The Practical Jazz Piano System: Play Jazz Voicings Like A Pro With Zero Experience
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Are you looking to develop practical jazz piano skills that will help you in the practice room, when teaching students, or while playing music with friends? This course is designed for you!
The Practical Jazz Piano System is a one stop course taking you from zero experience with jazz piano voicings to being a competent, knowledgeable, amateur pianist. 23 in-depth lessons start from how to think about jazz voicings and quickly move into a simple, easy to understand system for playing any chord progression no matter how complicated.
This course is based on practicality. Many piano systems are designed to make you a virtuoso, requiring a large volume of material related to piano technique, reading, etc. This material is based on getting you the skills to accomplish the goal: being able to play a sophisticated voicing for any chord you may come across. This means we can skip the material that causes many budding pianist to quit before they develop any real skills. This course will be challenging, but it will also be extremely fun and rewarding!
What is included in this course:
- 23 in depth video lessons featuring an on-screen keyboard, allowing you to see every detail of what is being taught.
- PDF worksheets for every lesson.
- Piano-less backing tracks for you to practice your skills with a real band!
- Interactive forum with the instructor and other students.
What should I know before starting this course?
- A basic understanding of simple chord symbols used in the jazz language (Cmaj7, C7, C-7)
- A basic understanding of the piano keyboard (knowing which keys play which notes)
- A rudimentary knowledge of the treble and bass clef (This course doesn't require much reading, but it is important to be able to name notes on the staff)
That's it! As you can see, we don't need many skills to get going.
What skills will I have at the end of this course?
- An understanding of what makes jazz piano voicings sound so rich and interesting.
- The ability to play quality jazz voicings that clearly outline the chord progression and sound fantastic.
- The ability to make sense of ANY chord symbol you will see in the jazz language.
- A deep understanding of chord extensions and how they work together to make musical magic.
- The ability to walk a simple bass line along with your chord voicings, turning you into a one person rhythm section!
- You will be able to open any real book, to any page, and competently play the chords in a functional manner.
I'm extremely excited for you to get started with this course and develop the practical piano skills you have always wanted.
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Nick Mainella is a jazz educator and saxophonist residing in the Portsmouth, NH area. He is the creator and host of the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast and YouTube Channel. He is also the director of jazz at Southern New Hampshire University.
Nick mentors serious jazz students from around the world in his exclusive program, The Jazz Education Intensive. A year long system that turns participants into capable, working professional musicians.
Nick's educational ideas and systems have been featured on outlets around the world including, Learn Jazz Standards, Musical U, The Growing Band Director Podcast, Contrabass Conversations, Best Saxophone Website Ever and more. Nick regularly travels the US presenting clinics and workshops to audiences of students and educators.
Nick is also a published author with Hal Leonard having authored a definitive saxophone text, Comprehensive Saxophone Warm-Ups.
Nick has had the pleasure of studying with some of the greatest teachers in the world including, Clark Terry, Billy Hart, James Moody, Trent Kynaston, Jared Sims, and Mike Tucker. Nick received his Bachelor of Saxophone Performance from the University of New Hampshire and his Master of Jazz Performance from Western Michigan University.
Nick also maintains an international touring schedule featuring ensembles such as the Nick Mainella Quartet, The Soggy Po Boys, and OURBIGBAND.