How to Use Block Chords – Jazz Piano Tutorial Pt. 2 (Ep: 217)

How to Use Block Chords

Block chords are one of jazz piano’s unsolved mysteries. This style made famous by George Shearing and Nat King Cole was once ubiquitously used by jazz pianists of the 20th century who came after them. In part two of this jazz piano tutorial, we will cover two more advanced strategies to integrate this style of playing into your repertoire.

How to Use Block Chords – Jazz Piano Tutorial Pt. 1 (Ep: 215)

How to use block chords

Block chords are one of jazz piano’s unsolved mysteries. This style made famous by George Shearing and Nat King Cole was once ubiquitously used by jazz pianists of the 20th century who came after them. In this jazz piano tutorial, learn how to use this technique in your improvising, comping, and more!

How to Play the Piano like an Orchestra

Learn how to play piano like an Orchestra

Do you ever feel tired of using the same techniques in your piano playing over and over? This week’s podcast lesson can help you shake things up by thinking of the piano as an orchestra. Great players such as Jelly Roll Morton, Earl Hines, and Roland Hanna all had this technique in common: they played the piano like an arranger would write for an orchestra! Check out these techniques, and you might find some to incorporate into your own playing.

Best Kept Swing Secrets: The Power of the “And” (Ep: 198)

Learn the swim secrets and the power of the "And"

What is the Power of the “And?”

In this podcast, we show you one of the best kept secrets of swing: the “and.” With these 3 exercises, you can take your swing feel to the next level. Follow along to harness the Power of the “And!”

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Mastering the Left Hand (pt. 2) – Fourths and Clusters (Ep: 190)

How to master the left hand - Fourths and Clusters

This jazz piano podcast tutorial series will show you how to mix things up and keep your left hand voicings sounding fresh. In this episode, we discuss chords you can use with structures made from fourths and clusters. After this video, you will have the sounds of McCoy Tyner and Bill Evans in the palm of your (left) hand!

Mastering the Left Hand (pt. 1) – Chord Inversions (Ep:189)

Mastering the Left Hand - Chord Inversions

This jazz piano podcast tutorial series will show you how to work your left hand so your left hand can work for YOU! In this episode, we discuss which chords you can use in your LH voicings, first through exploring chord inversions. We will have your left hand sounding like the best of them all (Red Garland, Brad Mehldau, Keith Jarrett… ever heard of them??) by the end of this video!

Oscar Plays the Blues On “Love For Sale” (LOTW #172)

Learn how Oscar Plays the Blues on "Love for Sale"

We love Oscar Peterson for his ability to play beautiful lines over chord changes, but most of all for his bluesy solo ideas! Check out this passage from “Love For Sale” off of the album Oscar Peterson Plays the Cole Porter Songbook, it ain’t nothin’ but the blues!! CLICK HERE TO GET A TRANSCRIPTION OF […]

A Swinging Solo Break by Red Garland on “A Foggy Day” (LOTW #171)

Here is Red Garland’s solo break from a classic album of his, “A Garland of Red” (1957). There is some quintessential playing from Red on this record that is definitely worth checking out! https://youtu.be/9O5UwrR2Nt4 CLICK HERE TO GET A TRANSCRIPTION OF THE LICK If you have questions or suggestions for a Lick Of The Week […]

JPS Ep:136 – Playing in 7/4 Meter with Claves

Playing in 7/4 meter can be a fun way to explore new rhythmic possibilities and comes with its own set of challenges. In this podcast lesson, we will explore ways of practicing 7/4 by using rhythmic claves to make it feel as natural as possible. Come along and feel the beat!