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Jazz for Beginners – Practice



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This Jazz Piano Tutorial is about Jazz Practice for Beginners.

This lesson covers a number a simple techniques that you can employ over any Jazz Standard to make it sound nice and jazzy. It involves combining:
Left Hand: Walking Bassline (targeting root notes)
Right Hand: Melody + Guide Tones (3rd & 7th of each chord)

This combination of techniques is the simplest way you to make any song sound jazzy. It has the benefit of being conceptually quite simple. While it may be relatively difficult to play at first, it’s very manageable if you practice each element separately before combining them.

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Quentin McKay
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Quentin McKay

Mate , your videos are fantastic but the sound quality is awful. Consider using a different mic setup to reduce the treble/hiss. Not trying to hate. Subscribed.

Сань Олегычь
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Сань Олегычь

A lot of detiles,yet still incredebly simple. Great job! Thank you for your work.

Aima Edwards
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Aima Edwards

Amazing…

GoodMusicFeedsMySoul
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GoodMusicFeedsMySoul

Cocktail jazz piano tutorial please!!

Anicet HOUNGNEME
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Anicet HOUNGNEME

This is the one of the best jazz Tuto with a nice explanation

Nihil
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Nihil

This video is GOLD
Super useful!

Andrew Breslavets
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Andrew Breslavets

The best video about jazz improvisation ever!

rachelsmename
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rachelsmename

This was fun and practical to practice. What would be the next video or thing to learn after this?

Jonathan Rosen
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Jonathan Rosen

What is a good way to get proficient at the guide tones?
Learning each individual chord?
Learning the intervals?
The movements from chord to chord?
I struggle here

SUBIR NAG
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SUBIR NAG

Firstly, my hands are small and I'm struggling with 7ths. Secondly, (while I can really learn to play a song by the year; albeit with a lot of effort) arranging the fingering for the most is a major problem. I guess books or sheet music with fingering is of help, right?

Silenced Phill
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Silenced Phill

Such a great lesson. Your videos are always so informative and easy to follow. This gives people everything they need to get started playing jazz tunes on the piano.

Lionel Sacks
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Lionel Sacks

Thank you for that – I have tried stuff like that; but didn't have a good, progressive, structure…

Paul Persad
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Paul Persad

Awesome tutorial! and by far the best I have seen. I wish you would outline in more detail exactly where the left hand comping off beats fall. I think it is on : 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +. Beats "2" and the "and" of 3. If this is correct please let me know or please specify. Thanks

mer red
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mer red

Good and clear tutorial. In my experience, the biggest and most time consuming problem is to find a reliable music sheet that outlines the basic original harmonic structure (and melody) of a tune. Because jazz is about making something personal, you will find mostly transcriptions with a lot of possibly confusing chord substitutions and arrangements that have to be analysed first. If you don't have the background for this, you are lost and end up doing something you don't understand.

Mujeeb Rehman
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Mujeeb Rehman

Please make a series on cocktail lounge piano

Spanish Moustache
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Spanish Moustache

Thanks a lot for this video! I feel less threatened as a beginner, when a training path it's laid down in such a clear and consice manner! This might be a stupid question, but, how long are solos between each of the instruments are supposed to last? Every recording I hear from the greats, you can tell it's like they know when the soloist before them it's about to finish and they jump right on it! Is it usually last the same amount of bars the head is? Or do they before hand say to each other how many bars… Read more »