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JPS Ep:148 – 4 Secrets To Improvising Over Rhythm Changes

Rhythm changes can seriously screw you up. Once you attempted and failed, you probably don’t want to try again. BUT…with these 4 secrets that will allow you to easily improvise over rhythm changes, you’ll be loving this form and itching to play it as much as possible! Here we go!

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JPS Ep:147 – How to Play “Block Chords” (pt. 2)

In this lesson we’ll continue learning how to play “block chord” voicings in the style of George Shearing. We will be working on minor voicings in the key of F, specifically with the tune “Lullaby of Birdland.” George Shearing often played this tune with these very voicings, so it is a great model from which to start!

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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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