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This book shows how to write the symbols of music by hand. A guide for music copyist's and calligraphers. it was a standards text in university orchestration/composition classes before notation software took over. The book is written entirely in hand script, with pen stroke directions given in large examples showing how to draw all of the music symbols.

 About the study group. . .

 The pianists studying in the group learn how to read and play standards from lead sheets from a fake book, using chord concept. They learn to create self-made arrangements that are pleasing and correct, combining melody with good chord voicings. We begin by using simple jazz chords, split with an open-voicing technique to support the melody line.  This is the first step to creating a professional cocktail piano sound.

When you join the study group, along with the video lessons you will receive periodic additional information about open voicings, piano techniques and arranging. As a student, you can correspond with me directly with questions about the video lessons.  No lead sheets or printed music will be provided in the study, so you must have the fake book described below.

This study group is similar to a subscription class series, but there is no monthly payment or registration. You only buy each new lesson if you want to proceed. The only requirement is that you have the Hal Leonard, Real Vocal Book so that you can study from the charts that I will be discussing. I do not send or provide any printed or digital music. You must provide proof of purchase of the printed fake book or Kindle version by providing a photo of the book or receipt for it.

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5 chords

The basic elements for playing Cocktail Piano 

In this video I use a “director’s cut” type of narrative over my playing. First I play a jazz standard down in a straight-ahead arrangement, with various jazz voicings that are intrinsic to my cocktail style playing. Then I go back and walk through the tune slowly, discussing all of the various jazz chords and techniques I use to support the melody throughout the tune. Move-by-move, I try to describe everything I am doing, talking while playing each jazz arrangement slowly the second time though. I liken this to how a movie director describes his movie when it is being played back in a special cut for viewers, but I stop the action to let you see clearly what I am doing.

Professional Piano Techniques – One-hour video lesson  

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 Often called the Bill Evans chord voicings. Very hip, jazzy and versatile

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Understanding the 2-5-1- Jazz Progression – (51 minute video lesson)  

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Open Voicings Study #1

Cocktail Runs & Arpeggios

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This lesson follows the one above, The Five Basic Jazz Chord Types. It shows you all the things that you can do with the five basic jazz chord. Various easy left hand devices and techniques are shown that professional pianists commonly use. Playing the outside notes of the chord in the left hand, arpeggiating the chord in the left hand, keeping straight time with the left hand, all of these devices give you a solid underpinning so that you can play the melody or improvise with your right hand.


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The lessons in this series are for pianists who would like to play cocktail style piano. Progressive lessons show how to make jazz chords and then use them to play jazz standards and read from chord charts. Here's a brief description of the videos on this page. More complete explanations are with the demo videos below:


             1. Five Jazz Chord Types – The basic stuff we all need for understanding jazz theory. 

             2.Professional Piano Techniques – Basic left-hand technique, open voicings, melody support, etc for cocktail playing             

             3. Understanding the 2-5-1 Jazz Progression – The most important three-chord combination to know for cocktail music.

             4. The Minor 2-5-1 Jazz Pattern - The minor counterpart to the major 2-5-1 pattern above. Essential to know.

             5. Rootless Jazz Chords – Often called the Bill Evans chord voicings. Very hip, jazzy and versatile 

             6. Cocktail Piano Arrangements – Demonstrations using elements from all of the videos above
             7. Cocktail Runs & Arpeggios – Creating smooth piano runs and effects with one and two hands 

             8. The Joy of Scales -Shows you how to break your major scales up, get creative and make fills

             9. Left Hand - Right Hand Independence - Get your two hands independent and working together. Creative scale playing.


The term “cocktail music” conjures up a lot of images. Generally it is associated with that now bygone era of class, associated with high society from the 1920’s thru the early 1960’s. But cocktail still remains cool and enjoyed in certain social settings today. Cocktail piano means to play in a pleasant manor while people are enjoying evening cocktails and making conversation in a social setting anywhere, be it at a corner bar, cocktail lounge, private party, wedding, company event or restaurant. Playing for diners in a restaurant is also referred to as “dinner music’ and should be played quietly so as not to interfere with conversation or digestion. There are many ways to play cocktail style piano. I have been able to survive the ups and downs of my career by having multifaceted music skills. I play a wide variety of styles in classical, jazz, band and solo stage playing. I can incorporate a lot of this versatility into my playing when I’m on cocktail gigs. I have a few favorite or personal styles that I default into naturally. One of them is to play in a clean, soft, sensitive, classical jazz style that sounds quite controlled and arranged. Another is to open up and play in an uncontrolled, splashy style with a quasi stride effect at times. You’ll be able to hear some  of what I’m trying to describe in the video recordings below and the CD following them. If you find my cocktail styles appealing you can get some inside details on what I am doing in my video lesson, “Cocktail Piano Arrangements“, where I attempt describe the voicings and techniques I use in various standards as I play them down.

This video shows you how to break your major scales up, get creative and express yourself. Your right-hand learns how to utilize the scale making short melodies while your left hand plays and simple underpinning. Explore the possibilities of making music with major scales!

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Endorsed by film composer 

John Williams

Cocktail Piano 

Professional Piano Techniques

​A book by Glen Rose 


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This lesson comes with an attachment PDF that has all of the rootless jazz chords written out in twelve keys

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 The Open Voicings Study Group


Cocktail Piano Arrangements – 46 minute video lesson.

There are five basic jazz chord types. Major jazz chords, dominant chords, minor chords, minor7b5 chords and diminished chords. This video demonstrate how to build these basic, necessary jazz chord types step-by-step, clearly showing how to make and locate each one from any note on the piano. Some very enjoyable exercises are shown as well that will make your practice sound like music. Then we take the chord types and learn how to use them to play jazz standards. First we play just chords to the songs and then we see how to use the chords for supporting the melody in the lesson that follows, Professional Piano Techniques.

