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Posts Collected as Courses (full access to courses requires an ALL-ACCESS membership)

A Study in Blues Piano – Focusing on Twelve Licks

Sheet Music for Lick #1 optional supplement

Sheet Music for Lick #2 optional supplement

Sheet Music for Lick #10 optional supplement 

Sample Blues Piano Solo sheet music – optional supplement

Kent’s famous Blues Piano Crash Course

Piano Chords 108 – Lose that Chord Catalog

Private (local, one-on-one) Lessons in Orange County, California

Update: Kent is not currently enrolling new private (local, one-on-one) students, sorry!  If you’re seeking a local piano teacher in Orange County, CA, or the Los Angeles area, feel free to contact Kent for recommendations and advice on your search.

Other Posts Arranged by Category

More Runs, Licks, and Fills

Memorize the 12 “Minor Pentatonic” Scales – Today

A 3-finger Technique for Impressive Pentatonic Piano Licks

“Sixteenth Note Triplet” Piano Licks

“The Blues Piano Crash Course” Lesson #3: “Five must-know Riffing Devices”

Blues Licks #1 and #2 from “A Study in Blues Piano”

How to Play “Piggyback” Arpeggios

Getting All Lydian on the IV Chord

Practice your blues licks with Ray Charles’s What I’d Say.

A Lesson in Modal Jazz

Jazz Drill:  “Approach tones” practice

Using the Pitch-Wheel on Keyboards (part one: Whole-Step Licks)

How to Riff on Moondance – Part 1 of 3

How to Riff on Moondance – Part 2 of 3

How to Riff on Moondance – Part 3 of 3

Keyboard Technique (Chops)

An Easy “Trick” for Smoother Scales

Jazz Drill:  “Approach tones” practice

Using the Pitch-wheel on Keyboards (part one)

Music and Keyboard Theory

A “Basic Professional” chord piano approach

Do you need to read music to learn jazz or blues piano?

Half-steps and Whole-steps on Your Keyboard

The Amazing Tetrachord: How to Instantly Visualize any Major Scale

Understanding “Thirds” – how standard chords are built!

Learn All 12 Dominant Seventh Chords in About an Hour

Essential Theory: Fourths and Fifths

Memorize the 12 “Minor Pentatonic” Scales – Today

The Major Pentatonic Scale, and its cousin, the “Relative Minor” Pentatonic scale

Tetrachords, Scales, and Modes: Answer to a Student Question

Guest Contributor: Info-graphic on Essentials of Reading Piano Music

Eastern Scales, Relative Minor, and The Educated Guess

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Sparks “Third Beat” Questions

Playing Tip: What are the Most Important Notes of a Chord?

More on Chords and Chord Voicings

“Fourth Chords” — Very Useful (Part One)

More on “Fourth Chords”

How to learn ALL your Dominant Seventh Chords in about an hour

A Good Way to Learn All Your “Thirteenth” Chords (by Pattern, NOT by Rote)

Chord Symbols: add2 or add9? (includes my video on using added ninth to chords)

Rootless left-hand voicings for jazz chords – Part One (Type A)

Rootless left-hand voicings for jazz chords – Part Two (Type B)

Possibly the Funkiest Chord Ever

A “Basic Professional” chord piano approach

How to Read and Play “Slash Chords” from Sheet Music

Recommended Study

Book Review: Jazz Piano Series by John Mehegan

Nice Info-graphic on Essentials of Reading Piano Music

Other Stuff

A few selections of custom sheet music (classical)

Tired of practicing? Here’s a little comic relief