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Jazz Piano School Ep. 123 – Accompanying Singers Using “The Switch”

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!

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Jazz Piano School Ep. 122 – Singer Accompaniment – How To Play A 2 Feel Bassline

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

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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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