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"A Mid-Summer Session"

A Mid-Summer Session: Learn a Bluesy, Gospel-flavor song while also learning new techniques, licks and “walk ups”. I will explain how to play “A Mid-Summer Session” note for note on the piano. Also I’m going to go through all of the techniques and chords I am using for this arrangement. By learning how to play“A Mid-Summer Session” you will learn to get these techniques under your fingertips. After learning the arrangement, you will also get to see how I came up with the chords I’m using in this song.

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"Ain't Misbehavin" - Vol. 1

In this lesson, I will show you note-for-note Fats Waller’s performance of Ain’t Misbehavin. This lesson will be broken into 2 parts. Part 1 (this lesson) will focus on the song introduction and the first 2 A sections. In “Ain’t Misbehavin” – Vol. 2 we will finish the song. This lesson is real fun if you like this stride piano sound then this lesson is definitely for you because you can take these techniques and apply them to other songs in your repertoire.

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"Ain't Misbehavin" - Vol. 2

We are covering the B section and the final A section. The B section holds some very nice runs that are quite a challenge! I will also show you how using these runs under different chords will give you runs like Oscar Peterson!

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"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”: In this lesson, you will learn the keyboard part that was played on the classic recording “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. This is not a solo piano arrangement of the song but rather a transcription of what was actually played in the studio by the keyboard player on the recording. You will learn this song in parts, breaking the music into 4-8 measure sections making it easy to learn and easy to memorize. So purchase this famous track, put your headphones on, and get ready to play along as a member of the band as you add this great tune to your repertoire!

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"Alfie" - Burt Bacarach

Learn Burt Bacarach’s beautiful song Alfie. In this lesson, I will break down the piano arrangement note-for-note. We will only be learning the song in the lesson, no improvisation. There will also be little explanation of how the arrangement was created. The goal is to just learn the song note for note. The skill level needed in order to play Alfie would be intermediate to professional level. It’s pretty intense with a lot of notes in it.

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"Alice in Wonderland" Fakebook Comping - Vol. 1

In this lesson we will be using the 3/4-time song Alice In Wonderland to cover some very important comping techniques. This first part of the lesson will cover the first 16 measures of the song. In upcoming part 2, we will finish the song. This approach will give you the perfect balance between having a challenge and being overwhelmed, thus allowing you to really get the first part of the lesson down pat before moving on.

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"All Blues" Techniques

In this lesson we break apart sections of Miles Davis's song "All Blues." We will learn the groove section and I'll also show you how the melody lines up with the groove. However, our main focus will be on improvisation and some advanced concepts like maintaing flow while improvising over the baseline. We will also cover Four "over" Six rhythms and how to incorporate them into the song.

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"All of Me" Arrangement - Vol. 1A

In this lesson, you will learn how to play an arrangement of the jazz standard All of Me. We will cover note-for-note each measure of the arrangement. We will also be covering stride left-hand styles along with some jazz piano theory which will allow you to apply these techniques to other jazz piano standards.

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"All of Me" Arrangement - Vol. 1B

In the 2nd part of this arrangement, you will continue learning how to play an arrangement of the jazz standard All of Me. We will cover note-for-note each measure of the arrangement. We will also be covering stride left-hand styles along with some jazz piano theory which will allow you to apply these techniques to other jazz piano standards.

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"All of Me" The Improvisation - Vol. 2A

In this lesson, You will learn two different ways to play the melody for use in a trio setting. In addition, you will learn various ways to use rhythm in your comping and within the melody. Also, You will learn some simple ways to think about improvisation using small groupings of notes so that you can create stronger rhythmic solos. Be sure to play and practice with the play-along tracks provided!

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"All of Me" The Improvisation - Vol. 2B

In the 2nd part of this lesson, you will learn two different ways to play the melody for use in a trio setting. In addition, you will learn various ways to use rhythm in your comping and within the melody. Also, you will learn some simple ways to think about improvisation using small groupings of notes so that you can create stronger rhythmic solos.

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"Amazing Grace"

Learn how to create an arrangement for Amazing Grace. Re-harmonization and improv techniques are also covered.

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"As Time Goes By"

In this lesson I’ll show you how to create a full arrangement of As Time Goes By using my step-by-step standards system. We will start with easy chord shells then I’ll teach you a more advanced arrangement and show you how to do quick chromatic fills to create a more personal style for your arrangements. You should do the My Romance lesson before starting this lesson. Finally, I’ll give you some “pro tips” to make your lead sheet playing sound more professional.

