I am a hard-working and devoted pianist, composer, songwriter, blogger, arts management student, self-marketer, and entrepreneur who happens to also be obsessed with creating art, connecting with people, watching Tim Burton movies, and many other things. I started playing piano around the age of three when my dad started teaching me to play some of the simpler Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart pieces for piano. I think the first song I ever learned was Für Elise. My ear ended up being far better than my reading skill (an unfortunate circumstance that continues today), and the many teachers I studied with in my youth allowed me to play only music that I could read. I ended up truly disliking most of these simple tunes in lesson books, and finally quit the piano until I discovered jazz in 5th grade when I heard the 315 All Stars, an incredible Syracuse, NY high school jazz ensemble that existed back in the day. From there on out, it’s all a blur. I studied with Rick Montalbano for the next 8 years, all the while meeting hundreds of incredible musicians and friends who I still love today. My freshman year of college, I attended The Brubeck Institute in Stockton, California. It proved to be an incredible year and really helped me develop as an artist. I am now a senior Arts Management major at SUNY Purchase College, in Purchase, NY.
In this short jazz piano lesson, you will learn a great warm up exercise to use before each time you sit down to play or practice. In this exercise, you alternate between arppegiating a Major7#11 chord and minor11 chord, moving this pattern down in half-steps.
In this short jazz piano lesson, you will learn the basics for how to improvise (also known as taking a solo) over the chord changes for the song “Donna Lee,” a bebop song composed by Miles Davis and popularized by Charlie Parker.
Scales to know:
Major scale – used on Major 7 chords
Dorian scale – second mode of major, used on minor 7 chords
Dominant scale – also known as mixolydian (fifth mode of major), used on dominant chords
whole-half diminished – used on diminished chords
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In this short jazz piano lesson, you will learn a great warm up exercise to use before each time you sit down to play or practice. You are essentially cycling through the major bebop scale and its relative harmonic minor scale in all keys.