep95

A lot of the time when trying to get better at jazz piano, you simply have no idea what the future looks like...or even what the heck advanced players are doing! It sounds too far out of reach. Well I'm here to tell you it's not. In this episode I show you what is going to happen as you advance through the levels. This way you'll be able to see exactly what takes place.

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Podcast-ep94

I still get asked all the time, "How do I use modes to improvise and why are they important?" I'm confident this episode will remove this questions and finally allow you to understand how and why modes are important to your jazz improvisation. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep93

We continue our series on minor 2-5-1’s as I explain rootless voicing options and different ways to improvise along with the notes and scales that you can choose from. With a little practice you’ll feel confident about playing minor 2-5-1’s in standards in no time!

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Podcast-ep92

Playing minor 2-5-1 is usually a mysterious process for most. There is a lot of harmony that surrounds this subject and how to approach it. Rest assured these Minor 2-5-1 basics will allow you to feel confident when playing this type of harmony.

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Podcast-ep91

We continue our Benny Green Transcription Series with a minor 2-5-1 into some very nice rhythmic motifs and harmonic development lines. This is the 2nd part of his solo on "Celia".

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Podcast-ep90

I absolutely love Benny Green's playing. His lines are very clear, solid, and connect with the harmonies perfectly. In this podcast series I'm going to walk you through a Benny Green solo and point out the building blocks for you to practice in order to build freedom within your improv.

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Podcast-ep89

If you're new to adding extensions into your voicings learning these upper structure triads is a great way to get you started. With these you'll start to create some amazing sounding jazz voicings with ease! Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep87

As we continue our voicing series we are adding extensions into our voicing fundamentals. This is progressing us a little further and teaching us how to create freedom to build any voicings we want. With these methods you are becoming the creator instead of simply copying voicings and not understanding how they're used. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep87

During my career I was always copying voicings. I spent so many years just mimicking voicings instead of learning a solid foundation that will allow me freedom to build voicings myself. This fundamental voicing building system will give you the opportunity to build voicings for yourself for the rest of your life!

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Podcast-ep86

There are just some tools that every pianist has to know...this is one of them. These "McCoy Tyner" 4th voicing structures are a must know tool to have in your tool box. This is a simple episode that teaches you exactly what they are. Easy to add in your repertoire. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep85

We're at the last episode of our reharm series. We're using our previous tools to reharm the bridge to rhythm changes. Let me tell you...this is a doozy. Because we have two bars each of our 3-6-2-5 our options expand by A LOT! This episode is for the brave. 🙂

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Podcast-ep84

We're continuing our reharm series of progressions this week with a 3-6-2-5. We get a little crazy with the reharms, but all beautiful and effective none the less. We build off concepts from episode 83 so you if you haven't watched that I highly recommend it. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep82

Once you learn a couple of reharm tools it will completely open up your playing.
Not only will you be able to comp differently but you will have more options for improvisation, arranging and solo piano freedom. Check out these reharms for a 2-5-1. I will cover different progressions in the upcoming podcasts.

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Podcast-ep82

Connecting harmonies during improvisation is very simple when executed properly. Watch as I breakdown some ways to work on connecting harmonies and show you how to put everything together.

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Podcast-ep81

This is part 2 of I Should Care Improvisation Analysis. We got a lot of great feedback on this type of podcast so we're going to release a couple more as well. Watch as I break down my thought process while creating a solo from scratch.

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Podcast-ep77

Watch as I build a solo from scratch talking about the importance of specific and harmonic changes you should add. I also add my thought process at approaching your connections through the harmonies.

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Podcast-ep77

Soloing over diminished chords can be tricky, but very pretty if you have some tools in your toolbox. Check out these two scales to help your improv over the diminished passing chord and dominant chords.

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Podcast-ep77

It's hard to know exactly what to do to improve our improvisation right? Most of the time we just spend time learning licks and transcribing but this doesn't really create the freedom we want. Learn how to systematically approach improvement at bebop!

