Richer Piano Chord Voicings with Quartals

Richer Piano Chord Voicings with Quartals

Using Quartals To Make Richer Chord Voicings I love the sound of those big, fat jazz chords. Don’t you? Those tensions and ‘extra’ notes really make the song go from dull to dazzling. Creating these rich chord voicings becomes much easier when we use quartals. A...
Creating Seventh Chords

Creating Seventh Chords

There are several ways that you can form chords: 1. Number the scale and choose the appropriate scale degrees 2. Use intervals to “stack” notes 3. Use your ear to “hunt and peck” at the notes Let’s work backwards. - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -...
Chord Piano Tensions

Chord Piano Tensions

  Understanding Jazz Piano Chords Jazz piano chords can sometimes be confusing at first glance. In this article, I am going to explain how jazz players usually interpret chords and pick tensions to create lush chords. Bear in mind, every musician has their own...
Beginning Jazz Piano

Beginning Jazz Piano

Where do I start? This is a question that I am often asked from new and potential students. I suppose if I only have two DVDs available, it would be easier to pick a place to start. However, I have dozens and dozens of DVDs available on many different topics. So, I...
Notes From the Bungalow Vol. 2

Notes From the Bungalow Vol. 2

To pay or to be paid? That is the question Watching a NASCAR race this past weekend, I was reminded of something known as the Richard Petty Driving Experience, a fantasy camp of sorts that allows anyone with a driver’s license to pay a fee, pass a morning...
Notes From the Bungalow Vol. 1

Notes From the Bungalow Vol. 1

Club Without a Clubhouse October 17, 2011 will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most important encounters in rock-and-roll history.  It was on that day in 1961 when two English teenagers recognized each other while waiting on a Dartford Station train platform. ...
Big Chords, Progressions & Fills

Big Chords, Progressions & Fills

I get asked a lot “How do you create those BIG chord voicings and Jazz Piano Chords?” Well, it is not as difficult as it might seem. In this article I am going to share with you my thoughts on good vs. poor chord voicings. What is a chord voicing? Chord...
Blues piano licks and riffs

Blues piano licks and riffs

In this article, I am going to show you two different Blues piano shuffle licks & riffs that are fun and easy to play. Make sure you click on each sound file to hear the lick played. Do you like the sound of the Blues? So do I. That’s why I created the new...
How to comp chords – comping chords

How to comp chords – comping chords

I got this question from a student: “I am struggling to comp rhythmically & unpredictably while improvising or playing from a lead sheet. I can comp chords in my left hand to a pattern (i.e., 4 to the floor or on the 1 & 3, etc) but I struggle to mix up...
Blues Notes (Crushing, Sliding, Riffs)

Blues Notes (Crushing, Sliding, Riffs)

Blues notes are alterations of the chord that are a “carry over” from guitar players. Years ago when the blues style was first being formed, guitar players would ‘bend’ notes on the guitar. This created a very soulful technique because the...
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