All Posts and Stuff, Listed by Category

Site format: This is an educational blog, with piano and music lesson videos. The lessons and articles and courses here come in the form of specific posts, which I make here pretty regularly.

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Posts Collected as Courses

“A Study in Blues Piano – Focusing on Twelve Licks”

“The 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

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 #1 – The Blues Scale

“The Blues Piano Crash Course” Lesson #2 : A Left-hand Groove

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

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

Blues Lick #4 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

Your 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

Nice Info-graphic on Essentials of Reading Piano Music

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

Sheet Music and Related Reference Videos

The notes to “Für Elise” on piano (by Beethoven, officially titled “Bagatelle in A minor”)

“Moonlight” Sonata – 1st Movement with Letter-Notes Added

“Moonlight” Sonata -3rd movement with Letter-Notes Added

Other Sheet Music with Letter-note names

Other Stuff

Tired of practicing? Here’s a little comic relief. Then get back to it!