What will you learn?
- How to understand and play jazz chords.
- Learn a variety of scales, patterns and exercises that you can use in piano improvisation and soloing.
- Chord voicings - Chords Extentions, 7-3 Chord Voicings, Rootless Chords, Quartal Harmony etc.
- Learn about comping on piano using a selection different rhythms.
- How to solo and improvise piano over the top of the classic II-V-I chord progression.
- Walking bass lines.
- Learn how to apply your new knowledge using excerpts from Jazz classic such as Autumn Leaves (Bill Evans), Fly Me to the Moon, Cantaloupe Island (Herbie Hancock) and So What (Miles Davis).
Who is course for?
- Unlike the majority of other jazz courses out there, this is suitable for complete beginners on the piano.
- It's also suitable for anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of jazz piano.
- People who want to be able to improvise and have fun playing jazz without it being too theory heavy.
Jazz Piano - The Ultimate Beginners Course will get you playing some cool jazz sounds in no time at all!
Most methods of learning Jazz piano don't cater for beginners. This course takes a fresh look at learning jazz by following simple steps that anyone can use.
It starts with the basics, and so you don't need any previous knowledge on the to be able to follow along. Even if you have learnt piano previously but would be considered a beginner in Jazz, this course is also suitable, as lot's of the methods throughout the course aren't taught in traditional/classical learning environments.
Want to be able to improvise Jazz on the piano?
Throughout the course you will learn specific scales and arpeggio's, and I have designed special exercises that build in difficulty as you progress, ultimately giving you the skills to be able to improvise over the top of classic jazz chord progressions.
Wouldn't it also be cool to be able to understand and play all those complicated jazzy chord symbols on lead/chord sheets?
Using simple and understandable methods, you'll learn all about jazz piano chords, chord extentions, quartal harmony, chord voicings and much more. We even take a look at some lead sheets (sometimes known as fake sheets) so you can see how you can make rich jazz piano sounds by just following chord symbols. You'll also learn about comping, exploring using different rhythms that you'll eventually be able to use with songs of your own choice.
One of the best ways to truly take on board what you are learning, is to apply it properly, and so throughout the course you will get the chance to learn excerpts from famous jazz songs such as Autumn Leaves (famously covered by Bill Evans), Fly Me to the Moon, Herbie Hancocks Cantaloupe Island and So What by Miles Davis.
I have transcribed the scales/exercises and songs into piano notation for anyone who can read music, but again you don't need to be able to read piano sheet music to take the course as I have written out the names of the notes for those who can't.
Extra help with your learning!
The course comes with supplementary material in the form of PDF's that you can download and print off to have handy at your piano or keyboard. This way it makes it easier to practise the songs/exercises etc by being able to have them up on your music stand, as well as having the lesson info/chord finding methods easily accessible so you can continue to learn jazz piano outside of the course.
So why not enroll today, and learn jazz piano the easy way?!
This course is just what I needed. I’ve been studying for just over a year, signed up for a few courses—my retirement present to me—but I wanted some music to go along with the theory. This course is helping me put the theory into practice with some great songs. Arthur Bird is a wonderful teacher, always ready to answer questions whenever I need help. Thank you!!!
I played trombone in my high school band and it was one of the greatest joys in my life, I couldn't balance work, school and music in college so guess what got the chopping block. I wasnt the same person after music left my life and I missed it like crazy. I loved jazz and improv and have always wanted to learn the piano. This isnt a success story yet but I just wanted to say how grateful I am to you. I just went through lesson 15 of your Jazz Piano cpurse and broke down I was balling my eyes out saying "I thought I lost it" "I never thought I'd get it back." Even though it was just a chord progression and a scale, it was music, you let me discover music again. For that until the day I die I will be grateful.
I'm a 66 year old Jazz Drummer from New Jersey and discovered your Jazz Intro course - always wanted to "play" around with Jazz piano and your course is perfect for me and I'm lovin' it - Thanks and very best.
Meet Your Instructor
Hi I'm Arthur, the creator of Birds Piano Academy. Want to know more about who you'll be learning from? Well read on.
I've been playing the piano now for over 20 years, and after achieving Grade 8 with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music I started touring as a session player in theatre shows all over the United Kingdom. I perfomed as a session player for many years. If you can think of a venue, I've probably played there. As well as this I have lots of experience in recording studios, and with bands have played music all over the world, around Europe and from the USA to Australia. I've been teaching Piano for 10 years, and am an approved tutor with the City of York Arts Council.
