JazzPianoSkills Blog

Oct. 11, 2021

Traditional Locked Hands

Greetings JazzPianoSkills Fam! OK, I have waited to write this blog post until we completed our five-week series of Traditional Locked Hands Voicings. When beginning to discover, learn, and play any new jazz piano skill it is always best to do so b…

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Greetings JazzPianoSkills Fam! I'm a little late with this Blog Post considering that the Chet Baker, Autumn Leaves episode was released on August 24th but as the old saying goes, "better late than never!" To begin, if you are wanting the lines yo…

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Aug. 22, 2021

Rhythmic Vocabulary, 3

Greetings JazzPianoSkills Fam!For the last few weeks, we have been focusing on the development of Rhythmic Vocabulary. Rhythm rarely gets the attention it deserves, especially when compared to the attention given to Melody and Harmony. The irony abo…

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Aug. 16, 2021

Rhythmic Vocabulary, 2

Greetings JazzPianoSkills Fam! This last week we continued our exploration of developing Rhythmic Vocabulary using fundamental quarter note, eighth note patterns. Two weeks ago we used scale motion (Dorian Mode) to play twelve rhythmic patterns. Th…

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Aug. 9, 2021

Rhythmic Vocabulary, 1

Greetings JazzPianoSkills Fam! Last week's podcast episode addressed the importance (and need) to seriously think about, study, practice, and develop Rhythmic Vocabulary. Rhythm, without question, is the most neglected aspect of music from both tea…

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July 31, 2021

Harmonization of Scales

Greetings JazzPianoSkills Fam! This week I concluded a very intense Podcast Series consisting of 5 Episodes that explored the harmonization of the primary scales (Major, Dominant, Minor, Half Diminished, and Diminished). I stressed throughout the e…

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Greetings JazzPianoSkills Fam! In previous podcast episodes, I outlined how to harmonize the Major, Dominant, and Minor scales. This week we continued our harmonization exploration and tackled the Half Diminished Scale. I am not sure why this is th…

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Greetings JazzPianoSkills Fam! This week I produced a new JazzPianoSkills Podcast Episode exploring the classic jazz standard Mr. P.C. by jazz legend John Coltrane. Mr. P.C. is a minor blues that has become a staple in the jazz repertoire. Mr. P.C.…

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July 10, 2021

Jazz Legend, Dan Haerle

Greetings JazzPianoSkills Fam!This past week I had the opportunity to sit down and discuss jazz piano with jazz pianist, composer, author, educator, legend, and friend, Dan Haerle. You can watch and listen to this podcast episode at JazzPianoSkillsP…

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Greetings JazzPianoSkills Fam! This week my jazz piano lesson and podcast explored the harmonization of minor scales; specifically the minor Dorian Mode. As I stressed throughout the podcast episode, the harmonization of any scale is a big-time jaz…

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