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Jazz Piano School Ep. 120 – 7 Way To Practice Bebop To See Quick Improvement

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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Jazz Piano School Ep. 119 – How Theory & Structure Lead To Freedom

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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Jazz Piano School Ep. 118 – How To Play Any Style And Groove Over Any Tune

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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Jazz Piano School Ep. 117 – Gospel Reharms You Can Use Today

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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Jazz Piano School Ep. 116 – 6 Easy Ways To Improve At Improv With Rhythm

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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Jazz Piano School Ep. 115 – How To Develop A Solid Foundation As A Beginner Without Holes

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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Jazz Piano School Ep. 114 – The Top 7 Crucial Elements For Improving At Solo Piano

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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Jazz Piano School Ep. 113 – Using the Major & Minor Pentatonic Scales for Beginners

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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Jazz Piano School Ep. 112 – How to Walk Bass Lines With Approach Notes

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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