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I am very excited to start offering customized videos for people who want to learn about specific things that they can’t find elsewhere on the web. If you’d like a lesson on a specific subject, here’s the process:

Step 1: Upload a youtube video of yourself asking the question and email it to me at gns134@gmail.com (or just email me the question if you’d rather not upload your own video)

Step 2: Send $50 to my paypal email (gns134@gmail.com)

Step 3: I’ll make the lesson as quickly as possible (often I can do it within 24 hours but sometimes takes a little longer based on my touring schedule)

I’ll make a video (usually around 10 minutes long, but sometimes longer) answering your question at the piano, and make it public along with a link to your question-video.

Cool? Please let me know!

– 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:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/27714/oriental-folk-song-transc.pdf

You can download the play-along track here:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/27714/oriental-folk-song-playalong.mp3

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!
Weekly

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