I have just ordered your 5 Jazz Chords having stumbled upon your utube tutorial. Thank you SO much ! It is amazing . I am a classically trained pianist and have always wanted to play by ear. Your method of teaching this is really helpful as it seems to feed both sides of the equation for me . I am learning that this kind of thing needs practise as much as the Bach Preludes!!
Before Youtube etc. I used to ask folk how they did what they did and usually got the answer that they didn't really know but "they just did it ". I concluded you had to have some kind of gift ( which clearly some people do - yourself included) but that I certainly wasn't one of them . Now I have some hope that I might one day, be able to play some cocktail and Jazz . So thank you again.
Christine Lauritsen Blakey, Duns, Scotland
Just bought all of the Cocktail series after watching the teaser videos on YouTube. You Sir are a gift to all us piano players.
Really terrific and keep them coming!!
Vince from Philly.
Recently I purchased most of your videos. They are just my “Cup of Tea” and the way I like to play.
Lloyd Rees, Wales U.K.
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Sitting and practicing for a long time can wear your back out. I have some suggestions that might make it easier. Click on the piano bench to hear them
Here I'm demonstrating nine popular left-hand boogie patterns
Boogie tour of popular left-hand patterns
If you've never even played a single note on the piano and think you have zero talent or ability to do so you might have fun with this free little lesson showing you how to make some nice sounds and have some fun without knowing a thing.
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Before the 1960's there were only acoustic pianos. The electrics and digitals came on the scene with the flourishing electric pop music in the 70's. Read more about the difference between keyboards and pianos and what it means to you.
Play on a digital electric keyboard or play on a real piano?
What's the difference?
Can't play a note?
In this web site I want to share with you some of the things I’ve learned along the way in my 40+ years of making my living as a professional pianist. I am primarily a jazz, show-tune and cocktail pianist but I also have a lot of roots in the blues world. Maybe you can pick up some tips and ideas from my video lessons that you can use in your own playing, study or just for having fun.
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Jazzy Piano web site!
In this video I am explaining the various techniques I am using to create my cocktail piano arrangments.