Post Category: Jazz & Improvisation

What are Sus Chords?

Sus Chords turn up all over the place in piano music and yet many people have no idea what they are.  In this post (and video!) You will learn what are Sus Chords and you’ll learn how to...

Valentine’s Day Piano Tutorials

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which is why I’m creating this Valentine’s Day Piano Tutorials post.  If you would like to serenade your sweetheart, your friends, your...

Solo Jazz Piano and Vocals – A Curated List

As a jazz pianist and vocalist, I often get asked for listening lists.  There is so much great music out there that it can be hard to know where to start!  This article was requested by several of my...
Turquoise background with piano keyboard on the bottom. Photo of Brenda Earle Stokes with her hands up. Yellow and pink letters read "The COOLEST Rhythm You've Never Heard Of"

The Charleston Rhythm

The Charleston Rhythm is one of the most-often heard rhythms that you’ve never heard of.  It shows up all over the place, from jazz to blues to contemporary pop songs.  In this article I teach...

10 Jazz Pianists That Will Make You Fall in Love with Jazz

As a life long lover of all things jazz piano, I have not only enjoyed a successful career as a performer but I have also had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of people to play.  If you are...
Double time vs double time feel. Brenda Earle Stokes with her arms up in the air like she doesn't understand the difference.

Double time vs Double Time feel

If you are a jazz musician, you may have heard the terms “double time” or “double time feel” and been confused as to what these terms actually mean. In this video I will...

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