Lessons, Courses, Articles by Category

This brand-spanking new iteration of Piano with Kent is still pretty darn new, I’ll tell ya.  So keep coming back, because the stuff we have listed below is only the beginning, a spark, a mere hint, a promise of something so earth-shattering that soon, people the world over will call this page “Kent’s Unruly Beast of a Table of Contents.”

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Courses

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

“The Blues Piano Crash Course”

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.

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Runs, Licks, and Fills

“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

Learn a 12-Bar Intro for Blues — Plus the Start of a Solo

A 3-finger Technique for Impressive Pentatonic Piano Licks

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)

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

An Easy “Trick” for Smoother Scales

Jazz Drill:  “Approach tones” practice

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!

How to learn ALL your dominant seventh chords in about an hour

Essential Theory: Fourths and Fifths

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 with Letter-notes Included

Easy Sheet Music with Letter-note names

Other Stuff

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