Add to EJ Playlist 'What Is There To Say' - Version 1 jazz piano tutorial. This is similar in style to Version 2 which was done on my Yamaha digital piano, which enabled me to create a fairly accurate transcription, and some notes on things that might be of interest to other jazz pianists.
I have added some annotations to this version.
Add to EJ Playlist 'What Is There To Say' - Version 2 jazz piano tutorial. This is similar in style to Version 1 which was done on my Kawai baby grand. This one, done on the digital piano enabled me to create a fairly accurate transcription, and some notes on things that might be of interest to other jazz pianists.
There is a full printable transcription on my DVD.
Add to EJ Playlist A lot of people are baffled by the domain name of my website - 'Bushgrafts'! The name refers to my other special interest - growing (or taming) Australian plants so that the very difficult but spectacular ones can be grown in a domestic garden.
Most of these plants have evolved to only grow in the drier, infertile areas of central and Western Australia, while most Australians live in the wetter, more fertile coastal areas.
One answer is to use grafting - finding a compatible yet more tolerant rootstock species that will happily support its more spectacular related species in a garden setting. This is largely a matter of trial and error, and quite a few successful combinations have been found.
These are gradually becoming available in Australian plant nurseries. Our small nursery supplies small quantities of these grafted plants to selected wholesale plant Nurseries around Australia.
The piano backing is the song 'If I Should Lose You'.
Add to EJ Playlist Another video derived from a midi file I recorded some time ago.
This is another favourite standard in the jazz repertoire - lots of versions around to study. This begins with solo piano and later the bass and drums enter.
I have put the printable transcription on my DVD (details on my website at http://www.bush grafts.com )
Add to EJ Playlist 'My Man's Gone Now' (G Gershwin) - solo jazz piano tutorial. Another of the great songs from Porgy and Bess.
This one has been done by several jazz pianists - notably Bill Evans. There is also a version by pianist Dave Grusin on that great album of his 'The Gershwin Connection', and another terrific solo version by George Cables in the solo piano series recorded at Maybeck Hall (George Cables at Maybeck'.
For other jazz pianists, I have added some annotations. It is quite a simple to play song, though it lends itself to some interesting harmonies.
Like my other posting today of the Noel Coward song 'Mad About The Boy' -this should be relatively easy to play - no difficult passages. The video is downloadable from my website at http://www.bush grafts.com and I will put the printable transcription on my DVD - details on the website.
Add to EJ Playlist 'Mad about The Boy' (Noel Coward) - solo jazz piano lesson. A great song by Noel Coward - written for a Revue in the thirties. Ir was set outside a cinema and the two girls are talking aboyut their silver screen hero - guessed to be a young Carey Grant. Later, he added some alternative verses that were written for 2 men for a broadway version, but this was considered too risque and were banned!
Like my other posting today of the Gershwin song from 'Porgy and Bess' - 'My Man's Gone Now' -t his should be relatively easy to play - no difficult passages. The video is downloadable from my website at http://www.bush grafts.com and I will put the printable transcription on my DVD - details on the website.
Add to EJ Playlist A great tune by Burton Lane that I had not played for a long time.
With this, I just set up the camera and recorder and more or less practised the song by playing it a number of times. The result is less than perfect, but offers a number of different techniques and approaches. I added the scrolling leadsheet later as I could not easily produce a full transcription as I usually do if I had used a digital piano. This along with the annotations I have added might be of interest to other jazz piano players.
When I recorded it, I just had a leadsheet in C so I was practising the transposition up a minor 3rd to Eb without a sheet also - you will notice some of the slight hesitations as I play. I really like the sound of the up or down a minor third transposition. I suppose Bill Evans' version of 'The Days of Wine and Roses' where he alternates between F and Ab for the first and last 16 bars is the model.
You can download the video from my Website at http://www.bush grafts.com. There is a printable leadsheet (in Eb and C) on my DVD (details on my website)
Add to EJ Playlist 'Autumn In New York' - solo jazz piano tutorial.
