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'In The Still Of The Night' (Cole Porter) Jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'In The Still Of The Night' - Jazz piano tutorial. Another great song by Cole Porter. A great version by Dick Hyman on his Maybeck Hall CD was the inspiration. The video is free to download from my website http://www.bush grafts.com and the transcription will be added to my DVD(s) or can be purchased separately for $1.20

'Somewhere' - (West side Story) - Jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'Somewhere' - Jazz piano tutorial. Another great song - this one from the musical 'West Side Story' by Leonard Bernstein. It begins as solo piano played freely, and then at an easy tempo with bass and drums (courtesy of that great program 'Real Tracks' from PG Music).This was played from a standard simple lead sheet, The video and midi files are free to download on my website - http://www.bush grafts.com The printable transcription and backing track will be on my DVD, or can be bought for $1.20. Details are on my website

'Baubles, Bangles and Beads' - Jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'Baubles, Bangles and Beads' - Jazz piano tutorial. To see the notation and comments clearly, watch it in HD mode. Another great standard - this one based on a theme from classical composer Alexander Borodin, and adapted as a song in the musical Kismet. It begins as solo piano played freely, and then at an easy tempo with bass and drums (courtesy of that great program 'Real Tracks' from PG Music).This was played from a standard simple lead sheet, The video and midi files are free to download on my website - http://www.bush grafts.com The printable transcription and backing track will be on my DVD, or can be bought for $1.20. Details are on my website

'The Surrey With The Fringe On Top' - with Michelle Benjamin

Add to EJ Playlist  Another one of a batch of recordings we did recently. The piano was recorded as both audio and also as a midi file. Sorry that you can't see my hands on the actual keyboard - the virtual keyboard and notation (both derived from the midi file) are fairly accurate however! I have published another totally different approach to the song as an instrumental with bass and piano - https://www.you tube.com/watch? v=OHGzprbLIEc I will post the video and midi file on my website (http://www.bus hgrafts.com ), and a printable version of the accompaniment will be added to my DVD.

'Unforgettable' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'Unforgettable' - jazz piano tutorial. This is one of the best known, and often played of the jazz piano ballads - this one is often sung, especially at weddings! 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, could 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 http://www.bush grafts.com

'BlueMoon' - Vocal

Add to EJ Playlist  After posting the jazz piano tutorial a few days ago, I thought that I would post this totally different approach to the song from a concert we did of Rodgers/Hart/Ha mmerstein songs! I really enjoy accompanying a singer - especially one as good as Michelle! And with an excellent bass player too.

'Blue Moon' - jazz piano tutorial (advanced)

Add to EJ Playlist  I have played this old standard in the written key of E flat. It does lend itself to lots of gentle reharmonisation - adding some spice to the basic I/vi/ii/V chord scheme. I was inspired by Kenny Barron's version(s) - lots of tasteful ideas to experiment with. As usual I have added the transcription, with lots of comments. I will add this video to my DVDs along with the transcription and midi file. The video will be uploaded and available from my website - http://www.bush grafts.com

'My Little Boat' - with Michelle Benjamin - jazz piano tutorial.

Add to EJ Playlist  Another one of a batch of recordings we did recently. I used the NORD piano 2 again for accompaniment - a slightly modified version of the Rhodes patch (EP4).The piano was recorded as both audio and also as a midi file. Sorry that you can't see my hands on the actual keyboard - the virtual keyboard and notation (both derived from the midi file) are fairly accurate however! The backing track was created using 'real tracks' in PG music's 'Band in a Box' I will post the video and midi file on my website (http://www.bus hgrafts.com ), and a printable version of the accompaniment and the backing track will be added to my DVD.

'I Could Write a Book' - jazz piano tutorial - accompanying a jazz singer.

Add to EJ Playlist  Just recently we did another batch of recordings. I used the NORD piano 2 again for accompaniment - a slightly modified version of the Yamaha Studio Grand option .The piano was recorded as both audio and also as a midi file. Sorry that you can't see my hands on the actual keyboard - the virtual keyboard and notation (both derived from the midi file) are fairly accurate however! The backing track was created using 'real tracks' in PG music's 'Band in a Box' I will post the video and midi file on my website (http://www.bus hgrafts.com ), and a printable version of the accompaniment and the backing track will be added to my DVD.

