Category Archives: Jazz Piano

You can LEARN to play by ear!

Have you ever met one of those people who can sit down and play a song by ear? The can just do it without even looking at the music – and they were just BORN THAT WAY. (Infuriating, right?). What if I told you that you can LEARN to PLAY BY EAR? Not only CAN you, but I am going to show you exactly what steps you need to take to be able to do it. It doesn’t take any special tools or skills – it’s just a matter of sitting down and following my easy steps.

This is how I learned to play by ear, how I taught my 9 year old son to play by ear and how I have taught hundreds of other people to do it too. It’s super fun and will make your whole life more musical!

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Random Songs I Like #10 – Photograph

For this series, I will be posting a new song every week from every imaginable style and genre.  The only criteria is that I need to like it!

Random Songs I Like Week #10 is a gorgeous Bossa Nova by Brazilian master Antonio Carlos Jobim with English lyrics by Ray Gilbert.

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Random Songs I Like #9 – The Endless Wait

For this series, I will be posting a new song every week from every imaginable style and genre.  The only criteria is that I need to like it!

“How could someone that has not even been born assemble generations of people with his tiny heartbeat?” The Endless Wait is an original song I wrote  as part of a The Motherhood Project song cycle called, which documents her experience mothering in the 21st Century.  This song was written about my pregnancy and the myriad of thoughts and visions that consumed her while she was carrying her son.

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Improvise Your Way to 2 Handed Independence

Do your left and right hand have a hard time playing together?  Maybe you try to play a bass line in the left hand while your right hand plays chords and they just. won’t. work. together.  In this video, I show you an easy and fun way to explore coordination between the hands.  The exercise is fully customizable for your interested and needs.  PLUS it contains super bonus material on how to strengthen your left hand and I share my favorite classical books to help develop your two hand independence.

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There’s More Than One Way to Split the Octave

If you are working on scales, chords, technical drills or chord progressions, you should be practicing them in 12 keys! This video will give you some great ideas on how to practice in different ways, to achieve mastery quicker and without relying only on muscle memory!

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Downbeats and Upbeats Workout

Struggling with your rhythm?  In this workout video, I show you a super easy way to build your comprehension and ability with rhythm.  Clap along with Brenda and tap along with the “foot cam”.

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Vocal Jazz Introductions

Every singer and instrumentalist should have an arsenal of great introductions at the ready. In this video, I will show you how to play 9 of the best introductions, which are perfect for instrumental or vocal jazz!

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How to Count Off the Jazz Band

Counting off the band is a really important skill that every musician should have.  Singers and instrumentalists alike should feel comfortable counting off the band in any tempo and groove, as should choral directors, band directors and anyone else who might work with a live band or even just a pianist.  The ability to count off the band is an important skill that shows that you know how to address the musicians and speak their language.  It also puts you in greater control of how a musical experience will work out, since you will get to decide the tempo and the groove of the piece. Learn how!

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How to Walk a Bass Line

Calling all jazzers (or aspiring jazzers)!  This awesome video is going to teach you how to walk a bass line on any jazz standard.  It is super easy and straight ahead and I will take you step-by-step into how to walk and authentic jazz bass line.

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3 Cool Bossa Nova Vamps

This video is designed to teach you how to play 3 cool vamps that sound great on Bossa Novas. Taught by performer/educator Brenda Earle Stokes, the video shows chord progressions, gorgeous piano voicings and even the scales that you need to sound great improvising on the vamps. You will also get a great close up look at the piano keyboard.

Free Download:  Three Cool Vamps for Bossa Novas

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