Jazz Improvisation Tutorial

This jazz improvisation tutorial features one of the all-time most requested and recorded jazz standards – “Autumn Leaves” written by Joseph Kosma way back in 1945. The song continues to be a favorite among jazz players and audiences today. In this...

Reharmonization – First Steps

Reharmonization. It’s kind of a funny word when you first encounter it. It means exactly what it sounds like. To reharmonize something is to alter the harmony, and when we talk about harmony we’re really talking about chords. So to put it plainly, to reharmonize...

Blue in Green – Lush Piano Chords

The beautiful jazz ballad “Blue in Green” is a jazz piano staple. First appearing on Miles Davis’ classic jazz album “Kind of Blue” in 1959, the song is often attributed to jazz piano hero Bill Evans (though Miles Davis is credited as the...

Jazz Improvisation Exercises

Countless books and college courses have focused on all types of jazz improvisation exercises. With so many opinions on practicing the art of improvisation, it’s often a question of where to begin. In this article we’ll take a look at some of our favorite...

Tri-Tonos, Substituciones de Tritono y Re-armonización

Los tritonos definitivamente le añaden condimento a tu forma de tocar. Pero mucha gente se confunde cuando llega el momento de utilizarlos. En este artículo lo voy a explicar: El Tritono ¿Qué es una Resolución? Movimiento de Dominante (Resolución) Enlaces ii-V-I...

Days of Wine and Roses: Jazz Arranging

In this article we’ll take a look at a great jazz standard, “The Days of Wine and Roses,” and talk about advanced jazz arranging concepts. We’re going to squeeze out so much information in just 4 measures that your brain might explode from the...

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

In this article we’ll be discussing a classic Stevie Wonder track, “Isn’t She Lovely.” We’ll take a look and a listen to this tune and cover some of the basic keyboard necessities to get started playing this song. One of the things about...

Three Latin Piano Grooves

In this article we’ll be taking a look at three must-have latin piano grooves. The great thing about these latin piano grooves is that they’re fairly easy and illustrate quite nicely how much music you can make using simple chord structures and some...

Jazz Arranging Techniques 101 – “Sunny”

In this article we’re going to challenge your understanding of jazz arranging techniques. We’ll start off with a really common chord progression and then tweak it step-by-step, sprinkling in some of the common jazz arranging tricks of the pros. The chord...