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Podcast-ep77

There are always those tiny details that instantly improve the sound of someones playing. This episode is about the little secret movements players put into their playing to add flavor and spice! Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep76

Space doesn’t always have to be in your right hand, and it doesn’t always have to mean not playing. Check out these different ways to conceptualize space and add it into your playing for some tasty improvements. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep75

Improvisation is like trying to fill the gaps in a resolution. We’re trying to land on chord tones but there are so many ways to resolve, mixed with rhythms…we need to figure out what fits the gap! In this video I debunk improvisation so you don’t have to copy and paste licks into your solo’s.
To jump right in go to minute 6:40.

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Podcast-ep74

Filling empty space in tunes can be challenging. There are a lot of different ways to do it. In this episode I go off on a small journey talking about reharms, but also give you 6 great ways to fill space in tunes. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep73

Latin and Bossa tunes can be a great style to add to your repertoire. A lot of people think they are difficult to play but as I’ll demonstrate in this episode there is not much difference in the way you’ll approach these tunes.

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Podcast-ep72

This was a request from a JPS member who wanted me to play a little bit more in the episode to get some ideas. This episode covers solo piano blues styles advanced textures, and progressions to help spark some creativity. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep71

We’re releasing the brand new Solo Piano System on January 23rd at 9am. In this podcast I cover 9 steps taken directly from the course that will improve your solo piano and build a solid foundation for your solo piano future.

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Podcast-ep70

We’re releasing the brand new Solo Piano System on January 23rd at 9am. This podcast will finally answer the question “How do I arrange my hands while playing standards to achieve a beautiful lush sound?” With these 7 steps you’ll be able to arrange any standards of your choice. The solo piano system will go into much more depth and answer all the “But what if this happens” questions.

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Podcast-ep69

We start the new year with a massive amount of information explaining the JPS system that has already helped thousands of people. We combine that with a personal summary of where you are in your progress so you can focus on what needs to be done in 2017.!

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Podcast-ep68

In this episode I wrap up 2016 for JPS and some goals I have for 2017. I also go over 7 tips that if done, will guarantee you make more efficient progress in 2017. Have fun and here’s to a new year filled with success!

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Podcast-ep67

Learning the difference between double time and double time feel can be very tricky. Playing it can be even tricker. In this podcast I give examples on how to switch back and forth, what it actually means, and how to use it in your playing.

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Podcast-ep66

Learning voicings with structure and organization can be complicated. You’ll learn one voicing from one resource then a completely different voicing from another resource. Follow my voicing pyramid to make sure you fill all your voicing holes and achieve complete freedom with all your voicings.

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Podcast-ep64

The Sus chord is a very, very important chord in jazz. It can be used for many purposes and can advance your playing drastically!
In this episode I go over what a sus chord is and show you how it can be used effectively in different situations. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep64

Improving your improvisation skills can be difficult and frustrating. How do we do it? What do we practice? At a certain point you have to get away from notes to continue making progress. Try practicing these 12 strategies and concepts to jumpstart your improv and creativity.

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Podcast-ep63

Hearing and figuring out progressions isn’t just about using your ear…although thats a big part. 🙂 Use these tips to put the puzzle together to figure out changes within progression that will be valuable in many different types of situations.

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Podcast-ep62

Figuring out movements that sound good over the chords to a 2-5-1 can be challenging when you’re first starting out. These strong and popular movements are guaranteed to help you navigate your improv better through major and minor 2-5-1s.

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Podcast-ep61

I think we can all agree that Oscar Peterson is a beast. He was my main inspiration growing up so I’ve learned and studies his style…a lot! In this podcast I go over 11 specific characteristics in his playing that make him sound the way he does. This one is a doozy! Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep59

Rootless voicing are a great building block to start learning true jazz sounds but how do we expand upon them? In this episode I show you how to take rootless voicing further by altering the natural extensions they contain.

