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Donald Fagen Concepts for Jazz/Rock Piano

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    Chapter 1

    After a dual piano intro jam, Donald and Warren introduce what they will be covering in this tutorial and Donald goes over how, as a songwriter, he comes up with different parts using the blues structure and expanding from there.

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    Chapter 2

    Here, a basic 12 bar blues structure is played with interesting harmonies added to help form the overall sound.

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    Chapter 3

    Donald uses the song “Peg” to showcase how to play the blues using a major sound

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    Chapter 4

    The guys go over using bass lines to enhance different blues chords and then perform and analyse “Josie.”

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    Chapter 5

    The song “On the Dunes” is played as an example of a type of blues with lots of movement.

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    Chapter 6

    In this last video, Donald plays and breaks down a song that ventures away from the traditional blues structure.

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In this vintage video from Homespun, you'll get rare insight into the musical thinking of one of the most influential songwriters and arrangers in modern American popular music.

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen reveals how traditional twelve-bar blues and R&B structures can be the basis for unique and sophisticated compositions.

Along with jazz pianist Warren Bernhardt, Donald breaks down the keyboard arrangements to three great Steely Dan hits penned with long-time partner Walter Becker - Chain Lightning, Josie, and Peg, as well as solo works On The Dunes and Tea House On The Tracks.

Play along with Donald and Warren as they take you through the grooves, chord changes and riffs that define these unique songs. Starting with straight-ahead blues ideas, they trace the development of each piece by altering the bass lines and chord voicings and explore the harmonic and rhythmic characteristics that give each tune its singular structure.

Sharing his vast experience in popular music, Donald Fagen provides you with powerful tools to enhance your own playing, writing and arranging, giving you insights into the songs and musical ideas that inspired a generation of musicians.


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JT#Jon
Submitted 1 year ago

Agree with musicmanboy - no training

It was ok to watch, but more of an "here is a song I wrote and how it goes" and no real training or immediately applicable concepts were shared.


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arshadali
Submitted 2 years ago

good

it was good

I am a: Student, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools


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Cool Breeze 711
Submitted 2 years ago

Above And Beyond

What a blessing to see, and hear a master at work.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools


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steve2k2
Submitted 2 years ago

Absolutely wonderful

I was here before, but I came back in to finish the whole set. This is stunning, thank you so much - please more like this. Big Steely Dan / Donald Fagan fan...Great learning session for me. Thank you very much.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Cakewalk Sonar, Pro Tools


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musicmanboy
Submitted 2 years ago

okay to watch - not much training

didn't learn much of anything watching - wouldn't consider this a " tutorial" video

I am a: Musician


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MojoT
Submitted 2 years ago

Donald Fagen Concepts for Jazz/Rock Piano

A useful insight into an interesting jazz chord approach and compositional structure, not only for keyboards but other instruments as well. Even though way above my skill level, I found this inspiring and educational. Great for anyone interested in jazz rock styles and music generally.


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Sounds Mint
Submitted 2 years ago

insightful

Interesting to look into the world of highly accomplished jazz pianist, I didn't understand so much, barely being able to play a few chords myself, though I thoroughly enjoyed it none the-less.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools


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JT#Jon
Submitted 1 year ago

Agree with musicmanboy - no training

It was ok to watch, but more of an "here is a song I wrote and how it goes" and no real training or immediately applicable concepts were shared.

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arshadali
Submitted 2 years ago

good

it was good

I am a: Student, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

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Cool Breeze 711
Submitted 2 years ago

Above And Beyond

What a blessing to see, and hear a master at work.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

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steve2k2
Submitted 2 years ago

Absolutely wonderful

I was here before, but I came back in to finish the whole set. This is stunning, thank you so much - please more like this. Big Steely Dan / Donald Fagan fan...Great learning session for me. Thank you very much.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Cakewalk Sonar, Pro Tools

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musicmanboy
Submitted 2 years ago

okay to watch - not much training

didn't learn much of anything watching - wouldn't consider this a " tutorial" video

I am a: Musician

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MojoT
Submitted 2 years ago

Donald Fagen Concepts for Jazz/Rock Piano

A useful insight into an interesting jazz chord approach and compositional structure, not only for keyboards but other instruments as well. Even though way above my skill level, I found this inspiring and educational. Great for anyone interested in jazz rock styles and music generally.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Sounds Mint
Submitted 2 years ago

insightful

Interesting to look into the world of highly accomplished jazz pianist, I didn't understand so much, barely being able to play a few chords myself, though I thoroughly enjoyed it none the-less.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
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Donald Fagen was one of the two masterminds behind Steely Dan, the seminal jazz-pop band of the '70s. Fagen's solo work has been a continuation of the band's work of the early '80s, carefully constructed and arranged, intricately detailed pop songs that are more substantial than their stylish surface may indicate.

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Donald Fagen Concepts for Jazz/Rock Piano is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 7 .
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Agree with musicmanboy - no training It was ok to watch, but more of an "here is a song I wrote and how it goes" and no real training or immediately applicable concepts were shared.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from good it was good
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Above And Beyond What a blessing to see, and hear a master at work.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Absolutely wonderful I was here before, but I came back in to finish the whole set. This is stunning, thank you so much - please more like this. Big Steely Dan / Donald Fagan fan...Great learning session for me. Thank you very much.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from okay to watch - not much training didn't learn much of anything watching - wouldn't consider this a " tutorial" video
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Donald Fagen Concepts for Jazz/Rock Piano A useful insight into an interesting jazz chord approach and compositional structure, not only for keyboards but other instruments as well. Even though way above my skill level, I found this inspiring and educational. Great for anyone interested in jazz rock styles and music generally.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from insightful Interesting to look into the world of highly accomplished jazz pianist, I didn't understand so much, barely being able to play a few chords myself, though I thoroughly enjoyed it none the-less.
Date published: 2017-04-08
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