Jazz piano essentials

Jazz piano foundations and essentials

by Rob van Bavel & Karel Boehlee

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Jazz piano essentials 

Jazz piano foundations and essentials
This course deals with the essentials of piano playing and practicing and will bring you a selection of the main concepts as weekly taught from our Jazz piano faculty at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
The course offers you both a practice method as well as improvisational, compositional and accompanying tools necessary to succeed and advance as a jazz pianist
The course will take you through the evolution of the piano from its basic accompanying function to more advanced concepts covering areas such as technique, melodic improvisation, voice leading, ear training, harmony, timing, rhythm and several improvisational techniques. 

The course introduces a wide range of styles and offers many possibilities of how to assume the function of a pianist within the different genres in jazz. 
The lessons are accompanied with detailed work sheets, assignments per lesson, written material and exercises andinteractive play along tracks. 

Video's: 3.5 hours

Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Backing Tracks: 40 Backing tracks especially recorded for this course

Language: English

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How it works:

The course is a series of related video lessons, each structured around a specific topic or topics. By the end of this course, you will have developed a strong sense of direction in your daily study routine.

Weekly video lessons
after joining the course, you will be able to view a new video lesson weekly. Each video lesson consists of:

Examples that musically define the sound of the topic you are studying in each video

A study routine section in which we first discuss how to study the specific topic of each lesson. We will then play several exercises specially written to show you how to structure your daily study routine

Assignments that will help you consolidate and practice what you have learned in each video.

Weekly assignments
After each lesson, you will be asked to study, practice and then video record yourself playing an assignment which may consist of several exercises. When ready, you submit the video of your assignment. The process of having to record yourself every week, significantly helps to internalise the material discussed in this course - quickly and naturally.

Weekly feedback: This function is only available in the "course" mode.

Certificate: This function is only available in the "course" mode.


Content of this course: 

Lesson 1 - Bebop Essentials; Scales part 2 Octatonic 
In this lesson we’re going to discuss more possibilities for the dominant chord in the 2-5-1 in major. We will cover the following material:the octatonic scale, application on the dominant chord and emphasizing the #11, #9 and b9.
Lesson 2 - Building your library of vocabulary (part 1); 2-5-1 in major
In this lesson we will expend your library of vocabulary by making a clear system for this:
long/short 2-5-1 major, long/short 2-5-1 minor, long major, long minor, diminished chords, long dominants/dominant chain.
Lesson 3 - Harmonic Variations, the Triton 2-5 & Bill Evans variation 
In this lesson we will look at some harmonic variations on the 2-5-1 in major, we will look at triton substitutions, Bill Evans variations. Kenny Barron variations, ascending and descending min 3rd sequences.
Lesson 4 - Bebop Essentials; Arpeggio’s (part 1) Triads, 7-chords 
In this lesson we will work on arpeggios in a ‘modal’ context. We will later apply the arpeggio’s on functional harmony. This lesson will deal with different chromatic, triadic, ascending and descending variations, combinations and enclosures.
Lesson 5 - Fourth Voicing 
In this lesson we will look at left hand voicings (McCoy Tyner style) we build chords using 4th’s
instead of 3rd’s.We will look at perfect 4th’s, and augmented 4th, Add a 4th on top & 5 note voicing.
Lesson 6 - Upper Structures
In this lesson we will look at Upper structures. It is possible to use (almost) any left-hand voicing (2 voice, 3 voice, 4th voicing, 4 note voicing) and then we put a different structure on top with the right hand. We will look at Triads, 4th chords & 7 chords
Lesson 7 - Piano Solo, rubato and Harmonization 
In this lesson we will explore some ideas for Rubato playing and harmonization.
When pianists play solo, they often play Rubato; Playing Rubato gives a lot of freedom for expression,
We will look at tempos, dynamics and reharmonization.
Lesson 8 - Drop 2 
This lesson we will explore the Drop 2 voicings techniques.
Applying drop-2 to minor chords, chords sequence and a jazz standard
Lesson 9 – Guide-tones 
This lesson will deal with guide-tones.
We will practice two, three and four voices and extend it further. You will practice transcriptions and exercises to be able to implement these methods in your comping and improvisation. 
Lesson 10 - Approach notes 
In this lesson you will learn the different methods of applying approach notes in our improvisation.
We will play different transcriptions and apply chromatic approach notes to our melody and improvisation.
Lesson 11 - Intervals  
In this lesson we will practice thirds and fifths intervals to be able to creatively integrate this material into our improvisation. We will practice exercises containing these elements and implement those on different chords progressions.