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Podcast-ep59

I absolutely love playing the blues and I'm sure a lot of you do as well. There are certain progressions and movements I've picked up that I absolutely love and almost always use while playing the blues. These reharm progressions are guaranteed to to spice up your blues and open your creative box for improvement.

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Podcast-ep58

In this episode we take our voicings from last week and start to use them to create different environments, atmospheres, and sounds. When we shift or focus from our RH improv to the support our LH provides, you will start to see drastic improvement in your playing.

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Podcast-ep57

As you become more advanced, your LH becomes equally if not more important than your RH improv for certain sounds and atmospheres you can create. With this voicing approach you’ll have more than enough information to break outside the box with your LH voicing and make improvement.

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Podcast-ep56

This is a fantastic episode that will benefit a lot of people out there. I specifically go over what is the most important aspect when connecting your improv together through odd changes and even more common progressions. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep54

This is a fantastic episode that will benefit a lot of people out there. I specifically go over what is the most important aspect when connecting your improv together through odd changes and even more common progressions. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep54

Memorizing & learning tunes throughly is tough! Trust me I’ve been there. After using this 6 Step Learning Tunes process I never forgot another tune again. It’s due all the practice of the fundamental elements of the tune. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep53

We open the flood gates to harmonization with this podcast as I show you that one note can fit and be used in any type of chord you wish in a tune. There are a substantial amount of options so take your time and realize that this is more or less like composing. Find changes that please you the most! This is about self expression. If you like it, then use it!

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Podcast-ep52

Harmonizing melodies can be very tricky. What chords do we pick for each melody note and when do we place them. In this harmonization beginner’s podcast, I go over how to use diatonic chords as well as some substitutes to spice up a simple melody like twinkle twinkle. Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep51

Learning how to play at fast tempos can be quite frustrating. Why can’t we play faster?! We see or listen to the monsters do it effortlessly yet when we try it comes out as a moshposh of jumbled up mess. Well here are 7 tips to follow to increase the speed at which you can improvise! Enjoy!

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Podcast-ep50

In this episode I expand on our bebop playing by showing you how to apply our approaches to specific improvisation exercises that will help you improve. After you the improv exercises we will apply our approaches to a tune, in this case, Autumn Leaves. Enjoy

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Podcast-ep49

Learning bebop can be quite easy when you relate it to building legos! Simply connect the lego’s and bam, you got bebop. Am I making sense? Of course not, but kinda. Learn the simple approaches to improve or start piecing together your bebop improv.

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Podcast-ep47

Ballads can be extremely difficult. More so than fast tunes because they are SO slow! You are much more vulnerable to stand out with your mistakes and insecure playing. Luckily, this podcast will help you gain confidence to play ballads with a group, comp for singers or other instruments playing the melody, and improvise like a pro yourself. Enjoy!

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JPS Podcast 047: Everything Comping Part 2

Here is the part 2 of the comping series. This one is a doozy! Trust me. There is a lot of great information stacked in here. Take your time and split it up if you need to into different watching or listening sessions. You’ll love it!

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JPS Podcast 046: Everything Comping Part 1

This is a great topic that someone requested on the podcast page the other day. Learning to improvise is one thing. Learning to comp with your LH while your RH improvises is a completely different story. So in this podcast I go over 5 key points that will help you practice your LH comping with your RH improvisation. I know you’ll love it! Enjoy!

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JPS Podcast 045: How To Practice LH Comping With RH Improv

This is a great topic that someone requested on the podcast page the other day. Learning to improvise is one thing. Learning to comp with your LH while your RH improvises is a completely different story. So in this podcast I go over 5 key points that will help you practice your LH comping with your RH improvisation. I know you’ll love it! Enjoy!

