Two-Handed Jazz Voicings: A Practice Guide

(find the full article on Patreon) One of the most common difficulties among jazz piano students is playing two-handed voicings.  Generally, the problem is twofold: What are the “good” voicings and how do you practice them?   There are lots of resources on jazz voicings. With a little bit a research, it’s not difficult to discover a […]

Bud Powell Solo Piano Transcriptions

Five tunes by Bud Powell! Lead sheets and solo piano transcriptions available here on Patreon.  Links go to YouTube where you can hear the originals. The Fruit Parisian Thoroughfare  Oblivion Hallucinations Dusk in Sandy  I’m confident these are 99.9% accurate, but undoubtedly, there are typos, and corrections will need to be made.  Please let me […]

Jazz Counterpoint – Improvising Melody & Bass at the Piano

When musicians think about counterpoint, most likely they think about traditional fugues and “Bach” counterpoint.  In some cases, they may also think about renaissance counterpoint, species writing and the music of Palestrina.  When you listen to improvising pianists like Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, and Egberto Gismonti, you will hear lots of interesting hand independence and a […]

Piano Transcription & Deep Analysis – Sugar Ray by Phineas Newborn Jr.

I thought I’d take a break from the grind of writing about hand independence and transcribe something instead. In my own practice, I revisited this tune by Phineas Newborn Jr. called Sugar Ray.  I encourage students to learn it because the melody has a very specific piano/band arrangement, it covers a good spatial range at the piano, […]

Idiomatic Gestures, the Economy of Motion and Jazz Piano Improvisation

Idiomatic Gestures, the Economy of Motion and Jazz Piano Improvisation The Chromatic Scale and Anchor Points A Scale for Ascending — Idiomatic Gestures, the Economy of Motion and Jazz Piano Improvisation Before I get into the exercises, I’d like to share a few (incomplete) thoughts and observations that I’ve had over the last few years. […]

Working with Record Labels – MYRIAD3

Thanks to all of the UofT students and faculty who attended our masterclass last Friday. If you’d like to stay informed about upcoming Myriad3 gigs and noteworthy news, please sign up for our mailing list. Some free downloads are included. Sign up here. One question in particular warranted a longer response, so as promised, below […]