Jazz Piano for Beginners by Open Studio

Jazz Piano for Beginners

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Peter Martin has developed the ultimate online tutorial to get you swingin' on a blues in just a few hours with his core concepts: listen & imitate, understand the groove, swing and feel, shell voicings, basic scales, and understand how to effectively practice.

Peter's clear and engaging approach will keep you focused and entertained as he gives you all the tools and insider knowledge to immediately start applying the concepts.

What You'll Learn...

  • The fundamentals of jazz piano (swing, groove, feel, basic voicings, root movements, and the blues)
  • How to play your first blues - The PM Blues!
  • Shell voicings - the key to unlock jazz harmony
  • How to swing (and what is swing?)
  • How to play "wrong" notes, and make them sound great
  • The ONLY scale you need to start with (the 'secret' blues scale)
  • Some basic bebop, a foundation for your future improvisation 
  • How to learn new tunes
  • And much more!!

After completing this course.....

You'll be able to:
  • Play a basic 12 bar blues in C and Bb
  • Be able to swing (and know when a band is swinging!)
  • Know what to play when it's time to improvise
  • Know what to listen for, and what recordings to listen to

You'll also get:
  • Practice routines with guidelines for ongoing practice
  • Note by note transcriptions to print out, view online or follow in the workbook
  • Downloadable audio versions of all lessons for on-the-go listening and review
  • Downloadable workbook, with all resources, transcriptions, lead sheets, and more

Living Notation

Our exclusive  Living Notation technology allows you to follow Peter’s playing and demonstrations in real time with moving, interactive notation.

Workbook Included

Includes downloadable PDF version of the comprehensive 126-page workbook that is the perfect supplement to the course. Spiral bound version is available for purchase.

Meet Your Teacher

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.

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Featured in The New York Times

"My favorite teacher was a pianist from St. Louis named Peter Martin, a virtuosic player regarded in jazz circles as one of the finest pianists in the world."
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Applause from our Members

"Peter Martin is simply the best teacher I have had to learn jazz."
Dwight A. (USA)
"The course is well organized and each chapter is progressive - one step at a time! I have been practicing and already I am starting to get it."
Barbara A. (USA)
"Just going through a few of the lessons in depth has helped my jazz piano study immensely. It makes you want to practice more. "
Charles V. (USA)

What's included?

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Jazz Piano for Beginners: course contents

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Welcome to Jazz Piano for Beginners!
2 mins
Workbook
7.49 MB
The Open Studio Practice Journal
1 min
How to Use Living Notation
Part 1 - Let's Get Playing!
Introduction to Jazz Piano 🎼
PM Blues: C Blues 🎼
PM Blues: Improv 🎼
Shell Voicings: Intro to Chords 🎼
Practice Session #1
Part 1 - Let's Get Playing: Quiz
Part 2 - Essential Elements
How to Swing and What Is Swing?
Listening
Concepts For Playing "Wrong" Notes 🎼
Practice Session #2
Scales 🎼
Elements of Improv 🎼
The 2-5-1 🎼
Practice Session #3
Part 2 - Essential Elements: Quiz
Part 3 - Blues, Bebop, and Ballads
Bb Blues: "Blue Monk" 🎼
"Blue Monk" Solo 🎼
Practice Session #4
Basic Ear Training 🎼
Bebop 🎼
Basic Bebop Improvisation 🎼
Ballad Basics 🎼
Practice Session #5
Part 3 - Blues, Bebop, and Ballads: Quiz
Part 4 - Master the Fundamentals
Basic Jazz Theory 🎼
Voicings 🎼
Practice Session #6
Modes Primer 🎼
Bassline Primer 🎼
Practice Session #7
Part 4 - Master the Fundamentals: Quiz
Part 5 - Always Be Learning
How to Learn New Tunes 🎼
How to Learn a Solo 🎼
Piano Vocabulary
Resources
Transcriptions
Leadsheets & Worksheets
Living Notation Tips
Audio Versions of Lessons
Introduction to Jazz Piano
15 mins
C Blues: "PM Blues"
31 mins
"PM Blues" Improvisation
20 mins
Shell Voicings: Intro to Chords
7 mins
How to Swing and What is Swing?
13 mins
Listening
10 mins
Concepts for Playing "Wrong" Notes
11 mins
Scales
13 mins
Elements of Improv
12 mins
The 2-5-1
13 mins
Bb Blues: "Blue Monk"
9 mins
"Blue Monk" Solo
12 mins
Basic Ear Training
11 mins
Bebop
17 mins
Basic Bebop Improvisation
13 mins
Ballad Basics
16 mins
Basic Jazz Theory
12 mins
Voicings
16 mins
Modes Primer
10 mins
Bass Line Primer
10 mins
How to Learn New Tunes
13 mins
How to Learn a Solo
10 mins
Piano Vocabulary
10 mins
Simple Player Versions
Introduction to Jazz Piano
15 mins
PM Blues: C Blues
31 mins
PM Blues: Improv
20 mins
Shell Voicings: Intro to Chords
7 mins
How to Swing and What is Swing?
13 mins
Listening
10 mins
Concepts For Playing "Wrong" Notes
11 mins
Scales
13 mins
Elements of Improv
12 mins
The 2-5-1
13 mins
Bb Blues: "Blue Monk"
9 mins
"Blue Monk" Solo
12 mins
Basic Ear Training
11 mins
Bebop
17 mins
Basic Bebop Improvisation
13 mins
Ballad Basics
16 mins
Basic Jazz Theory
12 mins
Voicings
16 mins
Modes Primer
10 mins
Bassline Primer
10 mins
How to Learn New Tunes
13 mins
How to Learn a Solo
10 mins
Piano Vocabulary
10 mins

FAQs

Is this course right for me?

Jazz Piano for Beginners is perfect for you if you:
  • can play a little piano but want to learn jazz piano
  • want to learn the basics of improvisation
  • want to learn basic jazz tunes that you can play with other musicians
  • want to start improvising and accompanying yourself right away
  • want a progressive, step-by-step course that builds on fundamentals

What if it's too basic for me?

No problem! We have intermediate and advanced courses as well, and we'll happily switch you if needed. We also have a  full satisfaction guarantee with easy refund if you're not happy with the course.

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