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30-Day Piano Playbook

My 30-Day Piano Playbook is a great way to get started with my lessons. Through these 30 lessons you'll learn about rhythm, improvisation, chords and more. Days 1-19 are easier lessons, while days 20-30 are more advanced.

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Rhythm Essentials

In this course you will learn how to improve your rhythm at the piano. Using a combination of my easy vocalization approach, exercises, examples and tips you'll be on your way to becoming what I call a “Total Musician.”

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How To Read Music

In this collection you will learn how to read sheet music. A combination of using my easy vocalization approach, learning guideposts, exercises, examples and tips will have you well on your way to becoming what I call a “Total Musician.”

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Piano Essentials (Beginner)

Learn your essential scales, chords and progression in this in-depth course. This beginner course focuses on the 6 keys you should master first. Once complete, move on to the advanced course.

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Piano Essentials (Advanced)

Learn your essential scales, chords and progression in this in-depth course. This advanced course focuses on the next 6 keys. Start with the beginner course before doing this advanced course.

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Get Faster At The Piano

We all want to play the piano faster and be stronger in what we play. In this collection, I will show you how to achieve these characteristics in your playing through some simple exercises of both your fingers, and your mind!

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Learn Jazz Piano (The Basics)

This is my Ben's Blues lesson. In this course you'll learn the basics of becoming a jazz piano player. We use the 12-bar blues to learn bass lines, rootless chords and improvisation. All the basics a budding jazz pianist needs in his or her toolbox.

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Great Beginning Repertoire

This course is designed to teach you songs that would be great to have in your repertoire and I think these songs represent a great beginning repertoire to practice.

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How To Play Standards

If you have never played a standard before, start here to learn the different layers to create an arrangement of a standard and learn to improvise over it.

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How to Memorize Songs

In this course you will learn how to analyze music and look for the clues to know where the music is headed before you get there! We will cover how to quickly analyze a song to commit it to memory.

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Step-By-Step Standards

In this course you'll learn how to create arrangements of standards using my step-by-step approach. This course will also show you how to create accompaniments for you to sing over or accompany others.

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Chord Essentials (Beginner)

In this course you will learn your chords using real examples that focus on the different keys using a variety of styles! These styles include, ballad, driving Rock, bossanova, swing, country rock, boogie blues, funk, classical, smooth jazz and stride. These six keys you must know as a pianist/keyboardist. After completing these first 6 keys you can move on to the advanced course.

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Chord Essentials (Advanced)

In this course you will learn your chords using real examples that focus on the different keys using a variety of styles! These styles include, ballad, driving Rock, bossanova, swing, country rock, boogie blues, funk, classical, smooth jazz and stride. These last 6 keys are harder than the first. Be patient while you work through them.

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Cocktail Piano Basics

In this course you'll learn some of the important basics of cocktail piano that setup the foundation that you can use to create your own cocktail piano arrangements.

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2-5-1 Essentials

The 2-5-1 (ii-V-I) progression is one of the most popular progressions in jazz music. This course will show you all the "in and outs" of this progression and give you a bunch of licks to play over both major and minor 2-5-1 progressions.

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Jazz Improvisation Exercises

This course will show you several important licks and exercises to get your jazz improvisation skills to the next level. If you've finished Piano Essentials and Getting Faster At The Piano, this is a great course if you want to learn more about improvisation.

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Improvisation Essentials (Beginner)

Improvisation Essentials, or ‘Improv’ Essentials for short, is a collection of lessons designed to improve your improvisation skills. If you’ve ever dreamed of improvising over jazz standards and other styles of music, this is the course you need! In this beginner course we are focusing on creating improv patterns and learning basic progressions and how to improvise over them.

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Improvisation Essentials (Advanced)

In this course you'll learn how to apply improvisation concepts to a variety of different styles of music. You'll also learn some more improvisation licks and patterns to bring into your playing.

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Comping Chords

Comping chords is when you add rhythm to your chords and accompany yourself or another instrument. It is important to learn good comping techniques to make your playing interesting without being too "busy."

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Play Piano for Hours

This course is designed to show you how to create your own songs and improvisations allowing you to just "sit and play" for hours. Equal parts composition and improvisation, this has been a very popular course!

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Pentatonics and Quartals

The pentatonic scale and quartal chords are some of the most interesting and widely used techniques by jazz pianists for soloing and accompaniment over all styles. You'll learn numerous techniques in the course on how to use them in your playing.

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Reharmonization Made Easy

The focus of this course is on reharmonization. Reharm is when we "revise" or change the harmony (chords) to create something new. This course will show you in easy steps how to create an advanced arrangement from a simple song.

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Slow Blues

Learn that slow, soulful blues style in this course. You'll learn different accompaniment styles to make your slow blues playing sound more rich and full. We will also cover how to improvise over the blues for beginners.

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Organ Grooves And Riffs

In this collection we will be covering both the classic and rock organ styles. For example, we will be covering the groove and form of Deep Purple’s version of the Joe South song. We will spend a lot of time breaking down different ways of using the organ to create a groove over the chords. Improvisation techniques are also included!

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Latin Grooves And Riffs

Whether you want to get quickly playing some hot latin grooves, learn the basics of merengue or learn how to create that cool, relaxed Bossa Nova beat then this is the collection for you! We will also cover how to add fills and learn how to comp the chords if you are playing with a group and be learning the essence of Latin/Salsa music with a lesson on the clave and montunos. No matter your level, there is a groove here for you!

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7 Days of Improvisation

This lesson is great for intermediate players or any student that wants new ideas that add to their toolkit. Learning how to improvise doesn’t have to be mysterious or scary. I’ve learned that there is a definite approach in how to teach this skill that makes it easy for all students to learn. You’re going to learn techniques that I use on gigs every week.

