Jazz Piano Basics | Vol. 1: Lead Sheet Breakdown

Want to be confident joining the jam session? Adam Maness breaks down the leadsheet, helping you bring the music to life.

Learn the RIGHT way to play from a lead sheet.

In this tutorial, Adam Maness takes you through his simple, 4-step process for learning jazz standards from a lead sheet.

You’ll go from a first reading of the basic elements to “making it your own” in no time, learning the melody, root movement, and form the RIGHT way over 3 popular standards: “Autumn Leaves”, “Summertime”, and “Over the Rainbow.”

After completing this course you’ll be able to…

  • Play original solo-piano interpretations of famous jazz standards
  • Add counter melodies, inside movers, and basslines to your performance
  • Create great sounding arrangements on the page and on the stage
  • Customize and reharmonize your lead sheets to make them your own
  • LEVEL 3
  • 8 videos
  • 1 hour
  • Living Notation
  • Subtitles: English

Meet Your Instructor

As Open Studio’s Creative Director, Adam Maness develops the curriculum of all of the courses, in addition to teaching his own popular course like Magic Voicing SystemPiano Fingering Independence and more.

Adam is a versatile pianist, arranger, composer, and producer whose performances, original compositions, and arrangements have been featured on numerous recordings and on national and international radio and television broadcasts. He is best known as co-founder and composer for the genre-bending chamber ensemble, The 442s.

Course Contents

Start Here

  • Introduction


  • 1. Let's Get Started
  • 2. Basic Interpretation
  • 3. Adding Counter Melodies
  • 4. Making It Your Own
  • 5a. "Autumn Leaves"
  • 5b. "Summertime"
  • 5c. "Over the Rainbow"