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JPS Podcast 044: How To Accompany A Singer

This is a topic within jazz piano education that I get asked about A LOT! For good reason too. Fortunately, most of the work I get actually come with playing with singers. I’ve excelled at this through out my career from playing in a church for a long time. In church, I’ve had to accompany singers in all sorts of styles, genres and situations. Let me tell you, the path is not easy. I’m confident these basics will get you started on the right path. Enjoy!

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JPS Podcast 043: Getting Back At It!

Well guess what? I fell off again! But who doesn’t right? The good thing is you simply pick yourself back up and keep going at it from where ever you last left off. This goes for anything in life. Never give up! Especially jazz piano. If you stop practicing for 1 week, 2 months or even a year, just accept it and start again from where you left off.

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JPS Podcast 042: Beginner Course & 2015 Thoughts

So excited to be back podcasting! I had so many problems with the podcast on iTunes. A couple episodes were not showing up. Then I had to take the podcast off and it was a mess! Anyway I'm back. I've launched the Jazz Piano School Beginner Course! So excited for this. Already have a lot of signups. In this podcast I go over my thoughts on the new Jazz Piano School Beginner Course. Why it's different than other online jazz piano courses. I also talk about my thoughts for JPS in 2015 and how it can help you!

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Jazz Piano School Ep 41 : Improvising Rhythmic Motifs

JPS Podcast 041: Improvising Rhythmic Motifs

By do some solo's sound boring and some sound awesome? Rhythms. Rhythms in jazz are the feel good mojo that spices up your solo. They are at the heart of our soul. In order to make our solos pop and have the feel good feeling to them we need to add rhythms to our solo that have contrast. If we are playing all eighth notes and quarter notes on downbeats, our solo's will sound bland and dry. In this episode I give you many different ways to practice your rhythms in order to spice up your solo.

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Jazz Piano School Podcast, Ep:40 - The Altered Scale

JPS Podcast 040: The Altered Scale

When you're first learning jazz it's hard to get that jazz sound that gives tensions and sounds like we're not playing like a baby. It might sound to you like you're playing is sooo beginnerish still. Well here's how to change it. By learning the altered scale we will immediately give our playing lots of tension and color by using the extensions in this scale. Enjoy!

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Jazz Piano School Ep 39 : The Tritone Substitution

JPS Podcast 039: The Tritone Substitution

We as jazz musicians have a lot of freedom to change progressions and harmonies in a tune. How exactly do we do it though? In this podcast I'll teach you a foundational concept that will lead to many more reharm opportunities while soloing, comping, and playing solo piano. Enjoy!

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Jazz Piano School Ep 38 : How To Develop Your Solos

JPS Podcast 038: How To Develop Your Solos

As I've said before jazz is like speaking a language. We know that person in our life that won't stop talking. They just talk and talk and talk. It's never fun to listen to them. The people who take their time and say something meaningful are the ones to listen to. We want to be those people on the piano. It's extremely easy for us as pianists to play and play and play because we have a percussive instrument. We can just bang away on the piano and not reazlie we're not leaving space. In this podcast I'll teach you how to focus your mind so you can develop your solos and say something meaningful.

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Jazz Piano School Ep 37 : LH Solo Piano Components

JPS Podcast 037: LH Solo Piano Components

Solo piano can be very frustrating. You have 88 keys and ten fingers. What the heck do you play? It's easier than you might think. Your LH and RH have different roles that should work together to produce a great sounding tune. When you understand the roles each hand plays you'll be better equipped to play solo piano and make progress. I will be dissecting the specific LH components in this episode. Enjoy!

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Jazz Piano School Ep 36 : What Are Extensions?

JPS Podcast 036: What Are Extensions?

Most people gravitate towards jazz because of the rich colors and sounds that come from the music. We all want to be able to play those amazing sounding chords on the piano. How do we do it though? I'll tell you right now. Extensions. Extensions are the colors that allow you to spice up your playing and start to paint the music however you'd like. Extensions are the beginning of the road to freedom in music. Just as a painter paints with his colors, a jazz musician paints with extensions. Let's get into it!

