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'I'm In The Mood For Love' - solo jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is another ballad - very simple to play. In this I have used some alternative voicings often using 'upper structures'. For piano harmony, they are useful to create two handed voicings with the Left hand playing the 'functional' notes of the chord, (the root, 3rd and 7th) and the Right hand adding the colour - with natural or altered 9ths, 11ths or 13ths. These Right hand notes added often turn out to be a triad of some sort. There are lots of possibilities using these - I have highlighted some of these as the video plays. I will put it on my DVD, and the printable transcription can be bought for just $1.20. http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /DVDbuy.htm#tra nscriptions The video, and midi file are free to download on my website at http://www.bush grafts.com

'Just In Time' - solo jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'Just In Time - solo jazz piano tutorial. This is an improvised piano solo - with full transcription, annotations, and clear view of the notes being played. The song was improvised in real time from a basic leadsheet. Quite a few people think that I am reading the transcription - that came later after recording the video. It is derived from the midi file that was recorded while filming. While it is not 100% accurate, it enables me to complete these transcriptions much quicker than if just transcribing from the audio. The main problem with the software I use is that it only allows one separate part or voice per clef. Also grace notes cannot be shown. I will put the video and midi file on my website - http://www.bush grafts.com - and the printable transcription (as seen on the video) will be put on my DVD - and is also available separately. Details are on my website.

'Do You Know What It MeansTo Miss New Orleans' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is another favourite of solo piano players, being played in a more or less 'stride' style. The main purpose of these tutorial videos is to provide other piano players with some ideas, with explanations of the thinking behind them. I guess that the whole transcription though, can be played as a piano solo. This was improvised from a basic lead sheet, so is not a play through of a fully prepared arrangement. The notation came later, derived from the midi file that was recorded as I recorded the video. The video and the midi file can be downloaded (free of charge) from my website. I will put the full printable transcription on my DVD, and is available for purchase from my website ($1.20) http://www.bush grafts.com

'People' - Jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'People' - Jazz piano tutorial. My favourite jazz piano treatment is the Bill Evans solo version on his 'Alone' album. He plays it in 2 keys - the written key (Bb) and also up (or down) a tritone to E Major. In this, my modulation is an easier to manage 2nd chorus played up a whole tone to C Major! I will put it on my DVD, and the printable transcription can be bought for just $1.20. http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /DVDbuy.htm#tra nscriptions The video, and midi file are free to download on my website at http://www.bush grafts.com

'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 Denmark, the song has become a Christmas song, often referring to the Star of Bethlehem. In Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway the song is played on television every Christmas Eve in the traditional Disney one-hour Christmas cabaret, and the gathering of the entire family to watch this is considered a Scandinavian tradition. It has been a favourite of many jazz pianists, including Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett and many others. The version that I best remember was on Dave Brubeck's 'Dave Digs Disney' LP, it being the very first Long playing record (only available in mono) that I bought as a teenager in 1958. The video and the midi file of the piano solo are free to download from my website - http://www.bush grafts.com and the printable transcription is on my DVD and can be bought ($1.20) as a separate package (details on the website)

'A Child Is Born' (Thad Jones) - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  I have just completed a one chorus play-through of this song which I posted today on the great site 'Jam of the Week' on Facebook (https://www.fa cebook.com/grou ps/jamoftheweek group/ I have been looking for an excuse to play this great Thad Jones song - not sure of its Christmas credentials, though it was played by Geri Allen on the npr Jazz piano Christmas 2012 special. I will post the video and midi file on my website http://www.bush grafts.com. and add the transcription to my DVD. The transcription is also at http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /DVDbuy.htm#tra nscriptions

'One Foot In The Gutter' (Clarke Terry) - Jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is another quick one chorus song that I did today for the Facebook group 'Jam of the Week' ( #JOTW ). I thought that I would add the transcription and a...

'There's A Small Hotel' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'There's A Small Hotel' - jazz piano tutorial. This is another solo piano tutorial with scrolling notation and detailed annotations. The song was played in f...

'Old Folks' - New updated Jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'Old Folks - jazz piano lesson. This is a re-working of a version I posted on youtube 7 years ago! I am taking advantage of the improved quality available no...

'Autumn In New York' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is the second go at this classic! I did another several years ago on my Kawai baby Grand https://www.you tube.com/watch? v=BYrJlehm5hE - but couldn't do m...

'If I Loved You' - solo jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'If I Loved You'- solo jazz piano lesson. Wonderful tune from Carousel - lots of jazz pianists have played it - my favourite is Fred Hersch on his Maybeck Ha...

'Tenderly' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'Tenderly' - jazz piano tutorial. This is one of the best known, and often played of the jazz piano ballads. I played it in the usual key of Eb, and have com...

'Alone Together' (Version 2)

Add to EJ Playlist  This is another quick one chorus version that I did for the Facebook group 'Jam of the Week' ( #JOTW ). I have also done a much more detailed and lengthy ver...

'The Thrill Is Gone' - Michelle Benjamin with Doug McKenzie

Add to EJ Playlist  'The Thrill Is Gone' (Lew Brown and Ray Henderson) - Michelle Benjamin with Doug McKenzie. We tried some new songs recently in an afternoon home recording se...

'The Folks Who Live on The Hill' Michelle Benjamin with Doug McKenzie

Add to EJ Playlist  'The Folks Who Live on The Hill' Michelle Benjamin with Doug McKenzie We tried some new songs recently in an afternoon home recording session. I have always ...

"Close Enough For Love' Michelle Benjamin with Doug McKenzie

Add to EJ Playlist  Michelle Benjamin with Doug McKenzie. We tried some new songs recently in an afternoon home recording session. I created a backing track using Band in a Box ...

'September In The Rain'

Add to EJ Playlist  I did this quick one-chorus version of 'September In The Rain' for the great Facebook channel #JOTW (Jam of the Week). https://www.fac ebook.com/hasht ag/jotw?...

'Let's Fall In Love' - Jazz piano Tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'Let's Fall In Love' - Jazz piano Tutorial. To see the notation and comments clearly, watch it in HD mode. Another great standard - this one by Harold Arlen....

'I Get a Kick Out Of You' - Jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'I Get a Kick Out Of You' - Jazz piano tutorial. This is a fairly simple to play version. It is in 3/4 instead of 4/4, and I have borrowed some harmonic idea...

'The Heather On The Hill' - Jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is another great ballad by Lerner and Loewe from 'Brigadoon' I played the first chorus as solo piano, then for the second half I created a backing track...

'Falling In Love With Love' (Rodgers and Hart) - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  One of the great songs by Rodgers and Hart. Most play this in Bb, but I played this from a basic leadsheet in F, which is a more comfortable key for most fem...

'Nature Boy' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is a tutorial on a jazz approach to the great song by Eden Ahbez, with some alternative harmonies to try. The basic leadsheet I used was from Sher Music...

'Nobody Does It Better' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'Nobody Does It Better'. the theme from the James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me'. This is in a slightly different style from my usual. I heard a solo versi...

'I'm Confessin' That I Love You'- jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  I have just completed a one chorus play-through of this song which I posted yesterday on the great site 'Jam of the Week' on Facebook (https://www.fa cebook.c...

'I'm Through With Love' - Jazz piano Tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'I'm Through With Love'. Lots of solo piano versions around. Keith Jarrett does a wonderfully simple version on his 'The Melody at Night, With You' CD. I pla...

'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 co...

'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 vide...

'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 tr...

'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 tra...

'My Foolish Heart' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is another 'upgrade' of an earlier video that has been one of my most watched piano tutorials with around 150000 hits. It was derived from a midi file ...