'But Not For Me' Version 2 - with recorded bass

Add to EJ Playlist  I did this quick one-chorus version of 'But Not For Me' for the great Facebook channel #JOTW (Jam of the Week).https://w ww.facebook.com /groups/jamofth eweekgroup/ This time, just to be different, I pre-recorded a walking bass line, and then added the improvised piano solo. Thought that I would add a rolling transcription to the video, with some annotations. I have previously done a solo piano version of the song and published on Youtube 7 years ago. https://www.you tube.com/watch? v=rNvEzg17mQA The printable transcription with bass backing track will be added to my DVD, or could be bought from my website (http://www.bus hgrafts.com) for $1.20

'I'm Old Fashioned' - jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is the second time I have updated my original Youtube video of this - done 9 years ago! I can now take advantage of the much improved quality available now on youtube. 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

'Too Marvellous For Words' - Jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  This is another easy standard - quite 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 the video, transcription and midi file on my DVD. The 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

'Up Jumped Spring' (Freddie Hubbard) - Solo jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  A quick version of 'Up Jumped Spring' by Freddie Hubbard that I did for the great facebook site.#JamOfTheW eek. Here I have added a transcription with annotations to the video. You can download a transcription as a pdf file from:http://www .bushgrafts.com /Temp/dmck/UpJu mpedSpring.pdf

'Lullaby Of Birdland' - Jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  I did this quick one-chorus version of 'Lullaby of Birdland' for the great Facebook channel #JOTW (Jam of the Week).https://w ww.facebook.com /groups/jamofth eweekgroup/ Thought that I would add a rolling transcription to the video, with some annotations. The printable transcription will be added to my DVD, or could be bought from my website (http://www.bus hgrafts.com) for $1.20

'Oklahoma' Medley - Jazz piano tutorial

Add to EJ Playlist  'Oklahoma Medley' - 'People Will Say We're In Love' and 'Oh What a Beautiful Morning'. I have uploaded another song on youtube from the Rogers and Hammerstein Show 'Oklahoma' - 'Surrey With The Fringe on Top' - https://www.you tube.com/watch? v=OHGzprbLIEc As always, I have added comments which may be of interest to other jazz pianists. The 12 page printable transcription will be put on my DVD, or can be bought from my website for $1.20. http://www.bush grafts.com

'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.

'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

'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

'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 annotations and upload it to Youtube! I was not familiar with the song, but its chord changes are familiar - I was thinking something like Horace Silver's 'The Preacher' as I played it. I will add the video to my website, with midi file, and put the transcription on the DVD.

'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 from a leadsheet. I usually spend an hour or two playing through a song, exploring the possibilities and making myself familiar with its melodic / harmonic structure - and then make the recording. The transcription comes later, using the software to transcribe from the midi file that I record as the video is recorded. The printable transcription will be on my DVD and is also available for download. Individual transcriptions for purchase are avilable at $1.20 - http://bushgraf ts.com/jazz/DVD buy.htm#transcr iptions

'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 now on youtube, and also my improved ability to transcribe! I am now able to recast the rubato notation so that it lines up correctly in 4/4 measures. I have re-recorded the audio from the midi file - now a much better quality. Also, I have added the melody and chords from the original lead sheet that I used - perhaps to see how the improvisation relates to the original melody. Lots of jazz pianists have played this great tune - lends itself to various blues type approaches. If you really want to see how this can be played check out the Oscar Peterson solo version on Youtube. This would be difficult to play as a complete solo piano piece - I would expect instead that some of the ideas, bluesy licks etc. might be useful to adopt! At around 3:34 there is a glitch in the audio, and it skips about a second. Sorry for this! A disclaimer: Remember that these transcriptions are not 100% accurate. I go through them to get most of the treble/bass split more or less correct, but note timing and values might need slight adjustment by referring to the video. I really just intended these transcriptions as an additional source of information - along with the video, piano view, chord symbols and the added comments. I have replaced the original transcription with this much better one - it is available from my website ($1.20) http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /DVDbuy.htm#Tra nscriptions

'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 my usual thing of creating a video from the midi file. This is a separate play through - I guess there are similarities, but each is quite different as they were improvised from a simple lead sheet This one was done with my NORD piano2 which allowed me to do a transcript. I will add the pdf to my DVD, and make it available as a separate transcription - go to my website for details http://www.bush grafts.com

'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 Hall CD, I tried to keep this as simple as I could - in the key of C with no serious re-harmonisatio n or difficult to execute runs. The video can be downloaded free from my website along with the midi file that was created as I recorded it. I will add the transcription (same as the notation scrolling on the video) to my instructional DVD, and is available for purchase $1.20. Details are on my website http://www.bush grafts.com

'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 combined the first chorus in 3/4 with a second chorus in 4/4. 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, could 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 http://www.bush grafts.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 version before here on youtube: https://www.you tube.com/watch? v=OqIwIr8HwR4

'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 loved this great tune by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. This will be on my DVD, and the printable transcriptions are available from my website http://www.bush grafts.com

"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 'Real Tracks' - great for creating a quick backing by just typing in the chords. About as realistic a drum and bass simulation as can be achieved in this sort of program. I used the same backing track for a solo piano instrumental version that I have previously uploaded to youtube - https://www.you tube.com/watch? v=8Eq45QUvKpg Both versions are on my DVD, and the printable transcriptions are available from my website http://www.bush grafts.com

'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 session. This is not the song with the same name by B.B King! We based this one (by Ray Henderson and Lew Brown), on a great version by Mary Stallings - but there are other versions by Chet Baker, Julie London and others. This is on my DVD, and the printable transcriptions are available from my website http://www.bush grafts.com



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