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'One For My Baby - And One More For the Road' - Jazz piano Tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  I played this classic bar-room piano song freely. It was played out of tempo without a click track. It was improvised from a basic leadsheet - it is not a considered 'arrangement' as such - it still has some poor note choices, but it might suggest some ideas for other piano players playing the song. I was able to rationalise the transcription after recording using midi by assigning a 'click' to each separate beat, and using software to create a tempo map that placed the notes played correctly within each bar. I will put the video on my website, and add the video and a printable transcription to my instructional DVD. It can also be purchased as a separate transcription for $1.20. Details are on my website - http://www.bush grafts.com.

'Rain Waltz' (Fred Hersch) - Jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is a great song by the wonderful pianist Fred Hersch. This video has had an interesting history! Over 10 years ago, before I started creating these videos, I often posted, on a midi newsgroup, some of the jazz piano midi files (including this one) that I had recorded. Some years later, I found on another website a CD for sale that contained this, and 4 other songs that I had midi-recorded and had also posted on the jazz midi newsgroup. This CD titled 'Inspirations' was (and still is) available for sale on iTunes https://itunes. apple.com/au/ar tist/patrick-cu rley-3s-a-crowd /id4403746, Amazon http://www.amaz on.co.uk/Inspir ations-Patrick- Curley-3s-Crowd /dp/B002IH79IO, Soundclick http://www.soun dclick.com/band s/default.cfm?b andID=71145 and CdBaby http://www.cdba by.com/cd/pc3ac The CD was claimed to be the work of another pianist - Patrick Curley and his group '3's a Crowd'. There is quite a bit of information about him on these websites - including interviews, pictures, testimonials (including one from McCoy Tyner)!. The CD is called 'INSPIRATIONS' - and contributing musicians are said to be : Patrick Curley, Piano all tracks. Guitar: Carmine D'Amico, Drums:Tony Messina, Bass: Roland Geeter. The full 'Inspirations' CD is also on Spotify - proudly announcing on the CD cover 'Featuring the piano artistry of Patrick Curley'! This video was created from the original midi file, but the audio comes from the CD. As you can see, the notation from the midi file is exactly in sync with the audio that was passed off as the work of these musicians. Someone has overdubbed some (very bad) congas over my original midi drum track, but the bass track is exactly as originally recorded including all of the bends that I originally recorded! And the piano also has simply been recorded directly from the midi file, with no alteration. There are other tracks on the CD that are direct audio copies of other midi files that I recorded and posted in the past including 'You've Changed', 'Spring Is Here', 'If Ever I would Leave You' and 'Turn out The Stars' The other tracks on this 'INSPIRATIONS' CD (inluding 'Autumn Leaves', 'Night and Day', and 'My Funny Valentine' ) were taken from a now discontinued midi instructional jazz piano program for Windows called 'The Jazz Pianist' published by PG music. This guy certainly has a hide, as these were recorded by very well known pianists including Renee Rosnes, Miles Black and others. Although imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I did find this just a little annoying. There is no point in following up this as I haven't been able to track this Patrick Curley down - I would have liked to at least let him know that his hoax was exposed.

'Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me' Version 2 - Jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me' (Version 2) - 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 and midi file are on my website at http://www.bush grafts.com. Another version recorded at the same time (Version 1) is also there, The printable transcription for this video and also Version 1, is on my DVD - http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /DVDbuy.htm The transcriptions are both also available for purchase at $1.20 for both - details at http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /DVDbuy.htm#tra nscriptions

'Someone To Watch Over Me' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is a fairly simple play-through of this wonderful Gershwin ballad. I started it in Eb (the usual key), then abruptly moved to C Major. I derived the transcription from the midi file that I recorded as I recorded the video. It was played from a leadsheet - it is not a considered arrangement, and is intended more as a source of ideas for other improvising musicians - though many have taken these tutorials to be finished arrangements, and that is OK, though I have resisted the temptation to edit and polish the improvisation except for minor corrections. A much more difficult Art Tatum version (also in C major) played by Tom Pedersen can be seen here - https://www.you tube.com/watch? v=s2oUsGtYGp0 I will post the video and midi file (free to download) on my website http://www.bush grafts.com and place the transcription on my DVD, and available separately ($1.20) - details here http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /DVDbuy.htm#tra nscriptions

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Add to EJ Playlist  This is another 'upgrade' of an earlier video that has been one of my most watched piano tutorials with around 150,000 hits. It was derived from a midi file that I had recorded and annotated some time ago. I was hoping to create, when the bass and drums enter, the sort of interplay that the Bill Evans trio was famous for. Of course this is a very pale emulation of this 'collective improvisation' style, but is fun to try - even if there is only one player of all the instruments! The audio is the same as on the other video, but the transcription is much better. The video can be streamed or downloaded from http://www.bush grafts.com A transcription in pdf format is on my DVD or can be purchased separately from my website at http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /DVDbuy.htm#tra nscriptions

'I Only Have Eyes For You' - solo jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'I Only Have Eyes For You'. This is another solo piano tutorial with scrolling notation and detailed annotations. The song was played in from a leadsheet. I ...

