My 4 Step Standards course teaches you how to arrange songs from a fakebook at the piano. You’ll learn how to arrange a lead sheet by breaking down the arranging steps into more manageable layers that you continue to add to. For example, you begin with a simple melody and chord shells. From there, you have a framework to build a more complex arrangement.

4 Step Standards Vol. 1

In this 4-step mini course we will cover different ways to arrange, improvise and accompany oneself using George Gershwin’s standard Someone To Watch Over Me. Step 1 is perfect for beginner and intermediate level students who want to learn how to arrange standards.

Other Chapters in this Piano Lesson:

Introduction
Melody and Fingering
Chord Shells
Filling Out The Arrangement

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4 Step Standards Vol. 2

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In step 2 I am going to show you how to re-harmonize the song using some simple concepts at first, then moving into more advanced techniques. The first part of the lesson (part 1) is great for beginner – intermediate level students. Part 2 is perfect for those intermediate and advanced students who want a few more “tools” for their arranging toolbox.

Other Chapters in this Piano Lesson:

Reharm Pt 1
Reharm Pt 2
Measure 10

4 Step Standards Vol. 3

In this 3rd step we are focusing on accompaniment. Whether you’re interested in accompanying yourself while singing or you’re working with others, these techniques in this lesson will help you be more effective and ‘clear’ in your accompaniments. Sneak peak of lesson 4 at the end!

Other Chapters in this Piano Lesson:

Song Introduction
Song Ending
Ear Training
Accompanying
Too High or Too Low
Preview of Step 4

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4 Step Standards Vol. 4

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This step will be broken into 2 lessons. In this first lesson, we will cover all of the scales for improvisation. How often do you get confused when it comes to making these scales start to sound like improvisation? In this lesson, I’ll show you some techniques that will help you make more musical sounding lines from scales.

Other Chapters in this Piano Lesson:

Improvisation
Scales for Improv 1
Scales for Improv 2
2nd Ending
What to Practice

4 Step Standards Vol. 4b

In this last step we will learn how to go from scales to improvisation. Using these simple exercises and concepts that I’ve laid out, you are able to create improvisation lines from the scales that we created in step 4.

Other Chapters in this Piano Lesson:

Important to remember
Scale cell exercise pt. 1
Scale cell exercise pt. 2
Targeting the 3rd
Targeting the 5th
Add rhythm to your line

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