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Learning how to walk bass lines is a skill all jazz pianists want to accomplish. And who wouldn't? We have a nice bass register on the piano but we never learn how to do anything with it. Anytime we see an bass player walking all over a tune like he owns we just stare in awe. In this episode I'm going to get you started on the right path to walking bass lines that will impress a bass player! Let's do it!

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Jazz Piano School Ep 34 : Rootless Voicing Textures

JPS Podcast 034: Rootless Voicing Textures.

We recently learned our rootless voicings. In this episode I'm going to show you how to turn these rootless voicings into two hand comping textures to use with groups or while playing solo piano. These sounds are the heart of jazz comping. Anyone who uses these will be creating jazz sounds used through out the years. We're finally getting to the good stuff of jazz piano voicings and comping.

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Jazz Piano School Ep 33 : Beginning Ear Training

JPS Podcast 033: Beginning Ear Training.

Ear training is highly sought after in jazz because much of the music involves using our ear to hear progressions, licks, movements and much more. The better ear you have, the better player you will be. So how exactly do we go about improving our ear and helping it to hear movements and notes better. In this podcast that's exactly what I will tell you.

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Jazz Piano School Ep 32 : Rootless Voicings #2

JPS Podcast 032: Rootless Voicings #2.

So structure 2 is simply an inversion of rootless voicings structure 1. We now start on the 7th degree of our minor chord instead of the 3rd. Once you studied structure 1, structure #2 should come just as easily.

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Jazz Piano School Ep 31 : Rootless Voicings #1

JPS Podcast 031 : Rootless Voicings #1.

Alright, you've waited long enough for some pro jazz voicings! Well here they are. Rootless voicings will be your key to advanced jazz voicings with both one and two hands in the future. These are your transport system to playing amazing sounding jazz chords. Study these hards because they will only help open more doors to come. There are two different structure and in this episode I will be going over structure 1.

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JPS Podcast 030: How To Use Diatonic Harmony.

So you may be wondering how can you start putting these diatonic chords to use now. Well there are a number of different ways you can do it. The first benefit we now have is we can transpose music easily, and effectively. When I analyze a tune and understand what the progression is, meaning I know if the chords are serving as a II-7 chord of a V7 chord, I can now take that progression and easily move it into another key using those same roman numerals. Learning progressions is the other big benefit we have. If someone calls out a quick progression or you see me type a set of numbers such as ( 2-4-6-2-3-5-1), you can go to the piano and work on that progression. Composition is another biggie that comes from diatonic harmony. You can put numbers together yourself in any order you'd like and see what comes out. This is the foundation for all our future harmony and theory to come!

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Jazz Piano School Ep 29 : How To Use Modes

JPS Podcast 029: How To Use Modes.

I don't use modes. Who needs modes? What good are modes anyway? Modes are the building blocks of improv. Modes are the notes that correspond with a chord. Not using modes is like misspelling words. Certain letters make up words, you need to learn letters right? Certain notes from a scale correspond to chords. These are the notes you use to improvise with! People always ask me "Brenden, what notes do I play to improvise?". I tell them that the notes come from modes. Once we learn these notes you'll be able to solo over anything. I understand it's the practical application that is important. We obviously can't play up and down a mode to make it sound. I'll should you how to work with them.

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Jazz Piano School Ep 28 : Why You Need Diatonic Harmony
JPS Podcast 028: Why You Need Diatonic Harmony.

We have to be able to understand how to put the puzzle pieces together in jazz. How can you expect to do this without understanding where they go? Well, you can't! This is why Diatonic Harmony is so important. Diatonic Harmony is the road map to explain how chords and progressions fit together. Without learning this you will be completely lost as we continue to progress. Diatonic Harmony is the relationship of chords to a scale and certain key. Pretty easy once you get into it! Leave your questions in the comments section and I'll be happy to help.

