‘Over the Rainbow’ Piano Tutorial

‘Over the Rainbow’ Piano Tutorial

This article, featuring an ‘Over the Rainbow’ piano tutorial, will focus on a few harmonic concepts based on this beautiful song to help you achieve that advanced piano sound. We’ll look at ways to take a lead sheet (fakebook or Real Book version)...
Piano Technique For Beginners And Pro’s Alike

Piano Technique For Beginners And Pro’s Alike

Piano Technique is one of the the most important foundational elements that we all must learn, master and continue to practice, no matter what level of musician we are. This means even as a professional, we continually have to work on our piano technique. A lot of...
Becoming the jazz pianist I want to be…

Becoming the jazz pianist I want to be…

Do you want to become a jazz pianist? Recently a student of mine asked if using PianoWithWillie, they could become the jazz pianist that they wanted to be. I thought this would be good to share with all of my students… 1) Will I have access to a logical or...
Learn the 5-Finger Major and Minor Scales

Learn the 5-Finger Major and Minor Scales

In this article we’ll discuss how to build the 5-finger major and minor scales. This will include learning a bit of music theory - basically a formula - that you can apply to any note on the piano in order to build the first 5 notes of the major and minor scales...

Pentatonic Scale Piano Exercises

A student wrote in asking about pentatonic scale piano exercises while using quartal voicings at the piano. Here’s a list of lesson suggestions… The first lesson to start with is our Live-to-Library Advanced Pentatonics lesson because this lesson shows you...
Piano Comping / Jazz Piano Comping

Piano Comping / Jazz Piano Comping

To learn how to play with a band, especially if you want to play with a jazz piano, you need to master a few concepts. This may seem simple, but the first concept to master is RELAXING. Students often tense up when they sit down to perform with other musicians. If...
3 Tips for Playing “Rhythm Changes”

3 Tips for Playing “Rhythm Changes”

In this article I’ll present 3 tips for playing “Rhythm Changes.” What are “rhythm changes,” you ask? The expression “rhythm changes” in jazz-speak refers to the chord changes that were used in Gershwin’s classic...

Why You NEED to Understand Major Triads… NOW!

Playing music without understanding how major triads work is like building Ferraris without caring what’s under the hood - you’re missing an opportunity to understand one of the most important building blocks of ALL of Western music! Thankfully,...
How To Improvise At The Piano

How To Improvise At The Piano

In my Beginner Jazz & Blues Improvisation course, I broke down how to improvise at the piano into 8 lessons that any pianist who wants to learn the craft of improvisation must master. In this article I want to share with you steps that I use with students who are...

Blues Piano Practice Tips

Blues Practice Tips Once you can play the Blues in one key, try these tips: Start working on a new key. Start with an easy key first. So, if you originally learned the Blues in C, try a key like F or G next. Don’t forget the guitar keys! E, A and B are popular keys...
Play All Replay Playlist Replay Track Shuffle Playlist Hide picture level=