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"Auld Lang Syne" Special Reharmonization - Vol. 1

In this lesson we are going to work through an arrangement for Auld Lang Syne in 8 steps (The 8th step is Special Reharm pt 2). In each step we will add a new technique that we can use for reharmonization of this song and countless others. If you are interested in reharmonization, want to create your own arrangements or need more help with concepts like Dominant motion, related ii's, tri-tone substitution then this lesson is for you! Even beginners can benefit from this lesson...just remember to go slow and re-watch the chapters!

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"Autumn Leaves"

In this lesson, I’ll teach you how to improvise over the standard Autumn Leaves. I’ll also show you different practicing tricks to make it easier to learn the song and the improvisation. Many students ask me “What do I start with and where do I go from there?” I’m going to lay this out so you have a “plan of attack” to make it easier to learn these important concepts!

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"Bebop Blues"

For this lesson, I transcribed (3) choruses from a YouTube video featuring a Ray Charles bebop blues. In the lesson I will teach you step-by-step each of the choruses and also show you how to practice the song so that you can incorporate these ideas into your own soloing. If you like the bebop and blues sound, you'll love this lesson.

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"Besame Mucho"

"Bésame Mucho" ("Kiss me a lot") is a song written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez. I will show you this beautiful song note-for-note. I will also show you how to incorporate other latin grooves to create an improvisation.

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"Blackbird"

I will teach you my arrangement of the Lennon-McCartney song "Blackbird." I will explain the harmony and arrangement to you while also showing you how to create a flowing, arpeggiated style. We will also discuss ways to create your own signature style on this and other songs. In this lesson, I recorded an improvisation with a click track to make it easier to transcribe.

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"Blessed Assurance"

In this lesson you'll learn how to analyze this traditional hymn and play it with basic triads, perfect for beginners. I also created a more contemporary arrangement with some cool reharmonization techniques and big chords.

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"Blue Bossa" - Vol. 1

In this lesson, you will learn to tackle the standard “Blue Bossa” and arrange various phrases of the song with some pro techniques. In the end, you’ll have a fully scored (and explained) arrangement of this tune. Concepts discussed include: chromatic approach, inserting a ii-V-I, using dominant sus4 resolutions, tritone substitutions, quartal voicings, modulation, drop-2 voicings, and reharmonization.

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"Blue In Green"

Learn how to play this classic song from Miles Davis, “Kind of Blue” recording. Since this is a more advanced “like a pro” lesson, you’ll learn how to create chord substitutions that you can use to add more spice to the arrangement.

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"Body and Soul" - Vol. 1

In this lesson, we will be tackling the jazz standard Body & Soul. Learn how to play this in a professional way. This lesson will focus on the first 8 measures of the song. Learn the correct method for going through this or any other jazz standard and turn it into a professional piece.

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"Body and Soul" - Vol. 2

In this second part and conclusion of our Body and Soul lesson, you’ll learn how to play the 8-measure bridge, coupled with first 8 measures of the song to complete 32-measure form. You will learn the original melody and harmony as well as learn to use advanced harmonic devices such as tritone substitutions, diminished scale harmony, internal harmonic motion, and how to use motivic development in the melody. At the end of the lesson, you will have all the information necessary to play a beautiful professional arrangement of this timeless jazz classic.

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"Break On Through To The Other Side" - The Doors

"Break On Through (To the Other Side)" is a song by the Doors from their debut album, The Doors. It was the first single released by the band. In this lesson we will break down each section of the song, including Ray Manzarek's solo.

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"Cantaloupe Island"

This is a classic funky tune with a great piano groove. In this lesson, I'll teach you the groove, how to alter it and also how to add some improvisation. We will also discuss inside/outside soloing techniques.

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"Chameleon" Bass Lines w/ Improvisation

Learn how to improvise over Herbie Hancock's classic tune "Chameleon". The exercises presented in this lesson are a great way to get your hands playing in sync, especially over a syncopated bass line like Chameleon.

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"Chestnuts Roasting"

Learn my arrangement of the holiday favorite, "Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire". I will also cover some "runs" and "fills."

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"Danny Boy" - Londonderry Air

I cover a lot of really neat reharmonization techniques in this lesson, including dominant motion, related ii-V’s, dominant motion and much more. Best of all, you get to learn a beautiful ballad arrangement of the song.

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"Don't Get Around Much Anymore"

This lesson features a popular Duke Ellington tune. You will learn an advanced arrangement of this tune and breakdown the various jazz devices that go into creating a pro arrangement. Topics covered in this lesson include mapping the form, bebop scale harmony and theory, and the planning technique.

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