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The Cheat Sheet for Programming Jazz Piano

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  • The Cheat Sheet 4:53

    The Cheat Sheet

    Learn all about what these videos will cover, and discover the "Cheat Sheet" method that will be used throughout the series.

  • The Faster Tempo, the Less You Need to Play 8:23

    The Faster Tempo, the Less You Need to Play

    Watch as effective two note voicings are programmed for the left hand, followed by simple diatonic melodic lines with the right hand, for an uptempo piano solo.

  • Left Hand Voice Leading 6:31

    Left Hand Voice Leading

    Practice this simple two note voicing exercise to get familiar with basic step based voice leading while cycling through II-V-I chord progressions in all twelve keys.

  • Three Note Left Hand Voicings 7:17

    Three Note Left Hand Voicings

    Learn a couple of different ways to add a third note to use with simple left hand comping patterns.

  • Simple Minor Voicings 4:02

    Simple Minor Voicings

    Learn these two systems of three note chord voicings that will get you through left hand parts in any minor key.

  • Altering Diatonic Scales & Modes Pt. 1 10:49

    Altering Diatonic Scales & Modes Pt. 1

    Explore ways of incorporating passing tones when using the Dorian & Mixolydian modes during solos.

  • Altering Diatonic Scales & Modes Pt. 2 6:45

    Altering Diatonic Scales & Modes Pt. 2

    Discover useful altered notes to incorporate into solo lines over the tonic chord, and the VI 7 chord.

  • Arps & Neighboring Tones 8:09

    Arps & Neighboring Tones

    Explore a few ways to incorporate arpeggios and neighboring tones into your melodic lines.

  • Improvising in Minor Keys 5:39

    Improvising in Minor Keys

    Learn a simple method to incorporate the Locrian and Super Locrian modes when soloing in minor keys.

  • Don't Forget About the Blues Scale! 9:47

    Don't Forget About the Blues Scale!

    The blues scale can be used as a nice soulful accent either on its own, or mixed in with some of the other traditional scales and modes. Here we look at two ways of incorporating the blues scale into jazz soloing.

  • Modern Playing - A Modal Approach 10:52

    Modern Playing - A Modal Approach

    Explore ways of using fourth voicings in the left hand and pentatonic scales in the right hand, to fake a modern modal style of playing.

  • Putting it All Together 10:18

    Putting it All Together

    In this final video, we take the chord progression from an old jazz standard, and put together a two chorus solo incorporating elements from all the various ideas and approaches explored in this series.

Product Overview


Eli Krantzberg slips you the cheat sheet for programming realistic jazz piano parts for your songs and productions. Don't have jazz chops? No problem, Eli shows you how to work around all that using any modern DAW!

Eli begins by going over what the series will cover and then starts with a video tutorial on programming an effective uptempo piano solo with two-note voicings for the left hand, and simple diatonic melodic lines for the right hand.

You'll then explore more left hand voicings and simple minor voicings, all designed to give your productions a true jazz sounding foundation. Next it's on to altering Diatonic scales and modes, as well as discovering arpeggios and neighboring tones for creating interesting melodic lines.

Eli then gives you a simple method for authentic sounding jazz improvising in minor keys, as well as soulfully accenting up your riffs with the Blues scale. Lastly, you'll learn about taking a modern approach to Jazz piano by using a Modal concept, which incorporates voicing with 4ths, and putting it all together with everything you've learned from the series.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you want or need authentic sounding Jazz piano parts for your songs and productions, but don't have the chops to pull it off, hang with Eli and learn how to pull it off with this sneaky tutorial series... Watch "The Cheat Sheet for Programming Jazz Piano" today!


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