Piano Tutorial

Learn to Play Jazz Piano Standards

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8 Videos | Length: 1hr 37min 41sec
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  • Chapter 1 16:36

    Chapter 1

    Andy welcomes you to the series and talks about what he'll be covering in this series. Andy starts with "Just Friends", and takes a look at each part and helps you learn this tune.

  • Chapter 2 15:42

    Chapter 2

    In this video, Andy dives into teaching "Spin Doctor", one of Andy's originals.

  • Chapter 3 11:54

    Chapter 3

    Moving Forward, Andy takes a look at some tunes called "My Romance" and "How deep is the ocean".

  • Chapter 4 10:59

    Chapter 4

    Andy moves onto "Night and Day", and helps you get a good idea of how to play it in it's simplest form.

  • Chapter 5 2:29

    Chapter 5

    Moving forward, Andy teaches you "Night and Day", with some slight differences from the original.

  • Chapter 6 19:40

    Chapter 6

    In this video, Andy teaches you "Body and Soul", and helps you remember the different movements.

  • Chapter 7 15:13

    Chapter 7

    This video focuses on "Like Someone In Love". Andy takes a look at the different parts of the tune.

  • Chapter 8 5:08

    Chapter 8

    Andy signs out with one final song for the road.

Product Overview

In this vintage Homespun series, Andy LaVerne explores six familiar jazz standards, illustrating chord changes, voicings, embellishments, and improvisational ideas!

He first teaches a basic version of each song, and then moves into a more complex rendition while recording it on the Yamaha Disklavier.

He plays the disk back at half-speed, giving a detailed explanation of the music as the piano keys move up and down on their own. Since his fingers are not on the keys, you can see every note played as the key is depressed.

Andy then dissects the tune harmonically, reforming the chordal structure while keeping the original melody. This reharmonization opens up the creative potential of chord voicings.

Finally, Andy composes a fresh melody over the original chord structure to create a new song. You’ll soon be playing and improvising these jazz standards: “Just Friends,” “My Romance,” “How Deep Is the Ocean,” “Night and Day,” “Body and Soul,” and “Like Someone in Love.”

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