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Jazz Piano School, Ep 27 : Connecting Chord Changes In Your Solo.

JPS Podcast 027:Connecting Chord Changes In Your Solo.

To make our solo's sound good we need to be able to connect the chord changes smoothly in our right hand. This means hitting chord tones on down beats without having to think about it. The ability to play these chord tones on down beats as the chords are changing will allow our solos to reflect the harmonies perfectly. We want to practice this very slowly at first until we build up our spontaneous flow. This is not something you will be able to go fast with. If you do you will hinder your learning of this skill set. Enjoy

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Beginner Improv Part 2, Connecting Chord Tones

JPS Podcast 026: Beginner Improv Part 2, Connecting Chord Tones.

Jazz information has always gone about jazz piano improvisation as if it is some trip to outer space. Well you have to explore yourself in order to find out how to improvise. I couldn't disagree more. Jazz improvisation in the beginning is definitely a step by step process. In this episode we move on to step number 2, connecting the chord tones with notes from the major scale. Enjoy!

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Get singers to hire you back everytime

JPS Podcast 025: How to get singers to hire you back everytime.

I don’t know about you, but I still get nervous when I play with new singers! Am I playing okay for them? Do they like it? Do they hate it? You never really know. Over the years I’ve played A LOT for vocalists and I’ve picked up some very helpful tips that will ensure they hire you back for gigs every time. Follow these tips and I’m positive they will love you’re playing! Enjoy!

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JPS Podcast 024: How to start improvising. (Beginner)

Improvisation can seem overwhelming if you don't no where to start. This podcast will give you amazing direction to take the steps you need toward learning how to solo. Enjoy!

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JPS Podcast 023: Solo Piano Arranging Intermediate

Where do you place your hands when playing a jazz standard? How do you arrange the melody and the harmonies? Listen to this podcast to get a systematic formula to arranging jazz standards for solo piano.

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JPS Podcast 022: Intermediate Blues

Playing the blues can be overwhelming at times. In this podcast I go over a few options you can add to your blues skills to change up the harmonies. With these reharms you'll improve your sound drastically. Have fun!

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JPS Podcast 021: Special Guest, Eric Reed

This interview with Eric Reed was such a great pleasure. To be able to talk to one of the leading jazz pianists in the world and history was surreal for me. I had studied with him at the New School University and Eric was kind of enough to come on the show for an interview. He makes such intelligent points about the music and is able to articulate his thoughts with great clarity. Do not miss this episode and listen all the way through. Some of the best info is at the end! Enjoy!

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JPS Podcast 020: Solo Piano-Progressing the Basics.

Solo piano can be extremely tough to learn and feel confident about. Use these techniques to help improve your solo playing past the basics.

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JPS Podcast 019:Introduction to the blues.

Learning the blues can be extremely useful in your jazz education. You will come across these changes constantly in many variety of pieces. The blues is also the best way to learn how to improvise. Use this podcast to get started with the blues! Enjoy!

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JPS Podcast 018: How to prepare for gigs.

You wouldn't believe the amount of information that goes unsaid when talking about gigs. Make sure you get all this information to give yourself the best chance for a successful gig. Enjoy!

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JPS Podcast 017: How to play jazz standards!

Learning how to play jazz standards could be the easiest thing to do in jazz. Once you've learned the foundation steps you're already to go. All you have to do is put a couple of steps together. I give some more tips on learning tunes as you're doing this as well! Enjoy!

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JPS Podcast 016: How to swing!

Learning how to swing is essential in jazz! It's what makes us want to tap our feet or clap our hands. As Duke Ellington said "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!". Enjoy!

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JPS Podcast 015: What are 7th chords?

7th chords are the harmonic foundation to jazz. Without them there would be no jazz. If you are truly looking to learn any type of jazz song, these chords must be learned so practice them hard!

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JPS Podcast 014: Playing Charts Part 2-Rhythms

"Adding rhythms into your harmonies is what really helps your playing sound alive. Check out these 5 concepts to immediately spice up you're playing and sound fantastic!

