Using The Circle of Fifths

Using The Circle of Fifths

The Circle of Fifths The circle of fifths is a fantastic practice tool. It can help you practice scales more effectively, learn key signatures and even learn basic and advanced harmonization techniques. In this article, I am going to show you some circle of fifths...
Workshop With Willie

Workshop With Willie

Since starting work here at JAZZEDGE as the Student Services Representative many of my daily tasks have involved communicating with students and researching new ways to connect with not only our students but our community. Willie and Valerie have been interested in...
Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 9

Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 9

Somewhere over the Hollywood sign There was a time in my life when I was in my late teens-early twenties that I felt fairly certain that I would be the subject of many interviews in my career. Already, I’d been on a few radio shows and in several local newspapers, and...
Melodic Minor Harmony

Melodic Minor Harmony

Let’s take a look at how we can use the Melodic Minor Scale. This scale has some benefits and detriments over the Major scale. One benefit is that there are really no avoid notes in the scale. However a detriment is that we can not use only one melodic minor...
Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 8

Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 8

Playing Favorites A few years ago my family and I were on a summer vacation in Rhode Island. It was raining one morning, a morning that I had to drive to my brother’s house a few miles away. The car I was operating was a rental, probably a 2010 model, with very few...
Student Spotlight : Kyle P. Jameson

Student Spotlight : Kyle P. Jameson

In my first six months here at JAZZEDGE I noticed a common beginner student question: “I am a beginner, can these lessons bring me to a professional or almost professional playing level?” Our answer has always been of course our lessons will guide you in that...
Studio Work

Studio Work

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to do some studio work for a local singer. Studio work is different than playing a gig, soI thought I’d give you some studio tips to make your experience in the studio both fun and productive. What is Studio Work? First...
Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 7

Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 7

Should auld acquaintance be forgot? Staring down the end of the year, I’m debating the deployment of one of several tried, perhaps tired, and true formats for this column; the Best Of list, the Recap, the Resolutions, the Remembrance, and so on. I’ve decided that it’s...
Guide To Quickly Arranging Lead Sheets

Guide To Quickly Arranging Lead Sheets

In this month’s article, I am going to talk about different techniques you can use to quickly create an arrangement from a lead sheet. Lead sheets, sometimes referred to “Lead Lines” are when you are presented with only the chords and melody of a...
Newsletter – November 2011

Newsletter – November 2011

At PianoWithWillie.com, we are getting ready for our busiest time of year. When I think back to last November, I marvel at the fact that it was still only Willie and I communicating with students and running the business. Since November 2010, Willie and I have made a...
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