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​​ The minor counterpart to the "Major 2-5-1 Jazz Pattern" above. It is used also used extensively throughout standards, bossa novas, movie themes, broadway songs and jazz tunes. It is necessary to understand and be able to make this 3-chord pattern to be able to play standards correctly. It isn't used as frequently as the major 2-5-1 but it is found in nearly all standards so it is a must to learn. The lesson introduces you to the sound of the pattern and shows how to make it in all twelve keys with enjoyable exercises.

Left Hand, Right Hand Independence - 36 minute video lesson  

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Cocktail Runs & Arpeggios – One-hour video lesson  


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Slow down the videos to study them more closely with these helpful apps.

I have been hearing from a student of mine about an app he uses to slow my video lessons down so he can study them more closely. The App's retains the pitch while slowing the video itself down  This way one can see more precisely where my hands are moving in case they are moving too fast for you. It's called, Transcribe+
Here's what he says about it. . .

I used to use Amazing Slow Downer. I think it was with a CD player? Transcribe+ is on the iPad / iPhone and works so well on a tablet-touch interface. For me it has replaced Amazing Slow Downer..

Usually I don’t need it because you explain so clearly. Sometimes though I will loop and slow down a passage so I can be sure to repeat it enough to drill it into the hands. What the program does is to give users complete control over the video and audio speed. That way, you can slow down the performance as much as you want and learn to copy the performance note-by-note without changing the pitch. I learned from Transcribe+. for example, that in your Christmas Song performance you used 10ths a lot in the left hand. And you often skipped the 5th in the left hand and played only root and 10th. I also noticed where you timed the RH melody to coincide with the LH chords. I found this stuff out by applying Transcribe to your video. 

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Here are the reviews:
“ invaluable aid to anyone entering the field of music preparation.”
John Williams - Motion Picture Composer, “Jaws” and “Star Wars”   

“...this book should be in every arrangers or composer’s ‘copyist briefcase’.”
Sammy Nestico -  Composer and Arranger for Count Basie.

Fake books for the Open Voicings Study Group.

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This is an excellent fake book, published by Hal Leonard Corporation, that you will enjoy having for reference for any standards you want to study or play. We use it in the Open Voicings Study Group.  You must have this book to participate in the study group. 

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​​ The 2-5-1 (two-five-one) jazz progression is the most valuable and necessary chord pattern in popular music. It is used extensively throughout standards, bossa novas, movie themes, broadway songs and jazz tunes. When you understand and can play this simple pattern made up of three chords it will give you a skill that you can use to play, memorize and understand standards. There really is no progression more important to know than this three chord combination. The lesson introduces you to the sound and shows how to make it in all twelve keys. I present musical exercises to use when studying the patterns and show you how and why they are so important to learn. Your knowledge of how standards are composed will improve immensely once you understand how the pattern works and is used.

"The art of music calligraphy"


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A Music Notation Primer


The Five Jazz Chord Types – One-hour video lesson  

Interesting pianist swinging in the groove and worth a listen:


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The Joy of Scales – 56 minute video lesson  

Open Voicings Study #2


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Open Voicings Study #3


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60 pages 5.5"x 8.5"

All hand calligraphy.

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Vera Marijit Trio

The Minor 2-5-1 Jazz Pattern – (52 minute video lesson)  

​​​Most cocktail piano runs are derived from classical piano arpeggios. We borrow and steal from the great masters to create our flashy cocktail style runs and rolling piano effects. When you analyze the runs of the great flashy pianists of the 19th century such as Franz Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, etc., you discover that their runs made great natural ergonomic sense. The hand movements sound difficult and spectacular but in fact, once you understand the hand movements, they’re not so very difficult to reproduce.

Rootless Jazz Chords – 45 minute video lesson  

Jazz Patterns. The minor 2-5-1 progression

Open Voicings Study #4

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and should be studied together

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This video shows you how to get your right and left hands doing separate things but synchronized together with some basic rhythm exercises that are good brain food. Learn a basic left-hand device that will add rhythm to your right-hand explorations. This shows you how to be creative and have a good time with scales!

Glen Rose plays Cole Porter

Rootless Jazz Chords

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 The Minor 2-5-1 Jazz Pattern 

Understanding the 2-5-1 Jazz Progression

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Let me play some relaxing cocktail piano for you.


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This is some very important information for you to understand if you are just beginning to play piano with a chord concept.  Dominant chords are the most versatile and colorful of all the chords. You will learn how to make all of the possible variations when you study the "Rootless Chords Video Lesson."

The Five Jazz Chord Types

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Chord players . . .


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This is a scanned copy of the original book. It wasn't set up as a normal ebook. It is a literal scan of my original. It's done cleanly and will give all the information that you need if you are interesting in writing out your instrument parts by hand as it was done for centuries until the last 15 years when software was developed for computers for notating music.  There are many computer fonts that try to duplicate the music copyists artistic hand but there is nothing comparable to an artists original hand work.  The book is written completely in my own hand with the skill that my father who was a professional copyists his entire life, passed on to me. This is the way we wrote out all the orchestra parts for the film scores at 20th Century Fox Motion Picture Studios. 

Bill Evans brother Harry Evans

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This lesson is good brain food too!


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Joy of scales

These are the beginning, hip jazz chords that every jazz student learns. They are often referred to as rootless voicings or Bill Evans chords because he was the pianist who brought them to the attention of the jazz world and were a big part of his style. With these chords you can play all of the jazz extensions and altered tones in one hand. Jazz 9, 11, and 13 chords and all of their alterations are available in one, four note, one hand chord which can be played with either your right-hand or left-hand. These will bring a very modern and hip sound to your playing.

Cocktail Piano Arrangements