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Playing pop piano arrangments.

3 Easy Steps to Authentic Pop Piano Arrangements

Some of the most fun I have ever had as a singer/pianist is recreating my favorite pop songs.  Seriously, it is such a blast to sit down and figure out how to make an entire band arrangement sound ...
Jazz Piano Voicings

Easy jazz piano voicings for the 2-5-1

The 2-5-1 progression is a great place to practice voice leading the 2 note shell voicings.  Since the 2-5-1 progression is so commonly used, learning this strategy will make playing standard jazz ...
Brenda Earle Stokes performing on a cruise ship in the piano bar

Throwback: My cruise ship life

#throwbackthursday My first long term gig was as a singalong piano bar entertainer for @norwegiancruiseline back in the year 2000. At that point, I was a pretty established emerging jazz pianist and ...
Motivational speech given by singer pianist

Motivation Monday: Are we having any fun?

As artists, we can sometimes get so bogged down by our serious study, that we forget to ask one simple question:  Are we having any fun?  This is another video in my series called Motivation! ...
First Aid for the left hand with doctor's bag.

First Aid for the Left Hand Piano

The number one complaint I hear from almost anyone who is developing their piano skills is, “My left hand is a mess!”  For most people, this comes from a lack of use and can be improved with a ...
singer and pianist teaching how to use the real pro app

How to Practice with the iReal Pro

The iReal Pro is an amazing band-in-a-box app.  Although it was initially created for jazz musicians, there are so many wonderful applications of it; it is perfect for singers and instrumentalists ...

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