Jazz Piano 2020 Bootcamp

Kick your playing into high gear in the New Year!

Week One...

Beginner

Practice Focus
Watch, practice, and absorb the Main Lesson. Check out the Step Back lesson if you need a refresher, and the Deeper Dive lesson if you're itching for more. 
Live Bootcamp Session

Intermediate

Practice Focus
Watch, practice, and absorb the Main Lesson. Check out the Step Back lesson if you need a refresher, and the Deeper Dive lesson if you're itching for more. 
Live Bootcamp Session

Advanced

Practice Focus
Watch, practice, and absorb the Main Lesson. Check out the Step Back lesson if you need a refresher, and the Deeper Dive lesson if you're itching for more. 
Live Bootcamp Session

Week Two...

Beginner

Practice Focus
Root & Shell Voicings -  Major 7th, Dominant 7th, and Minor 7th chords around the Circle of 4ths, use Play-Alongs.
Live Bootcamp Session

Intermediate

Practice Focus
Root & Shell + 1 / Shell + 1 / Spread Voicings – Major, Minor, & Dominant – through the circle of 4ths.
Root & Shell + 1 / Shell + 1 / Spread Voicings over 2-5-1's, use Play-Along.
Live Bootcamp Session

Advanced

Practice Focus
Transcribe Wynton Kelly’s solo on “Freddie Freeloader” from Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue album. Don’t feel like you have to get the whole thing; 4 bars, 8 bars, 1 chorus, 2 choruses... it’s all good!
Live Bootcamp Session

Week Three...

Beginner

Practice Focus
Practice with Adam using the four Guided Practice Sessions on "The Iconic Form" from Jazz Piano Jump-Start.
Live Bootcamp Session

Intermediate

Practice Focus
Learn two new tunes from a lead sheet or recording, and practice the three levels of basic interpretation from last week's lesson.

Live Bootcamp Session

Advanced

Practice Focus
Watch and absorb Week 3's lesson, “The Blues,” from Rhythm Section Fundamentals. Practice basic blues in all 12 keys.

Live Bootcamp Session

Week Four...

Beginner

Practice Focus
Learn a simple drum solo by ear until you’re able to sing it back. Take the drum solo to the piano and use just 2 or 3 notes to play it. Keep singing the full solo and start taking away notes that you play on the piano so you’re eventually playing 50% of the rhythms you’re singing.

Live Bootcamp Session

Intermediate

Practice Focus
Pick two new (to you) bossa nova standards (something by Jobim is perfect) and practice playing LH root, RH shell using the 7 basic rhythms as taught by Helio Alves.

Live Bootcamp Session

Advanced

Practice Focus
Spend time watching and absorbing Geoffrey Keezer's “Taking it Out” lessons from Keez to Jazz Piano.

Live Bootcamp Session


Peter Martin

Peter Martin is an acclaimed jazz pianist, educator, and founder of Open Studio. Peter has performed and recorded on six continents with Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Betty Carter, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman as well as his own ensembles. He has recorded over 400 lessons, pioneering the field of online jazz education and was recently featured in the New York Times for his ground breaking work.

Peter's Open Studio courses include: Jazz Piano Jump-Start, Jazz Piano for Beginners, Elements of Jazz Piano, Jazz Piano Method, Rhythm Section Fundamentals

Adam Maness

Adam Maness is the Creative Director at Open Studio, charged with developing all of the courses at Open Studio. Adam attended the New School University and is an accomplished classical and jazz composer and pianist. He also performs in his own bands, the Adam Maness Trio and the 442's.

Adam's Open Studio courses include: Jazz Piano Jump-Start, Jazz Piano Basics Vol. 1 & 2, Jazz Piano Technique, Jazz Glossary, Elements of Jazz Piano
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