No Bull Piano Courses

No Bull Piano™ courses are a smaller subset of the full Jazzedge  site.

30-Day Piano Playbook

My 30-Day Piano Playbook is a great way to get started with my lessons. Through these 30 lessons you'll learn about rhythm, improvisation, chords and more. Days 1-19 are easier lessons, while days 20-30 are more advanced.

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Rhythm Essentials

In this course you will learn how to improve your rhythm at the piano. Using a combination of my easy vocalization approach, exercises, examples and tips you'll be on your way to becoming what I call a “Total Musician.”

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Piano Essentials (Beginner)

Learn your essential scales, chords and progression in this in-depth course. This beginner course focuses on the 6 keys you should master first. Once complete, move on to the advanced course.

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Piano Essentials (Advanced)

Learn your essential scales, chords and progression in this in-depth course. This advanced course focuses on the next 6 keys. Start with the beginner course before doing this advanced course.

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No Bull Guide To Jazz Piano™ (Beginner)

To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, my No Bull Guide to Jazz Piano™ will show you how to improvise like a jazz player! This beginner course will teach you how to improvise, even if you have never improvised before! Course too easy? Check out my advanced course.

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Step-By-Step Improvisation Over Standards

In this course you'll learn how to really improvise over standards. We begin with our Improvisation Guide which shows you what lessons and courses you should learn if you're new to improvisation. Next, we begin improvising over standards "Easy Living" and "My Romance" so you see real-world examples of how to create a solo.

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No Bull Guide To Jazz Piano™ (Advanced)

In this advanced course, you'll take your jazz playing up a level by learning how to form rootless chords, comp and improvise over a more complicated blues progression. Course too difficult? Check out my beginner course.

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Learn Jazz Piano (The Basics)

This is my Ben's Blues lesson. In this course you'll learn the basics of becoming a jazz piano player. We use the 12-bar blues to learn bass lines, rootless chords and improvisation. All the basics a budding jazz pianist needs in his or her toolbox.

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No Bull Piano™

My No Bull Piano™ course features lessons that strip away the B.S. that bloats other methods. Learn new techniques, clearly explained, that you can use right away in your piano playing.

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Practice With Willie

In this course I have created videos of me taking one particular topic and showing you how to practice it. Topics range from easy to more advanced.

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How To Play Standards

If you have never played a standard before, start here to learn the different layers to create an arrangement of a standard and learn to improvise over it. This course is also home to my 12 Days of Jazz Standards lesson featuring "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square."

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Step-By-Step Standards

In this course you'll learn how to create arrangements of standards using my step-by-step approach. This course will also show you how to create accompaniments for you to sing over or accompany others.

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Chord Essentials (Beginner)

In this course you will learn your chords using real examples that focus on the different keys using a variety of styles! These styles include, ballad, driving Rock, bossanova, swing, country rock, boogie blues, funk, classical, smooth jazz and stride.

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Chord Essentials (Advanced)

In this course you will learn the next 6 keys using real examples that focus on the different keys using a variety of styles! These styles include, ballad, driving Rock, bossanova, swing, country rock, boogie blues, funk, classical, smooth jazz and stride.

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Improvisation Essentials (Beginner)

Improvisation Essentials, or ‘Improv’ Essentials for short, is a collection of lessons designed to improve your improvisation skills. If you’ve ever dreamed of improvising over jazz standards and other styles of music, this is the course you need! In this beginner course we are focusing on creating improv patterns and learning basic progressions and how to improvise over them.

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Easy Jazz Standards

These easy arrangements are a great to way get started playing jazz standards. In combination with my "How To Play Standards" course, you will be well on your way to building a great jazz repertoire!

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Scales and Chords

In this course you will learn how to create scales, find scales that work over specific chords and understand diatonic chords in detail.

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Jam With Willie

Each month, jam with me over a 'to be determined' groove, progression, song, etc. At the end of the month I combine the videos in one master performance of all students!

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7 Days of Improvisation

This lesson is great for intermediate players or any student that wants new ideas that add to their toolkit. Learning how to improvise doesn’t have to be mysterious or scary. I’ve learned that there is a definite approach in how to teach this skill that makes it easy for all students to learn.

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Blues Licks & Riffs

In this course you will learn several different Otis Spann, Gene Harris and blues/gospel licks. Chord progressions, chord voicings, rhythmic techniques and a wealth of improvisation material are also included.

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Blues Song Arrangements

In this course you will different blues song arrangements. If you like the bebop and blues sound, slow and soulful blues and are ready to focus on improvisation combined with some advance concepts then this is the collection for you!

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Blues Song Improvisation

In this collection we will cover different ways to improvise over blues-type songs. The first lessons are easier then we progress into some more advanced techniques. You'll learn about boogie styles along with a bebop blues with walking bassline. These techniques are great for blues and jazz.

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Beginning Jazz and Blues Improv

In this collection we will cover the basics of how to combine melody, rhythm and harmony to create an improvised line. By utilizing material that I’ve created for beginners to improvisation, this collection will be easy and welcoming to all levels. The techniques you learn here will apply to all styles of improvised music!

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Slow Blues 1

Learn that slow, soulful blues style in this course. You'll learn different accompaniment styles to make your slow blues playing sound more rich and full. We will also cover how to improvise over the blues for beginners.

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