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JPS Podcast 013: Playing Charts Part 1 - Harmonies

"Finally he is talking about how to actually play tunes!" I know, I know, its taken a while to get to this point, but you needed that background info in order to get to this point! With this episode pick your favorite tune to get started with!

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JPS Podcast 012: Avishai Cohen Masterclass 2

Avishai Cohen is an amazing trumpet player and has a great story about becoming a professional musician because he is from Israel. He has many great insights to share and knowledge to spread in this masterclass.

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JPS Podcast 011: Avishai Cohen Masterclass 1

Avishai Cohen is an amazing trumpet player and has a great story about becoming a professional musician because he is from Israel. He has many great insights to share and knowledge to spread in this masterclass.

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JPS Podcast 010: Determination | Motivation | Willpower

It's hard to continue to push yourself to progress. Everyone needs a coach and trainer to help support and instruct when the going gets tough. Everyone will hit those sticking points, but it's up to you to push through and will support you the entire way. Listen to discover how!

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JPS Podcast 009: Voiceleading Triad Inversions

Learning how to voicelead your triads is a very important step in harmonic movements. 95% of chord changes sound good because of the way they move into each other, not so much the notes within the chord. Learn how to connect the harmonies together in a flowing fashion and your playing will sound drastically better.

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JPS Podcast 008: Triad Inversions

Knowing your inversions for all your major and minor triads will drastically improve your playing. Your harmonies will flow better, sound smoother, and you'll be able to read any chart you want and sound great!

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JPS Podcast 007: Major & Minor Triads

You know all those cool jazz voicings you're just dying for me to teach you? Well your major and minor triads are the first step to learning all of then. Your major and minor triads are 75% of all seventh chords we will learn in the upcoming episodes! Practice these triads, and you'll be ready for those cool voicings.

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JPS Podcast 006: Jazz Insights w/ Dr. Samuel Griffith

Dr. Griffith has an immense amount of valuable insight into playing jazz for any instrument. In the podcast he talks about how pianists should comp behind horn players, how to improve your soloing, and what to think about when going to school for music!

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JPS Podcast 005: Wynton Marsalis Ballad Phrasing

I love the way Wynton phrases his lines on ballads. He doesn't always use this texture but its a great tool to have in your tool bag when playing over ballads. Check this recording out of when he played at my college, The New School University.

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JPS Podcast 004: Major Scales Explained

Major scales are always a mystery to people. Why are they important? Why should we practice them? How are they built? In this podcast episode I'm going to answers those questions. I tell you exactly why you should learn all your major scales inside and out, and how to build a major scale starting on any note even if you can't read music. Happy practicing!

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JPS Podcast 003: Eric Harland Masterclass

This is a recording of an Eric Harland Masterclass taken from Next Gen Jazz Festival I played at. Eric has a lot of great insight into a couple of topics. Even though he's a drummer his knowledge of how to play with others is extensive. Enjoy!

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JPS Podcast 002: 5 Things you can begin doing today to start building a great foundation!

This episode provides quick and easy steps to get start today! These are important steps to build a solid foundation for upcoming advice. If you can spend about 15-20 minutes on these everyday, you'll be well on your way to playing great!

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JPS Podcast 001: Introduction to the podcast. Who am I? Expectations for the future of the podcast and what to look forward to.

After a months of nit picking details on the website, I've finally moved into launching the podcast. This will a completely new education facet into learning jazz not to mention extremely accessible. I have always listened to podcast while driving to
teach, and I thought it would be great if there was a jazz piano podcast. I have a lot in mind for the podcast, including live interviews and demonstrations with my previous teachers, live rehearsal and gig recordings, tips on all topics and much more. If there is anything you would like to specifically hear or have questions, please ask them in in the comments section or email me at podcast@jazzpianoschool.com. Enjoy!

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