Category Archives: Jazz

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.

Want to learn how to play a Bossa Nova?  Check out my online course Jazz Piano Accompaniment, where I will teach you how to play authentic jazz piano!

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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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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Want to learn jazz piano?  Check out my online course Jazz Piano Accompaniment, which teaches you everything I list in this blog post.