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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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"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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"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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"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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"Fly Me To The Moon"

I will teach you how to play this song in a solo/cocktail piano style using an easy shells and melody approach. After we cover the basic arrangement I'll show you how to create fills and flourishes. We will also cover how to create an ending. This is a great introduction to Real Book / Fakebook playing.

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"Georgia On My Mind"

Georgia on My Mind was written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael (music) and Stuart Gorrell (lyrics). I’ll teach you how to re-harmonize and play my arrangement. Soloing tips will also be available.

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"In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning"

In this song lesson, we will use our step-by-step standards technique (similar to My Romance) to create an arrangement. In three steps (plus analysis) we will go from melody to complete arrangement along with some advanced tips to help you apply these techniques to other standards.

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"Moon River"

In this lesson, you'll learn how to play Henry Mancini’s Moon River arrangement step by step while also learning how to create a flowing left-hand ballad style.

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"My Romance"

In this lesson I will break down the Rogers and Hart standard My romance into 5 easy steps. We are using the chords right out of the Real Book with limited re-harmonizations. Many students have asked “How do I play from a fakebook?” Well, this is the lesson for you! The information in this lesson can easily be applied to thousands of other standards.

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"Stella By Starlight"

In this lesson, I will show you how to arrange the classic standard Stella By Starlight in a Ballad style. We will also focus on how to comp and accompany. This is great if you work with a singer, accompany yourself or need to comp behind a soloist.

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"Stormy Weather"

You will learn how to re-harmonize the song and play the arrangement. However, we will also cover improvisation and I left room for a "followup" chapter to answer students questions about the lesson!

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"What A Wonderful World" - Vol. 1 (Arrangement)

In this lesson, we will focus on creating a beautiful arrangement using our shells and melody technique. Much like the My Romance lesson, this lesson will go step-by-step through the song so that you can see a finished arrangement using these techniques. Picking apart this arrangement and the techniques used, will be a valuable exercise for students of all levels.

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"What A Wonderful World" - Vol. 2 (Improvisation)

In this arrangement, the song What a Wonderful World is played three times. The first time the arrangement from Wonderful World part 1 is played. The second time through the song I play a solo and the third time, I play my own personal arrangement using chords and voicings that come naturally to me. The key to this lesson is that we’ve included chapters SLOWED DOWN by 50% to make it easier for you to see the notes that I am playing!

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"When Sunny Gets Blue"

In this lesson you’ll learn When Sunny Gets Blues using my step-by-step standards approach. This is a perfect lesson for all levels, especially beginners. You'll learn how to analyze the song, which makes it easier to memorize, while also learning improvisational flourishes to make it sound more full.

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12 Days of Jazz Standards

In this lesson I'll take you through the 12 levels (I broke them into days for this lesson) and show you once and for all the steps necessary to play standards and lead sheets from a fakebook. This lesson should be your FIRST lesson before beginning my other courses on standards and fakebooks. The goal of this lesson is to introduce you to the levels and show you where to get more help on each level, so this is a great summary lesson. We will use the song "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" as an example.

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15 Blues Licks

In this lesson you will learn 15 cool Blues licks. Each lick is presented with minimal talking, so you can get right into learning and applying these licks into your own playing

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4-Layer Standards

In this lesson you'll learn how to think of playing standards in layers. Each layer adds sparkle to the arrangement and you'll learn how to use these layers for maximum effect!

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5 Must Have Rhythms

5 rhythms that are great to master and use in your improvisations. You'll learn each rhythm along with examples of how to use them.

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ABC's of the Blues - Vol. 1

In this series, I break down how to create a blues song based upon my ABC approach. A stands for accompaniments and style, B is Building a Solo and C is chords and progressions. This part 1 will cover parts A and B.

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ABC's of the Blues - Vol. 2

In this second part, we are going to cover how to create your own blues composition in four different styles: Shuffle, Swing, Rock and Stride. This lesson makes it easy to create a blues composition that will have a clear structure which you can then easily improvise over. We will also cover an introduction and ending for all four styles of blues that we covered.

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Accompaniment Toolkit

A great lesson for anyone wanting to accompany themselves or others while singing. This lesson is also great if you want to get better at comping chords. I've broken the lesson into three concepts to focus on: Introductions, Endings and Comping.

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Accompaniments and Turnarounds

Learn 8 different Blues accompaniment patterns and turnarounds. We cover different styles like New Orleans, Country, Boogie and Funk. You will also learn how to apply these patterns to your own playing.

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Analysis and Starting Improv

In this lesson you'll learn how to analyze the song Easy Living. We will also cover what to do if you lose the form and how to quickly spin up an improvisation using only 2 scales.

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Beginner's Guide

In this first lesson you'll learn the 15 steps you need to follow if you are new to improvisation. The Step-By-Step Improvisation Over Standards Beginner's Guide will give you actionable, step-by-step list of lessons and courses to follow in a specific order.

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Beginning Jazz & Blues Improv 1

In this first lesson we will be covering the basics of improvisation like rhythm, fingering, relaxing, phrasing and more. I'll also show you how to get started improvising in 6 steps.

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