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Bill Evans : Simple Improvisation Chord Trick (Ep:172)

This simple chord trick involves using your own voicings to your advantage in a way that will instantly improve your playing. Bill Evans used this technique throughout his career, most notably on the classic album “Portrait in Jazz.” You can use it too, find out how in this week’s podcast!

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JPS Ep:171 – 3 Ways To Use Arpeggios In Your Improvisation

Arpeggios can be reallllyyy boring…or they can be used to add some burnin movements into your improvisation! I’ll be talking about the latter. These 3 different ways to add arpeggios in your improvisation are sure to help you add some flying, fast movements up and down the piano for an amazing texture you’re going to love! Enjoy!

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JPS Ep:170 – 5 Things To Help Your Tune Approach

Knowing what kind of style, what kind of approach you should take on a tune can be tough? How do you go at it? Old school? Modern? Flowy? Hard swing?
In this episode I’ll give you 5 quick tips that will allow you to easily understand the approach you should take when playing a tune. I also go over specific approaches at the end. Enjoy!

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JPS Ep:168 – Our NEW Success Path Blueprint

Jazz Piano School 2.0 is set to launch October 7th @ 7am EST. Complete with new designs, new features like flash cards, practice workouts, new navigation and so much more. One of the coolest things will be our brand new 6 Stage success path. Our success path will allow you to start in a place that’s right for YOU, and continue forward with learning that is CORRECT for the place that you’re in. Get our Success Path Workbook in this podcast. I say the link inside. Enjoy!

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JPS Ep:167 – The Power of Music

Music is very powerful. Like…very…very…powerful. I mean you know right?! Why do you think you’re on this journey? Music has the power to heal, transform, inspire, calm, soothe, and about a billion other things. In this episode I talk about what music means to me, how it changed my life, and how my mission to teach you jazz piano will help you change lives as well. Here we go!

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JPS Ep:165 – Mastering the Diatonic Circle of 5ths

What do Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are, and Johann Sebastian Bach all have in common? They all use the diatonic circle of 5ths!

This progression has been used for centuries, and in this week’s podcast lesson we will discuss how to use it seamlessly to improvise chords and melodies.

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JPS Ep:164 – 3 Improvisation Strategies You Need For Ballads

Improvising over ballads is usually more difficult than improvisation over medium or fast tunes. Why is that? Because you’re EXPOSED. Everything is movving sooooo slowwwww. What do you do? How do you spice things up and creating interesting lines? In this episode I’m going to show you 3 strategies I use every-time I improvise over ballads that you absolutely have to integrate into your toolbox. Enjoy!

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