A step-by-step approach to solo jazz improvisation for piano. Learn to improvise using the techniques pioneered by piano greats Lenny Tristano and Dave McKenna. This methodical approach to learning the art of solo jazz piano improvisation will free your creative sense of music. It begins with a review of chord symbol interpretation, walks through bass line development, and ends with how to play several melodic lines simultaneously in stimulating musical conversation. …
Instructional series in harmony with traditional instruction that specializes in teaching the aspiring pianist all of the important skills.
Gain rare insight into the musical thinking of one of the most influential popular songwriters and arrangers in America. Donald Fagen analyses three Steely Dan hits ("Chain Lightning," "Peg," "Josie") and two solo works from his Grammy-nominated album Kamakiriad ("On The Dunes," "Teahouse On The Tracks"). These songs use familiar blues and R&B structures, and Donald explains how, by altering the bass line and chordal qualities, he transformed them into sophisticated jazz-rock compositions. You'll trace the development of increasingly complex pieces as Donald and Warren Bernhardt reveal each tune's singular structure, harmonic and rhythmic characteristic, intro ideas and other devices.
We are very excited and honored to be able to offer a DVD by one of America's most important and distinctive musical voices. In a far ranging conversation with noted record producer and Saturday Night Live musical director Hal Willner, Mac Rebennack (a.k.a. Dr John) performs his remarkable music, discusses his influences, and shares early musical memories and intriguing stories of a life in the music business.
Finally available in DVD format, Seymour Fink's renowned °Mastering Piano Technique° sets pianists of every skill level free to express their most musical ideas with a holistic approach to the keyboard based on a sound understanding of the relationship between physical function and movement and musical purpose. In this invaluable resource for pianists and teachers, Professor Fink explains his groundbreaking ideas and demonstrates his innovative developmental exercises.
For his third lesson in the series, jazz pianist Warren Bernhardt teams up with guitarist Mike DeMicco for a powerful session that will teach you new and dynamic musical ideas. This lesson is designed for players who have gotten past the basics in the jazz idiom and have an understanding of the underlying principles of keyboard technique. The wealth of ideas that Warren conveys will give you the tools to be more creative with your music, expand your repertoire and discover what jazz soloing is all about.