Helpful materials

So, the site you really want is http://www.youtube.com/weeklypiano

However, I’m using this page to upload some files that you might find helpful.

Here you go:

Bebop licks:

Beringer exercises:

Click to access beringer-daily-technical-studies.pdf

McCoy Tyner Vocabulary:

Click to access mccoy-tyner-vision-solo-phrases.pdf

Tunes to learn:

NEW AS OF DECEMBER 18, 2017: One of my Patreon supporters made this cool spreadsheet that makes it easier to track your practice given my guidelines from the video. I’ve uploaded it here. Thanks Robel F! Practice Itinerary Spreadsheet (compliments of Robel F):

NEW AS OF DEC 30, 2017: One of my students, Andres C, came up with this awesome spreadsheet that outlines my explanation of the modes and how to approach them from two different angles.
Thanks Andres!!!

To get your own private lessons, support the creation of these training videos, and join the piano community, visit https://www.patreon.com/weeklypiano

I’ve started giving Skype lessons to some enthusiastic aspiring pianists. You can join the community at http://www.patreon.com/weeklypiano. You can get your own lessons, or just the supporters to help me build this page to something more useful to you and the piano community.

Thank you for your help and your support.
– Weekly Piano

This lesson dives into a transcription of a Wayne Shorter solo on “Oriental Folk Song”.

Shorter uses two notes as the focal points of the solo. This lesson breaks down how and why he uses those notes to create powerful melodies.

You can download the transcription here:

You can download the play-along track here:

When playing behind a soloist in a modal tune, many musicians struggle to maintain interest and variety in their comping.

This video explains a comping technique that McCoy Tyner used, which will allow you to have better and more interesting interaction with a soloist on a modal tune. It’s especially useful for playing with tenor sax players.

This video won’t teach you to sound like McCoy. It will teach you the landscape on which he developed his musicality, so you can explore that landscape and develop your own voice within that world of sound.

Give it a shot, and let me know if you have any questions.

Comping on Autumn Leaves

This video shows the comping voice-leading for Autumn Leaves. This blog post is for my new piano student, Tremaine, so it also has some other material that I didn’t have time to copy before the lesson was over.

Other material: hannon exercise 1 through 4. These will help work on the strength of the ring-finger (which is naturally one of the weakest fingers for playing piano). Click on the pages below to view the full-size image (you should be able to print the pages if you’d like).

Hanon page 1:


Hanon page 2:


Hanon Page 3:


Hanon Page 4:


And lastly, i’ve uploaded Cannonball’s version of Autumn Leaves…if you’re very ambitious, I’d recommend trying to learn Cannonball’s solo from this track. It’s incredibly deep. Download it here:

You can use Transcribe (it costs like $50) to slow it down if it goes by too quickly. I think there’s a free trial though so you can download it and just use it for this. http://www.seventhstring.com/xscribe/download.html

Have fun!

I’M BACK!! :)

So sorry I haven’t uploaded any of these for like a MONTH! oy. Please forgive me. I’ve been practicing and studying like crazy, and just haven’t kept on the ball with this like I’ve wanted to. However, I just recorded some new improvs, and will be getting back to uploading them weekly.

This specific one is using something I learned lately from Steve Coleman (www.m-base.com). It involved the idea of negative chords simply being the inverse of the positive chords, based off the fifth scale degree going downwards. I can explain more if you’re interested – just lemme know :).

You’ll notice a specific way that the minor chords modulate to one-another – that’s the thing I’m using :).

Anyway, I hope you enjoy! Please leave comments and let me know what you think.

Right after I put this one up, @kendrickhuynh said “Sounds like a Chopin and Yanni improv =D Really soft, quick and nice.”

Do you agree?

Until next time, peace!

This is my 63rd piano solo…please let me know what you think!

and i

a bit of an experiment…

I call this piece “and i”. Technically this is weekly piano improvisation #61, but I decided to sing the melody that came out of this one.

Please let me know what you think! Should I sing more, or just stick to the piano? hahaha

This one is kept mostly in the mid range of the piano, but has kindof a singing melody to it. please let me know what you think!