Language of the Masters

Analysis, transcription, and application of the greatest piano solos of all time.

Adam Maness and Peter Martin don’t just show you what these masters play, they break down how and why they played it so you can play like a master.

Transcription Isn’t Enough

You have to live and breathe a solo to really absorb the language of the masters.

Join Adam Maness and Peter Martin as they breakdown the specific improvisational techniques of 5 jazz piano masters:

  • Wynton Kelly 
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Oscar Peterson
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Chick Corea

Learn the language, what to listen for, how to break it down, and play it in context. Connect with these artists on a deeper level.

  • LEVEL 3
  • 16 videos
  • 7 hours
  • Guided Practice Sessions
  • Subtitles: English

Meet Your Instructor

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 co-hosts the acclaimed music podcast “You’ll Hear It” with Adam Maness.

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

  • Welcome from Adam and Peter

Wynton Kelly – "No Blues"

  • Watch & Listen to the Solo
  • Breakdown – "No Blues"
  • GPS – Solo Study – "No Blues"
  • GPS – Lydian Altered

Thelonious Monk – "Bag's Groove"

  • Watch & Listen to the Solo
  • Breakdown – "Bag's Groove"
  • GPS – Solo Study – "Bag's Groove"

Oscar Peterson – "C Jam Blues"

  • Watch & Listen to the Full Performance
  • Breakdown – "C Jam Blues"
  • GPS – Solo Study – "C Jam Blues"
  • GPS – Bluesy Double Stops

Chick Corea – "Matrix"

  • Watch & Listen to the Solo
  • Breakdown – "Matrix"
  • GPS – Solo Study – "Matrix"
  • GPS – Chick's Amazing Chorus

Herbie Hancock – "The Eye of the Hurricane"

  • Watch & Listen to the Solo
  • Breakdown – "The Eye of the Hurricane"
  • GPS – Solo Study – "The Eye of the Hurricane"

Combination Study

  • GPS – 2-5-1's
  • GPS – Left Hand Voicings

Full Living Notation Versions

  • "No Blues" – Wynton Kelly
  • "Bag's Groove" – Thelonious Monk
  • "C-Jam Blues" – Oscar Peterson
  • "Matrix" – Chick Corea
  • "The Eye Of The Hurricane" – Herbie Hancock