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JPS Ep:163 – What is “The Lady Bird Turnaround?”

If you have never encountered the Lady Bird turnaround or are looking for some new strategies with which to improvise over this device, search no further! In this podcast lesson, we’ll go over how Tadd Dameron came up with this trademark chord progression and how you can play over it with style and ease.

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JPS Ep:162 – 12 Improv Strategies To Jam Out On 1 or 2 Chords (Funk)

What do you do when you are jamming out on 2 chords?…or even 1 CHORD?! Does your mind start freezing up? Well don’t worry, in this podcast, I use my electric rhodes sound on my keyboard and give you 12 strategies that you can use to improvise when you’re jamming out on 1 or 2 chord harmonies. I demonstrate in a funk style manner but these can also be used in any jazz tunes as well. Enjoy!

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JPS Ep:161 – How to Practice Like a Pro Pt. 2: “Time In!”

For the second installment of this series, we’ll be talking about one of the most important aspects of music: TIME. When it comes to practicing, time can be a factor that makes or breaks the efficacy of your practice session. Find out how you can optimize your practicing through good use of time!

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JPS Ep:159 – How To Self Assess Your Skills & Use Jazz Piano Tools To Make Consistent Progress

Give a person a fish and they eat for a day…teach a person to fish and they eat for a lifetime. This is exactly my approach with all student within Jazz Piano School. Learning jazz piano for a lifetime and NOT a day is about learning jazz piano tools and improving those tools within all the different categories. From there we can start to combine them to create amazing sounding atmospheres and textures. Check out this podcast for an overall plan and approach to learning jazz piano for a lifetime!

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JPS Ep:158 – Check out the “Joe Henderson Chord!”

In this podcast lesson we take a closer look at the chord which characterized Joe Henderson during the most impactful time of his career. This chord appears again and again in Joe’s well known compositions from the 1960’s, such as “Inner Urge,” “Punjab,” “Gazelle,” and more! Follow along as we explore the chord within the context of the infamous jazz standard “Inner Urge” and investigate how to use it to our advantage when improvising.

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JPS Ep:157 – 3 Ways To Overcome Your Improvisation Fears

Let’s face it…it’s SCARY to improvise. It’s a very vulnerable thing because you’re opening up yourself to the world. You’re expressing your true self and true emotions. Now besides all that inner stuff…there is also the fear of simply making mistakes. BUT…enough about the negative…let’s get in the positive and I’ll show you 3 amazing ways to get stomp on your fears today!

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