Jazz Improv Tutorial – Solo Restrictions Part 1 – Note Restrictions

This short jazz improvisation tutorial will teach you some ways to restrict yourself while practicing improvisation. This helps you avoid finger patters and forces you to be more creative.

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Note Restrictions:

-1 note
-2 notes
-Notes within a minor third
-Notes within a fifth
-within an octave

Jazz Piano Tutorial: Pretty Minor 11 Voicing

This short video lesson will help you build your arsenal of piano voicings, which can of course be useful for improvisation, composition and arranging. This voicing is called a Minor 11 chord because it has an 11 on top.

New Band for You to Check Out Called “Squid”!

Hi everyone. Thanks to Superstorm Sandy and my lack of power/piano, I haven’t been able to plan any of my JPC posts. Instead, I’ve decided to share something else with you. Here is a video of a new band that I’m a part of called Squid. This song is called “Sandy,” and it goes out to everyone affected by the storm. I’d love to hear what you think!

Advanced Ear Training – Relative Pitch Exercises Part 1

In this video, we will go through some advanced ear training exercises that will train your relative pitch to  a point where you no longer have any trouble learning songs by ear.  Many people do not understand that ear training, just like training any muscle in your body, is a process that requires diligence and persistence. However, in many ways, ear training is also easier than many people think. If music is a language, and music theory is grammar, then ear training is like opening up a dictionary and memorizing words. Learning to hear and remember new sounds is much like memorizing these new words that you are adding to your vocabulary.

The way this exercise works is that we go through a fairly tough series of chords. I give you the starting pitch of “C” and then you have to name the notes in the chord from bottom to top. This is tough ear training, so if you nail this you’re in great shape and you should have no problem learning music by ear!

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How to Play Like Erroll Garner – Misty

It isn’t often that you hear Erroll Garner’s piano style being mimicked  by contemporary pianists. Maybe it’s because his style was so unique that anyone copying it would simply be too obvious.  His left hand “romping,”  much like Freddie Green’s guitar comping style,  and his ability to bend the time as he plays lines in his right hand is of course unmistakably his own technique.  But even if you are not going to be an Erroll Garner copycat when you’re performing, trying to play like him can be extremely fun, and once you get the hang of it, extremely swinging.  This short video highlights his general technical and stylistic tendencies. Enjoy.