Intermediate/Advanced Live Workshop (8/5/20)

In this workshop, you will learn everything you need to know about modulation! We’ll discuss when, why, and how to modulate a tune. We’ll learn 4 common modulations, including half-step, whole-step, minor 3rd, and 4th. Then Jonny will demonstrate 8 essential techniques for modulating.

Be sure to download the lesson sheet below and join us for this Live Workshop on August 5 at 6pm PDT.

Beginner/Intermediate Live Workshop (8/3/20)

In this workshop, you will learn everything you need to know about modulation! We’ll discuss when, why, and how to modulate a tune. We’ll learn 4 common modulations, including half-step, whole-step, minor 3rd, and 4th. Then Jonny will demonstrate 6 essential techniques for modulating.

Be sure to download the lesson sheet below and join us for this Live Workshop on August 3 at 6pm PDT.

Intermediate/Advanced Live Workshop (7/15/20)

Learn the most important scale for improv over almost any song or style, the Major Blues Scale (Gospel Scale). We’ll cover essential exercises to master speed, how to finger the scale in all 12 keys, how to use the scale over multiple styles, and how to improvise a solo using techniques like harmonized slides, turns, & rolls.

Beginner/Intermediate Live Workshop (7/13/20)

Learn the most important scale for improv over almost any song or style, the Major Blues Scale (Gospel Scale). We’ll cover essential exercises to master speed, how to finger the scale in multiple keys, how to use the scale over multiple styles, and how to improvise a solo using techniques like 8ths, triplets, and slides.

Intermediate/Advanced Live Workshop (6/17/20)

Learn how to transform the hymn Amazing Grace into the Slow Gospel Blues Style. Starting with the lead sheet, we’ll add the bass line, chords, right hand harmonies, and discuss how to improvise a solo.

Beginner/Intermediate Live Workshop (6/10/20)

Transform the hymn Amazing Grace into the Slow Gospel Blues Style. Starting with the lead sheet, we’ll add the bass line, chords, right hand harmonies, and discuss how to improvise a solo.

Intermediate/Advanced Live Workshop (5/20/20)

In the Intermediate/Advanced Live Workshop, we break down a notated jazz solo to show you exactly how jazz pianists construct a solo. We’ll analyze the scales, rhythms, embellishments, and approach tones used. We’ll also analyze the left hand bass techniques used in the solo.

For this Workshop, we’re annotating the lesson sheet music, so make sure to download the lesson sheet music. You can use a pencil or pen, but we recommend using colored pencils so that you can color code different techniques. We also recommend downloading the backing tracks so you can play along.

Beginner/Intermediate Live Workshop (5/20/20)

In the Beginner/Intermediate Live Workshop, we’re breaking down a notated jazz solo to show you exactly how jazz pianists construct a solo. We’ll analyze the scales, rhythms, embellishments, and approach tone techniques used. We’ll also analyze the left hand bass techniques used in the solo.

For this Workshop, we’re annotating the lesson sheet music, so make sure to download the lesson sheet music. You can use a pencil or pen, but we recommend using colored pencils so that you can color code different techniques. We also recommend downloading the backing tracks so you can play along.

Intermediate/Advanced Live Workshop (4/15/20)

In the May 2020 Live Workshop, you learned how to play Cocktail Piano Accompaniment. You’ll learn 12 accompaniment techniques including Chord Clusters, Interval Rocking, and Block Chords.

Beginner/Intermediate Live Workshop (4/15/20)

In the May 2020 Live Workshop, you learned how to play Cocktail Piano Accompaniment. You’ll learn 12 accompaniment techniques including Chord Shells, Passing Tones, & Interval Rocking.

Jazz Ballad Composition Workshop (3/18/20)

Learn how to compose an original jazz ballad. Starting with a chord sheet, we’ll discuss 3 left hand jazz ballad accompaniment approaches, how to write a melody using major scales, step-wise motion, and skips, and composition techniques like motifs, sequencing, mirror image, & rhythmic displacement.

Next we’ll compose an original piece of music together, discussing how to to use consonant notes, story arch, form, ornaments, counter-melodies, and 4 right hand harmony techniques.

Watch the full workshop in our course library here.

Intermediate/Advanced Live Workshop (3/18/20)

Get ready for the March 2020 Intermediate/Advanced Workshop, where you will learn how to compose an original jazz ballad. Continuing our discussion from the Beginner/Intermediate Workshop, we will compose an original piece of music together, discussing how to to use consonant notes, story arch, form, ornaments, counter-melodies, and 4 right hand harmony techniques.

If you want to learn how to write beautiful melodies, we recommend that you attend both workshops.

Intermediate/Advanced Live Workshop (2/12/20)

Learn 7 techniques to accompany a singer or instrumentalist on a jazz swing tune.  We’ll cover the the basic chords, rootless voicings, walking bass lines, quartal voicings, stride, and re-harmonization.

Beginner/Intermediate Live Workshop (1/15/20)

In the Beginner/Intermediate Stride Piano live workshop, you learn how to play stride piano with the tune After You’ve Gone.

Building from a lead sheet, we discuss the melody and chords, how to create a stride left hand, the 3 right hand stride embellishments, how to solo using only one scale, and 2 exercises to master soloing! If you love Fats Waller, Art Tatum, and James P Johnson, you definitely don’t want to miss this workshop.

Intermediate/Advanced Live Workshop (1/15/20)

In the Intermediate/Advanced Stride Piano live workshop, you learn how to play stride piano with the tune After You’ve Gone.

Building from a lead sheet, we discuss the melody and chords, how to create a stride left hand, the 8 right hand stride embellishments, how to solo using the chord position approach, and exercises to master soloing! If you love Fats Waller, Art Tatum, and James P Johnson, you definitely don’t want to miss this workshop.

Intermediate/Advanced Live Workshop (12/18/19)

Learn how to improvise over the Extended Turnaround Progression, used in hundreds of jazz standards including O Christmas Tree. You’ll learn 2 left hand accompaniments, 12 right hand soloing techniques, 12 exercises to master improv, and the 3 Line Building Principles to create interesting lines.

Watch the full workshop here.

Beginner/Intermediate Live Workshop (12/18/19)

Learn how to improvise over the Extended Turnaround Progression, including 3 left hand accompaniments, 4 right hand soloing techniques, and 6 exercises to master improv.

You can watch the full workshop here.

Intermediate/Advanced Live Workshop (11/20/19)

In the November 2019 Workshop, you learned how to play It Came Upon a Midnight Clear lead sheet in a jazz waltz piano style.  We covered rootless voicings, chord pops, right hand harmony, slides, fills, turns, & soloing exercises.