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Blues Licks & Riffs

In this course you will learn several different Otis Spann, Gene Harris and blues/gospel licks. Chord progressions, chord voicings, rhythmic techniques and a wealth of improvisation material are also included.

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Jazz Intros and Endings

This collection will teach you some of the intros and endings that I have come to love. We will break each example down so you know the theory behind it and how to transpose it. Best of all, I used the songs from the site as material so I will show you how to apply these intros/endings to songs you might have already learned!

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Beginning Jazz and Blues Improv

In this collection we will cover the basics of how to combine melody, rhythm and harmony to create an improvised line. By utilizing material that I’ve created for beginners to improvisation, this collection will be easy and welcoming to all levels. The techniques you learn here will apply to all styles of improvised music!

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Advanced Jazz and Blues Improv

This course will cover creating lines over common forms like the blues and rhythm changes. I will also show you some of my tricks to take your improvisation “in or out” of the harmony to get an advanced sound. We will deal with how to improvise over ballads and uptempo tunes.

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Blues n' Boogie

In this collection we will be covering four different blues progressions, shuffle grooves, boogie in octaves, sliding, crushing, rolling notes and much more! This is an older course without the virtual keyboard but still has a ton of valuable info!

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Summertime

This one lesson is so huge I made it a course. In this lesson/course you'll learn how to play an arrangement of Gershwin's Summertime along with reharmonization, improvisation and oom-pahs.

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Blues Artists

In this course we will learn the styles of 7 different pianists who used blues, jazz, gospel and country piano techniques in their playing. You can do the lessons in this course in any order.

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Gospel Arrangements

In this collection, you will learn gospel songs and arrangement techniques like how to play gospel walk ups, syncopating the bass pattern and other ideas that you can incorporate into your own piano playing. Improvisation tips that will help you structure your improvisation more are also included.

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New Age / Calming Piano

In this collection we will be covering the new age "calming" piano style. Exercises to help you put your hands together and make your own improvisation, how to create beautiful new-age progressions, alternate bass motion and fluidity of chords are all also included. The collection concludes with creating your own original song!

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Basic Music Theory

In this collection I’ll share my tips, tricks and techniques that I use to pick out songs and chord progressions by ear. I’ll also show you how to use a mix of your ear and analysis to know what chord should come next before it is even played! We will also be covering how to identify and create different intervals. In addition, you will walk away with techniques that you can practice away from the piano that will enhance your learning and technique when you do get a chance to sit down at the piano and play.

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Cocktail Piano 1

Learn the basics of how to create cocktail piano arrangements using chordal techniques in the left hand along with style changes, basslines, tritone substitutions and improvisation.

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Cocktail Piano 2

In this course we will go beyond the basics and start learning comping techniques, how to fix bad chord progressions, how to move into other styles (think latin) and learn basslines, substitutions and improvisation.

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Cocktail Piano 3

In this course we will be focusing on the techniques needed to create your own cocktail piano arrangements. You'll learn different arranging "tricks" along with a full contemporary arrangement of "In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning."

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Cocktail Piano 4

In this course we will be focusing on techniques that help you move ahead with your cocktail piano playing like reharmonization and passing chords.

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Cocktail Piano 5

In this course we will be learning how to create and play an arrangement for a faster-tempo song. We will also learn how to decide which notes and scales we can use to improvise over the song and finish by learning a complete solo.

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Cocktail Piano 6

In this course we will continue creating arrangements, this time we will move to 3/4 time and do a full "waltz" arrangement. Next we will move on to 6/8 and learn Miles Davis's classic All Blues.

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Rock/Pop Classics Vol 1

In this course you'll learn some classic rock/pop song arrangements. This course focuses on songs by Billy Joel, Elton John, Bruce Hornsby and the Doobie Brothers.

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Rock/Pop Classics Vol 2

In this course you'll learn more classic rock/pop song arrangements. This course focuses on songs by Van Morrison, The Police, Radiohead and Eric Clapton.

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Rock/Pop Classics Vol 3

In this course you'll learn more classic rock/pop song arrangements. This course focuses on songs by Carole King, Simon and Garfunkel, Deep Purple and The Animals.

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Funk Song Arrangements

In this course you'll learn a bunch of cool arrangements for funk songs that you know and love. You'll also learn techniques you can use on other songs along with chord and improvisation tips!

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Rock Piano 1

This course (from Rock Piano Lessons) teaches you the basics of how to play rock chords and technique. If you're new to the rock style, begin here.

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Rock Piano 2

This course (from Rock Piano Lessons) teaches you proper rock piano technique along with how to play rock rhythms.

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Jazz Piano Theory - Level 1 Beginner

In level 1 we are going to focus on learning basic chord structure and improvisation. If you are new to jazz and jazz theory, this is the place to start. Move as quickly as you want through the lessons and review lessons whenever you wish!

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Jazz Piano Theory - Level 3 Intermediate

In this level we will be covering the basics of reharmonization and arranging, including Dominant motion, tritone substitution, related ii chords, voicings and chord structures. I suggest that you review this material a lot before moving on to the next level where we will focus more on creating arrangements.

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Music Theory Online

In this course you'll find the lessons from my MusicTheoryOnline.com site. If you are new to music theory, this is a fantastic course to teach you the basics of theory. Worksheets and answer sheets are also included.

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Holiday Song Arrangements

We have a few holiday classics in this course. If you are looking for more holiday song arrangements and improvisation ideas check out our JazzChristmasMusic.com site.

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Vault - General

Vault lessons are older lessons which still contain a bunch of great material but are housed here to make it "cleaner" for you to not see a bunch of older lessons mixed with newer lessons.

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