Category Archives: Jazz Piano Lessons

Some Trumpet Practicing Guidelines From Another Discipline

Alex (one of my high school students who has been mentioned in this blog before), recently had to miss his weekly lesson in order to attend a summer camp.  This particular one was held by the Civilian Marksmanship Program, and … Continue reading

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Mapping Out a New Jazz Tune

What kinds of things do you do to learn a new jazz tune?  Of course we learn the melody, but if you are planning to improvise on the tune and it’s chord changes, your work has only just begun.  I … Continue reading

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Rhythmic Scales

Jazz is one of the many languages of the musical world, and those who wish to speak it in a spontaneous way must be familiar with its vocabulary and grammar.  Complete command  of all the scales and chords that are the … Continue reading

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Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma”…a New Reharmonization

When you say the name, “Dizzy Gillespie,” many people think of the iconic trumpet player with the puffy cheeks, his crazy looking trumpet with the upswept bell, and the comedic personality…playing flurries of notes at lightning speed, all while soaring … Continue reading

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Reharmonization and Arrangement: I Remember You

Only the first page is shown with the jpeg file below.  For the entire four page PDF of this reharmonization, click here: I Remember You  Keep reading below for commentary on the tune and arrangement. I’ve always liked the tune, “I … Continue reading

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2013-2014 Colorado All State Band and All State Jazz Band Auditions

All of the information for the 2013-2014 Colorado All State Band and All State Jazz Band is now available on line.  Here in one place are all the links for trumpet and jazz piano players (and more), along with some supporting … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Dark Side of Success

The world constantly presents us with challenges.  Sometimes we find their solutions quite readily, or we may struggle with a problem for years.  And other times we might just give up, or even ignore the dilemma altogether.  Finding a successful … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Motivic Cells

Motivic cells are a great way of adding structure and continuity to a composition or improvised solo, and to help avoid some of the cliches that spring from arpeggio or scale based patterns (for more info, click on the links … Continue reading

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The Importance of Having a Mentor in Music

Today the internet has put an incredible amount of information at our fingertips (and also a vast amount of misinformation).  If you want to know more about any subject, or just an answer to a single question, you Google it. … Continue reading

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Reharmonization: The Girl from Ipanema

This beautiful bossa nova led the way for the greater influx and influence of Brazilian music into the world of jazz (on the left are pictures of the composer’s original manuscript, and the original girl from Ipanema, Helo Pinheiro).  I … Continue reading

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