Watch online video lessons from your Mac, PC or touchscreen device. Study Jazz Theory & Composition, Improvisation & Licks, Chords & Voicings and Styles, Arranging & more. Download PDF Practice Sessions and play exercises and tunes with custom backing tracks. Each lesson is transcription-based, so the techniques and concepts presented are derived from master musicians playing on timeless recordings.
 

What is JazzPianoOnline.com?

JazzPianoOnline.com is an on-demand, digital library of interactive streaming video jazz piano lessons. The lessons on JazzPianoOnline.com offer piano students high-quality, intermediate through advanced jazz piano lessons grouped into four categories: Jazz Theory & Composition, Improvisation & Licks, Chords & Voicings and Styles, Arranging & More. Watch the lessons on your Mac, PC or touchscreen device. Enjoy free email support to answer your questions. Practice the lesson material using onscreen or PDF Practice Sessions.

Lessons are accessible by subscription only. Subscriptions are easy to buy and are reasonably priced. If you are not ready to subscribe, you can always get started by watching one of these full-featured FREE online jazz piano lessons:

Major ii-V-I Progression | Improvisation - The Concept | Five Essential Seventh Chords | Lydian Ending

If you have questions or if you don't know where to start write to me and I'll help you find the jazz piano lessons that will help you achieve your goals.

You can also check out the JazzPianoOnline.com YouTube Channel to watch previews of most of the jazz piano lessons on the site.

Is JazzPianoOnline.com for Me?

In order to get the most out of the lessons you should be able to study independently and be self-motivated to practice on your own. You can always email me with any jazz piano questions whenever you have them. Once you choose an online lesson subscription plan you have unlimited access to the entire library of lessons. If you are not ready to subscribe, why not try one of the full-featured FREE online jazz piano lessons to see if this type of learning is right for you?

Major ii-V-I Progression | Improvisation - The Concept | Five Essential Seventh Chords | Lydian Ending
 

Where Do I Start with Online Jazz Piano Lessons with JazzPianoOnline.com?

Below is a suggested sequence of online jazz piano lessons at JazzPianoOnline.com. However, feel free to write to me with a description of your musical background and goals for online jazz piano lessons and I'll help you find lessons that will target your needs. Before you start you should know how to read treble and bass clef notation and you should be able to play all 12 major scales with both hands at 80 bpm. (Don't have that? no worries, the FREE Five Essential 7th Chords lesson has a major scale warm up practice session to help get you in shape).

Five Essential 7th Chords FREE
This is a full-featured FREE lesson. Everything in jazz originates with chords so you will need to know how to build and play them. This lesson will show you how to build and play the five Essential 7th chords. These five chord types comprise >95% of the chords used in jazz.

Major ii-V-I Progression FREE and Minor ii-V-i Progression
Once you know how to build the five essential 7th chords, learn how to use them in progressions with this pair of lessons. Major and minor ii-V-I progressions constitute most of the chord changes to any given standard tune.

Rootless Voicings with Added Tension
This series of lessons shows you how to drop the root and add rich sounding tensions (9, 11 and 13) to your chords to help you create a true jazz sound.

Once you know your chords and basic voicings you have a good foundation in jazz harmony. From here you can begin your study of improvisation.

Improvisation - The Concept FREE
This full-featured FREE online jazz piano lesson provides a conceptual framework for applying the materials of improvisation.

Four Components of Melodic Construction
The four components of melodic construction are the basic structures that comprise the bebop melodic line.

Improvising Over . . .
Each lesson in this ongoing series examines, in depth, a transcription of a master improvisor soloing over the chord changes to important tunes in the jazz repertoire.

Still not sure where to start? Contact me with a concise description of your musical background and goals for online jazz piano lessons and I'll give you more specific guidance.