I really enjoy teaching piano in ways that make it engaging and fun, and love creating online courses to help people like yourself be the best piano player that you can possibly be!
- The Degrees of a Scale or Key (2:53)
- What Are Chords? (1:24)
- Diatonic 7th Chords (Four Part Block Chords) (4:57)
- Diatonic 7th Chords With Left Hand (2:22)
- It's Time to Play (3:14)
- What Are Major & Minor Chords? (6:08)
- The II-V-I Chord Progression (5:22)
- II-V-I Chord Progression - Left Hand Practise Play Along (2:46)
- The A Minor Pentatonic Scale (3:28)
- A Minor Pentatonic with II-V-I Chords (3:42)
- How to Use the Sustain Pedal Correctly (5:10)
- Jazzy Hand/Finger Strengthening Exercise (4:42)
- The Difference Between Major 7 Minor 7 & 7th Chords (3:10)
- How to Find any Major 7 Minor 7 or 7th Chords (4:55)
- 7 & Dominant 7 Chords (2:14)
- What is a Minor 7 Flat 5 (3:35)
- Finger Strength/Technique Exercise (Hanon) (7:29)
- Autumn Leaves - Let's Learn a Song That uses the II-V-I Chord Progression (7:36)
- Autumn Leaves - Right Hand Melody (4:31)
- Autumn Leaves - Both Hands (2:31)
- Autumn Leaves - Part 2 (5:01)
- Seven-Three Chord Voicings (5:55)
- Autumn Leaves Using the Seven-Three Chord Voicing (7:49)
- Autumn Leaves Seven-Three Chord Voicing Practise Jam (3:53)
- Autumn Leaves - Full Song (Extracurricular) (15:00)
- Playing with Both Hands - Jumping Left Hand Exercise (6:02)
- Jumping Right Hand Exercise (2:27)
- Pentatonic Hand Grips Add a Tritone - Make it the Blues (4:39)
- II-V-I Chords With D, A, E Pentatonic Hands Grips Exercise (Crushed Notes) (2:49)
- Mixing Up the Hand Grips - Avoid Notes (3:18)
- Adding Another Hand Grip - B Hand Grip (Using Notes From C Lydian Mode) (4:10)
- D, A, E & B Hand Grips with II-V-I Chords Using Swung Rhythm (4:41)
- D, A, E & B Hand Grips with II-V-I Chords - Triplet Rhythm Exercise (5:17)
- Finger Hand Strengthening Exercise - Using 3rds (6:47)
- Cantaloupe Island by Herbie Hancock (9:09)
- Cantaloupe Island - Part 2 (4:26)
- Cantaloupe Island - Part 3 (3:04)
- Cantaloupe Island - Part 1-2-3 Together (3:38)
- Extended Chords 9 11 & 13th Chords at a Glance (4:08)
- 9 & 11 Chords in Open Position (Sharpening the 11th) (1:52)
- How to Find Major 9 Chords (4:45)
- How to Find Major 11 & Major 11(#) Chords (7:03)
- How to Find Minor 11 Chords (4:17)
- How to Find Minor 9 Chords (4:17)
- How to Find 9th Chords (3:00)
- How to Find 11th Chords (3:39)
- Adding Some Spice Altered Chords (5:15)
- Minor ii-V-I Progression Using Chord Extensions (8:33)
- Quartal Harmony Chord Voicings (8:54)
- Quartal Tones - "So What" by Miles Davis - Part 1 (6:41)
- So What - Part 1 - Practise Play Along (4:05)
- So What - Quartal Tones - Part 2 (5:38)
- So What - Part 2 - Practise Play Along (3:05)
- So What - Part 1 & 2 - Practise Play Along (5:05)
- So What - Left Hand Bass Melody - Part 1 Em7 Dm7 (5:06)
- So What - Left Hand Bass Melody & Chords Together - Part 1 (2:44)
- So What - Bass Line Melody - Part 2 - Fm7 & Ebm7 (3:15)
- So What - Left Hand Bass Melody & Chords Together - Part 2 (1:03)
- Jazz Form & So What - All Together (5:09)
- The Tritone Hand Grips In Practise (3:58)
- Pentatonic Hand Grips - Creating Tension Using Tritones (6:14)
- Adding a Root Note Underneath the Hand Grips (1:30)
- Mixing Straight & Swung Rhythms (3:19)
- Bringing It All Together with the ii-V-I Block Chords (2:44)
- Bringing it All Together with Walking Bass Line (3:21)
- Applying What You've Learnt to Solo with Autumn (7:46)
- Congratulations - You've Finished! :) (0:29)
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