JPS Ep:156 – Find Out the Secrets to Playing a One-Chord Vamp!

As jazz pianists, we often get caught up in complex chord progressions and substitutions. The question is: What happens when the chips are down, and you have to improvise over only ONE chord? Here are some secret strategies to work on what to play over one-chord vamps.

JPS Ep:153 – What Are Shell Voicings, Why You Need Them, How To Use Them!

Everyone tells us to learn shell voicings but back when I was younger I never knew why…I also never knew how to USE them! This was very frustrating to me since everyone was saying how important they are. In this episode, I’ll break shell voicings down for you so you know exactly why they’re important AND how to use them. Here we go!

JPS Ep:152 – How To Spice Up Your Improv With Ornaments

Most of the time improv will sound bland not because of the notes…but because of the RHYTHMS! I had this little epiphany back in my earlier days, and it completely transformed my soloing. In this episode, you will learn how you can add ornaments to your improv lines so they sound 100x times better. Here we go!

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!

Greasy Benny Green Triplet Line (LOTW #141)

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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!

JPS Ep:146 – How to Play “Block Chords” Like George Shearing

In this lesson we’ll learn how to play “block chord” voicings in a jazz style. This technique was made famous by George Shearing, and used by other pianists such as Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans. You can use it to harmonize melodies and achieve a fuller soloistic sound when playing in a group.

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

9 Ways To Be A Great Jazz Piano Storyteller

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!