You are a novice to jazz but can read notation and know how to play your major scales.
You know your chords and a few tunes but want a deeper understanding of jazz.
You are playing rootless voicings with tensions and improvising and want to take your playing to the next level
Complex chords and rich progressions are hallmarks of jazz. This group of lessons teaches you everything from basic chord types and simple progressions to advanced one and two-hand voicing techniques and beyond.
Improvisation is what jazz is all about. Use these lessons to learn how to improvise.
The lessons in this category explore theoretical concepts and their application to composition and improvisation.
Intros, endings, interludes, vamps, full arrangements and styles and are some of what you will find in this catchall category.
The beauty of JazzPianoOnline is that you can learn about anything you want. Browse the titles, choose a lesson and learn!
The only way to know if the lessons on JazzPianoOnline are for you is if you try them and see if they work for you.
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.
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