Jazz Piano Lesson Roadmap


Use this guide to chart your course through the lessons.

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Prerequisites
You should know how to read treble and bass clef notation and you should be able to play all 12 major scales with both hands at 80 bpm. Don't have that? No worries, the FREE Five Essential 7th Chords lesson has a major scale warm up practice session to help get you in shape.
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This is a full-featured FREE lesson. Everything in jazz originates with these five groups of chords so you will need to know how to build and play them. This lesson will show you how to build and play the five essential seventh chords in all twelve keys. These sixty chords comprise >95% of the chords used in jazz.

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Once you know how to build the five essential seventh chords, learn how to use them in progressions with this pair of lessons. Major and minor ii-V-I progressions constitute most of the chord changes to any given standard tune.

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This series of lessons shows you how to drop the root and add rich sounding tensions (9, 11 and 13) to your chords to help you create a true jazz sound.

Once you know your chords and basic voicings you have a good foundation in jazz harmony. From here you can begin to diversify your study into one of four tracks: Jazz Theory & Composition, Improvisation & Licks, Chords & Voicings and Styles, Arranging & More

The Four Components of Melodic Construction are the basic structures that comprise the bebop melodic line. Work on Ear Training to develop your ability to hear melodies and root movement. Chordscale Theory will help you understand the reciprocal relationship of scales and chords.
Improvisation - The Concept (FREE) provides a conceptual framework for applying The Four Components of Melodic Construction to improvisation. The Improvising Over series examines, in depth, a transcription of a master improvisor soloing over the chord changes to important tunes in the jazz repertoire.

Develop your Two-Handed Voicings or study Comping to work in ensembles and support soloists. Playing Solo Jazz Piano is one of the supreme joys of being a pianist.

Learn to Read Lead Sheets, play Stride Piano, Gospel Blues or add Three Oscar Peterson Intros or the Lydian Ending to your arranging arsenal. Learn to play any of the Lead Sheet to Arrangement pieces (all of them gig-worthy).

Still not sure how to proceed? Contact me with a concise description of your musical background and goals for online jazz piano lessons and I'll give you more specific guidance.