'In Your Own Sweet Way' Take 3 - jazz piano lesson

Add to EJ Playlist  'In Your Own Sweet Way' - improvised solo jazz piano - Take 3. I am updating some of my earliest videos - taking advantage of the much improved quality avail...

'In Your Own Sweet Way' - improvised solo jazz piano - Take 2

Add to EJ Playlist  'In Your Own Sweet Way' - improvised solo jazz piano - Take 2. I am updating some of my earliest videos - taking advantage of the much improved quality avail...

'(Just) Squeeze Me' - Take 2 - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  DescriptionThis is another much improved re-working of an earlier video - in HD and widescreen. I have done 2 other versions of the song - another with bass ...

'Close Enough For Love' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is another great tune by Johnny Mandel - and terrific words by Paul Williams. I played the first chorus as solo piano, then for the second half I create...

'Far Away Places' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'Far Away Places' - jazz piano tutorial. I have always liked this song with its lovely lyrics. I tried to play it very simply - just some minor adjustments t...

'Sweet Lorraine' solo jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This again was a midi file that I did quite a few years ago. It has been on my website, and has found its way on to other sites over the years. I thought tha...

'Shenandoah' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  Keith Jarrett's version from his solo album 'The Melody At Night, With You' album, is the piano version that is best known - so simple and tasteful. This is ...

'Bewitched' (from Pal Joey) - solo jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is a solo version of another great standard - this one by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart It might give other piano players some alternative harmonic or...

'Nancy (with the Laughing Face)' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'Nancy (with the Laughing Face)' - jazz piano tutorial. I have used a different lay-out for this one. in the past, I have most often filmed the keyboard dire...

'A Foggy Day' - Solo jazz piano tutorial.

Add to EJ Playlist  'A Foggy Day'- Solo jazz piano lesson. I tried to make it fairly simple, keeping fairly closely to the original melody and harmony. I will put the video (htt...

The Very Thought Of You / Isn't it Romantic' (Medley) - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is another of my 'upgrades' - taking advantage of the improved quality possible now on youtube. These are two tunes that segue neatly. A track by Canadi...

'When You Wish Upon A Star' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'When You Wish Upon A Star' - jazz piano tutorial. I was looking for another Christmas song to play and chose this! In Japan, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Den...

'White Christmas' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'White Christmas' - jazz piano tutorial. This is another Christmas song to add to the three others that I have done as tutorials before. First a solo piano c...

'A Beautiful Friendship' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'A Beautiful Friendship' - jazz piano tutorial. A simulated piano trio version with prepared bass and drums backing. Again I have annotated it with descripti...

'I'm Glad there Is You' - solo jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is a solo version of another great standard - this one by Jimmy Dorsey. It might give other piano players some alternative harmonic or melodic ideas to ...

'They Didn't Believe Me' (Jerome Kern) - jazz piano lesson

Add to EJ Playlist  'They Didn't Believe Me' (Jerome Kern) - jazz piano lesson A great song to play on piano - lots of jazz pianists have tackled it - Oscar Peterson, Andre Prev...

'Sunny Side of the Street' - solo jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'Sunny Side of the Street' - solo jazz piano tutorial. Another great song to play - even though the basic harmony is simple, it offers lots of options harmon...

'My Blue Heaven' - Michelle Benjamin with Doug McKenzie

Add to EJ Playlist  'My Blue Heaven' - Michelle Benjamin with Doug McKenzie. Sorry that you can't see my hands on the actual keyboard - the virtual keyboard and notation are fai...

'ByeBye Country Boy' - Michelle Benjamin with Doug McKenzie

Add to EJ Playlist  We had another recording session recently - this is one that turned out quite well. It is one of the songs written by Blossom Dearie, with words by Jack Sega...

'Night Mist Blues' (Ahmad Jamal) - jazz piano Tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'Night Mist Blues' (Ahmad Jamal) - jazz piano Tutorial. This is not a 12 bar blues, though it lends itself to a blues approach. The main 8 bar theme is repea...

'As Time Goes By' - solo jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is a solo version of that most requested song from Casablanca! Several people have asked for a version of this. It might give other piano players some a...

'Deep Purple' - solo jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is a re-vamp of an early popular video that I did and is still on youtube - http://www.yout ube.com/watch?v =ZkzQuvfMNcY It has been fairly popular (aroun...

'That's All' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'That's All'- lesson in jazz piano. Lots of versions of this - one of my favourites is Ahmad Jamal's 1958 track on the 'Ahmad's Blues' album. (http://www.you ...

'I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan' - jazz piano tutorial This song is one of the not so very well known standards. Again, I didn't try anything outlandish...



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