FAQ about Online Jazz Piano Lessons with JazzPianoOnline.com

The lessons have been tested on Windows (7 and XP) and Mac PCs, Apple iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) and Android-based devices (version 4.2.2 or later) using Safari, Chrome, IE and Firefox browsers. Feel free to use any combination of these browsers and platforms with the exception of Android devices: you must use Firefox to access JazzPianoOnline.com's online jazz piano lessons from Android devices. The lessons are not compatible with the default Android Chrome browser. The Firefox app for Android is a free download from the Google Play store.

Please make sure the full-featured free online jazz piano lessons work properly on your device before subscribing. Here are a list of the free online jazz piano lessons:

Major ii-V-I Progression | Improvisation - The Concept | Five Essential Seventh Chords | Lydian Ending
The Practice Sessions are exercises and tunes with integrated playalong tracks that that are presented onscreen in a new window separate from the video lesson. Using clear, step-by-step instructions, the Practice Sessions help you learn and assimilate the material presented in the online video jazz piano lessons.

Once you are finished watching the lessons, open the Practice Sessions and start work on the material at your piano or keyboard. Check out the full-featured Practice Sessions from any of the FREE online jazz piano lessons on JazzPianoOnline.com.

Major ii-V-I Progression | Improvisation - The Concept | Five Essential Seventh Chords | Lydian Ending
Subscriptions to JazzPianoOnline.com are reasonably priced and are a grand bargain compared to studio lessons. There are four subscription options:

Single Month non-recurring, $42.95
Single Month recurring, $36.95
Three Month Quarterly non-recurring, $72.95
Twelve Month Yearly non-recurring, $241.95

If you are not ready to subscribe, try one of the full-featured FREE online jazz piano lessons to see if they are right for you.

Major ii-V-I Progression | Improvisation - The Concept | Five Essential Seventh Chords | Lydian Ending

Full-Featured FREE Online Jazz Piano Lessons to Try Before You Sign Up

All of these lessons feature a complete video lesson with companion onscreen and downloadable PDF practice sessions for you to try free: Major ii-V-I Progression, Improvisation - The Concept, Five Essential Seventh Chords, Lydian Ending. If you like them please consider buying a subscription to JazzPianoOnline.com. Any questions? Please contact me about JazzPianoOnline.com. Also have a look at this additional free content: Jazz Licks - a collection of short melodic ideas transcribed from major commercial recordings for you to use in your solos and Mini Lessons - concise tutorials on a narrow topic related to various lessons.
 

JazzPianoOnline.com Testimonials

The following quotes were written by paying subscribers to JazzPianoOnline.com and were entirely unsolicited.
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About JazzPianoOnline.com

JazzPianoOnline.com has been live since August 1, 2007 and the first subscriber signed up on August 13, 2007. JazzPianoOnline.com has since served an enthusiastic and loyal following of subscribers from all over the world. JazzPianoOnline.com was conceived and developed by jazz pianist Bill Rinehart. Bill did undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music and holds the M.Mus. degree in Jazz Studies from the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music where he studied with Ray Santisi and Charlie Banacos. Bill taught and played extensively around the Boston area for the better part of two decades appearing everywhere from the legendary Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge MA to a long stand at the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill in Boston before relocating to the Raleigh-Durham NC area where he teaches full-time on JazzPianoOnline.com.

From Bill

Inevitably, in conversation, the topic comes up, "What do you do for a living?" I say, "I teach jazz piano on the internet." "Seriously?" Seriously. This is what I do and I love it. I love to transcribe music and figure out how it works. I enjoy thinking about how to present that information to others as clearly and concisely as possible in the video lessons that I produce for JazzPianoOnline.com. Come share in my excitement and watch one of the free online jazz piano lessons or better yet sign up for a subscription to JazzPianoOnline.com. I would love to have you as a student. -Bill

Thank You

Thank you for looking at the site. I hope that you find JazzPianoOnline.com a useful resource for your study of jazz piano and enjoy using it as much as I enjoy building it. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments that you have. I would love to hear them. -Bill