Playing With a Band – Tips for Success

Playing With a Band – Tips for Success

So, you’re playing with a band. Perhaps you’re in a cover band, a jazz band at school, or even a band that writes and performs original music. Or maybe you’re planning to do some playing at a local jam session. Here are some tips from years of...
Tri-Tonos, Substituciones de Tritono y Re-armonización

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

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...
Advanced Jazz Harmony – 3 Tips

Advanced Jazz Harmony – 3 Tips

Advanced jazz harmony. That’s the topic for this article. And this is going to be an article that you’ll all want to check out because we’re going to give you 3 awesome tips to use in your playing. These are tips that will not only help you achieve...
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

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...
Jazz Piano Tips for Body and Soul

Jazz Piano Tips for Body and Soul

In this article we’ll take a look at some excellent jazz piano tips and apply them to the classic jazz standard “Body and Soul.” These jazz piano tips can be used on any tune, provided you understand the core concept. Gaining that understanding is...
Jazz Arranging Techniques 101 – “Sunny”

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...

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...
Drop 2 Chords at the Piano

Drop 2 Chords at the Piano

In this article we’re going to explore a classic jazz piano sound - drop 2 chords. Drop 2 chords, though simple, can be used to create some beautifully rich jazz harmony and are incredibly helpful when working as an orchestrator or arranger. Here, we’re...
Rhythm Changes – 3 Tips for Improvisation

Rhythm Changes – 3 Tips for Improvisation

The phrase “rhythm changes” refers to songs that use the same chord changes as Gershwin’s famous Broadway hit “I Got Rhythm.” In a previous article we discussed some tips for approaching this well-known chord progression, including some...
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