This was recorded on my acoustic baby grand, so I have not been able to easily produce the notation - I have been able however, to add the melody and chords that I used - and I have added annotations.
For an excellent and different version of this song by Tom (7notemode) go to
http://www.yout ube.com/watch?v =rIv7Ie9-fCE
The video can be uploaded from my website at http://www.bush grafts.com
Add to EJ Playlist 'Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me' - solo jazz piano tutorial. I recorded this quite a few years ago, and have only now got around to adding a transccription and annotations. This video is on my website at http://www.bush grafts.com. Another version recorded at the same time (Version 2) is also there, but has not been transcribed. The midi files for both versions , and a leadsheet are also there. The printable transcription for this video is on my DVD - http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /DVDbuy.htm
Add to EJ Playlist Some of my early videos were fairly basic, and I have tried to upgrade a number of them to take advantage of the improved quality of the video. I have added notation to the original video and made it much more accurate than my earlier transcription efforts.
This is a challenging song - interesting chords - each 'A' section is slightly different. There is a downloadable version, and a midi file recorded at the same time at
A pdf file of this more accurate transcription is on my DVD - details are on the above website.
Add to EJ Playlist I recorded this today on my new(ish) Kawai baby grand. Unfortunately, I can't give you the usual transcription with this one as it was not recorded on a digital piano which records the performance as midi data that can make a transcription much easier to produce.
I have however, added a melody and chord view that may help any interested jazz piano students understand what is being played. And I have also added a few comments/annota tions.
The video can be downloaded from my website at http://www.bush grafts.com
Add to EJ Playlist 'If Ever I Would Leave You' - solo jazz piano tutorial - the great song from 'Camelot'.
Some have asked how the notation on the video can maintain its correct form with the notes correctly placed in measures even though I have played it completely freely with no regular tempo. I use 'Sonar' to produce a tempo map that it can create from a click track that was added later where a click is placed on each beat.
In the program that creates the final transcription of the improvisation (PG music's 'Power Tracks Pro Audio), the measures appear as they should do. You may notice a little mark that moves at a variable speed across the screen just above the notation. This is responding to the tempo map created when 'Fit to improvisation' was used with the added click track in 'Sonar'.
A printable transcription is available on my DVD, and this video, and the midi file can be downloaded free from my webdite at http://www.bush grafts.com
Add to EJ Playlist I have created a transcription to add to the earlier video I posted on Youtube. I am gradually upgrading some of my earlier videos to add a transcription, additional annotations and a clear keyboard view.
There is a printable pdf file of the transcription, and a bass and drums backing track to play along with on my DVD - details on my website at http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /home.htm
Add to EJ Playlist This is a much improved re-working of an earlier video - in HD and widescreen. I have added additional annotations, scrolling notation, and clear keyboard view. As always, the video is free to download from my website - http://www.bush grafts.com and on my DVD are a printable copy of the notation. (details on my website)
Add to EJ Playlist This is a much improved re-working of an earlier video - in HD and widescreen. I have added additional annotations, scrolling notation, and clear keyboard view. As always, the video is free to download from my website - http://www.bush grafts.com and on my DVD are a printable copy of the noataion. and also the bass and drums backing track to play along with. (details on my website)
Add to EJ Playlist A video version of another midi file I recorded quite a few years ago.
In many ways, this is the simplest jazz song to play - 2 bars that repeat all the way through in 2 keys.
The progression though can be played with a blues approach very effectively - blues scale(s) fit over the whole form.
Also, despite the basic harmony using 4 chords only, with substitutions, passing chords etc. the harmony can be made interesting .
As with others, the video can be downloaded free from my website at
and the printable transcription is on my DVD (details on my website)
Add to EJ Playlist Again this is a video rendering of a midi file that I did some time ago - I have added a lot of annotations keyboard view, and scrolling notation as well as the leadsheet with chords and original melody.
On my website, http://www.bush grafts.com along with over 200 tutorial videos to download, you will also find over 300 live played jazz piano midi files
http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /midi.htm
All can be downloaded for free!