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JPS Ep:145 – 9 Ways To Storytell With Your Improvisation

I’ve heard extremely technically proficient and knowledable improvisers completely fail at telling a story with their solo. When this happens it stinks!
None of us want to be in that position. Here’s 9 ways for you to be a GREAT story teller when soloing. Let’s get it!

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JPS Ep:143 – Piano Warmup: “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!

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JPS Ep:142 – 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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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JPS Ep:138 – 4 Ways To Spice Up Major 7th Chords

We ALL get stuck in our own ways of playing something the same way. Even me! Check out these 4 ways to add some spice, texture, and atmosphere to your major 7th chords.

You can start to use these 4 building blocks to expand upon as well and create new sounds!

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JPS Ep:137 – What JPS Is Today & Where It’s Going

Jazz Piano School has come a LONGGG way since the days I first hacked together a terrible wordpress site.

Now, JPS has helped, and is CURRENTLY helping thousands of people learn jazz piano freedom. In this episode I’ll explain my goals and ambitions that I’ve brought JPS to where it is. I’ll also talk about the AMAZING expansion, custom website, and teacher tools we plan to implement!

Hold on to your butts cause here we go!

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