Jazz Piano Lessons
Jazz Piano Lessons
Each of the below Jazz Piano Lessons introduces a particular concept found in Jazz. As well as explaining the underlying idea, I give examples of how the theory applies in practice. The lessons are further subdivided into modules covering specific aspects of Jazz. While they assume a minimal level of music theory and technical knowledge, they presume you know literally NOTHING about Jazz. As such, they start from a beginner level and gradually build up towards more advanced topics. These Jazz Piano Lessons cover everything you need to know to appreciate and play Jazz. By the end of these tutorials you should have a solid understanding of Jazz, and (with enough practice) be able to competently improvise and 'comp over any Jazz song.
Please also note that this website is a perennial work-in-progress. I will continue to add more Jazz Piano Lessons in the future to cover more topics and concepts. Enjoy!
Before diving into each Jazz concept in detail, I recommend checking out the video and PDF on the right to get a broad and contextualised understanding of the ideas we will soon be exploring.
Upon finishing the above modules, you should be capable of analysing, appreciating, and (with a bit of practice) playing any Jazz song you come across. You should be able to (again, with a bit of practice) reharmonise and apply jazzy chord voicings to any song to create a smooth and professional performance (whether solo or group). You should (hopefully) be comfortable with the underlying Jazz Theory, know a few Jazz Standards, and be able to recognise each of the major Jazz Genres.
In a sense, this has so far been the easy part. The hard part is now up to you. Understanding Jazz is one thing, but to play it flawlessly takes hours, days, weeks, months, years and even decades of arduous, repetitive and monotonous practice (at a nice slow speed with a metronome!). So...over to you. Good Luck!
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