How to Riff on Van Morrison’s “Moondance” – Part 2

How to Riff on Van Morrison’s “Moondance” – Part 2

Hello! This is Lesson Two of a three-part video series on "jazzy-rock" improvisation. (Lesson One is here.) (Lesson Three is here.) /// These three tutorials would fit somewhere near the center of the jazzy-rock genre spectrum, if there was one. I guess there could...

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

Slash chords in sheet music look like this: G7/F F#m/C# etc. Here’s a detailed tutorial on how to interpret slash chords on piano.  This lesson includes insights into several ways that slash chords are used, such as indicating an inversion, implying a descending...
Jazz improv practice: A nice drill using “approach tones”

Jazz improv practice: A nice drill using “approach tones”

Here’s a nice jazzy drill, to give you practice on: (1) Adding interest to your melody lines,  by sometimes preceding the “target tone(s)” of a chord with “approach tones;” and, (2) increased mastery of any given scale, especially as it...
Blues Piano Crash Course #9:  The Melody Machine

Blues Piano Crash Course #9: The Melody Machine

from The Blues Piano Crash Course Lesson #9  (video) "The Melody Machine" This thing I like to call the  "melody machine" is by no means a new technique for creating strong melodies. Singers, composers and improvisers have built melodies this way forever.  In a...

Blues Piano Crash Course #8: Blue notes & pitch-bending

from The Blues Piano Crash Course Lesson #8  (video) In this lesson, we master a couple of specific blues piano tricks of the trade.  I'm using the word specific here, because we're going to use these devices with a goal in mind, a musical effect that is pretty...

Blues Piano Crash Course, #7: Walking Bass Line & more coordination

from The Blues Piano Crash Course Lesson #7  (video) Rhythm is never to be neglected in the Blues, even in performances that are so slow and sultry that it feels like we're all just breathing, no real beat, just waves...oh sorry, I spaced! Ha. Thing is, even a very...