Below is the recording of the Week 3 Live Q & A Webinar.
This final video in Week 3 is a bit of a continuation of an early video, but instead of famous improvisations, I focus on the actual song melodies themselves (and I have a little trouble 😉
Here are even more tools for your piano toolbox. In fact, these are some techniques that I use nearly every day to create specific types of sounds, feelings, or moods on the piano.
It’s one of the longer videos, but I think you’ll find some useful techniques in here.
In this video, we take a look at some famous solos in popular music, and how the artists made use of the underlying key and chords of the song. My goal is that this video will be a jump-start for your own research into your favorite songs and solos.
Here are some more tools to add to your piano improvisation toolbox – I think you’ll like these. They’re ones I use a LOT in my playing. In fact, a lot of the guys I play with use them a lot, too.
In this lesson, I talk about how to take the “standard” chords and make them sound richer, sometimes jazzier, and definitely more interesting.
I go into a lot more detail on this in my guide, Professional Piano Chords for Everyday Pianists, but this video also gives a pretty good explanation of them.
This video got a little long, so I had to split it into two parts. In this lesson, we go into minor scales, which have some very interesting sounds.
Don’t get too hung up on this lesson if you don’t understand it right away. It’s just another part of your piano improvisation toolbox, but it’s definitely one of the more difficult concepts I cover in this course. Well, OK, it’s just another set of notes/scales to think about – I guess I should be a little more positive about it, huh? 😉
Anyway, here are parts 1 and 2 of minor scales and how to use them in your piano improvisation:
This week, we get a little deeper into piano improvisation theory when we talk about minor scales and some more advanced chords you can use.
But don’t let the theory videos scare you, because we also go over a bunch more tips and tricks you can add to your improvisation toolbox.
We also talk about how to use specific sounds, notes, and chords on the piano to create certain moods and types of music.
Finally, we take a look at some famous melodies and solos – not just on the piano – to see what we can learn from them.
Below is a brief video overview of Week 3.