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A New Jazz Accompaniment Style For You

It's not really NEW, but it might be new to YOU. A contemporary rhythmic addition to your playing; the all-syncopated straight 8th style which originates from the Brazilian Polka style of guitar playing. Have fun with it and let me know if it was helpful to you!

Accompanying Yourself Playlist (Intro)

Accompanying Yourself Playlist (Intro)

Ever wish you could play piano while you sing? Maybe you wish you could play for your students or other vocalists, or instrumentalists. In this series, I teach you all of the important steps to start to be REALLY good at it! Walking bass lines, voicings, rhythms, styles...it's all right here.

Aimee and Louis: Everyone Can Harmonize (Part 3)

Aimee and Louis: Everyone Can Harmonize (Part 3)

In this third episode, my son, Louis helps me show how to find the third or the "mi" to start recognizing where to begin making up your own harmony. Try to put yourself in his spot and predict the notes he sings before he sings them...and then we leave room for you at the end for you to sing a note on your own, in three part harmony with us!

Aimee Nolte Music

Aimee Nolte on YouTube. Hundreds of videos: performaces, piano lessons, scat lessons, tutorials and much much more! Enjoy

Aimee's Bebop Series

Aimee's Bebop Series

This is a sampling of my 7 video bebop series for instrumentalists and vocalists. Using the blues, the bebop scale, classic licks from Bird and Diz, and much more, learn how to become a great bebop soloist and let's have some fun while we do it!

Aimee's Top 25 Jazz Standards To Know

Aimee's Top 25 Jazz Standards To Know

Aimee's Top 25 jazz songs to know & autograph. People often wonder which jazz tunes they should learn first. I have carefully selected 25 of the most important jazz standards, and placed them in an order that I think is good for beginners.

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Aimee's Top 25 Pop / Soul / Rock Songs

Aimee's Top 25 Pop Songs

Countless gigs, but only 25 or so requests that keep popping up over and over again. Learn these songs and keep the people happy. From Journey to Adele, Queen to Roberta Flack...these are the songs that just keep on keeping on!

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All The Things You Are: Jazz Improvisation Lesson

All The Things You Are: Jazz Improvisation Lesson

All The Things You Are: Jazz Improvisation Lesson - For instrumentalists and singers: A very detailed look at the first 8 bars of the popular standard. Discussion includes a very melodic and "ears" approach, modes to use, chord tones to aim for, bebop lines and how to create them, and rhythmic placement of lines to add an element of surprise to your solo.

Altered Dominant Chords And Scales

Altered Dominant Chords And Scales

This is my practice routine for getting altered dominant (#5, #9 chords specifically) rootless closed-voicing chords, and diminished whole-tone scales (sometimes referred to as the 7th mode of the melodic minor scale) under my fingers and in my brain. You can get such a hip sound in your playing if you understand how these notes function in each key.

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Blues Piano Lesson IN REAL LIFE

Blues Piano Lesson IN REAL LIFE

The very talented, and classically-trained Brenda Martin (professor at Point Loma) and I sat down in her San Diego studio to have a lesson recently. The first half of the lesson was spent, discussing many facets of the blues. I decided (with Brenda's permission, of course) to share it with you!

Common Intros - Lesson

Common Intros - Lesson

How to take an intro. Let's go over 4 very well-known and frequently-called intros that you can use when you're playing in your jazz combo.

Discovering Bill Evans (Part 2: Master Arranger)

Discovering Bill Evans (Part 2: Master Arranger)

Take a look at Bill Evans' solo piano recording of "People" from the Alone Again album with me as we discover the master arranger behind the beauty!

Discovering Bill Evans (Part 3: Danny Boy)

Discovering Bill Evans Part 3: Danny Boy

In this video, we pick apart Bill's 1962 recording of Danny Boy from the album Empathy that he made with Shelly Manne and Monty Budwig. We uncover some important elements of his solo piano playing, as well as some insight into his trio playing. The most important element of this recording in my opinion is the way he makes you...........wait for it.

Discovering McCoy Tyner

Discovering McCoy Tyner

Using Mr. Tyner's playing from "My Favorite Things," this video looks at what a tempered, patient, calculated player he can be, and at the same time invent timeless melodies and demonstrate amazing technical prowess. I hope this video makes you an even bigger fan than you already were! Lesson available: Discovering McCoy Tyner worksheet

Donald's Improv Lesson

Donald's Improv Lesson

This is my new friend, Donaldo who stopped by for a lesson on his trip to Los Angeles. He's visiting from Nicaragua and he's trying to learn how to build a jazz solo. I was so happy to help! If you'd like to support my channel, you can donate here: https://paypal.me/aimn

Easy Country Piano

Easy Country Piano

The easiest way I know of to teach beginning country piano playing. Impress all your rowdy friends by being able to play almost any country song while they sing along!

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Footprints For Solo Piano

Footprints for solo piano

A fairly simple arrangement of the Wayne Shorter composition, Footprints, for solo piano. This arrangement teaches block style chords, harmonizing the melody in C dorian and F dorian, as well as utilizing triadic upper extensions.
"Footprints" is a jazz standard composed by Wayne Shorter, first appearing on his 1966 album Adam's Apple. The best-known recorded version is on the 1966 Miles Davis album Miles Smiles.

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Funk Piano Tutorial: Just The Two Of Us

Funk Piano Tutorial: Just The Two Of Us

As promised, a lesson about how to lay down a good funk groove on this classic pop tune: Just The Two Of Us - a 1981 R&B single written by Bill Withers, William Salter and Ralph MacDonald, and recorded by Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers. The song originally appeared on Washington's album Winelight (1980) - This video follows my Aimee's Mini House Concert: Just The Two Of Us - a concert video from yesterday where I perform in this exact style.

Hearing Your Way Through Difficult Changes (Have You Met Miss Jones)

Hearing Difficult Changes

Hearing your way though changes on tough tunes is a real challenge, but is an integral part of developing your musicianship. Let's look at some tricks that can be used to help you hear those shifts in tonality and improve your improvising and raise your ear training to a new level.

How To Go About Learning The Bebop Language

I am answering questions from viewers in this lesson about how to go about learning to play in the bebop style. We discuss learning heads, and the advantages and disadvantage is to Charlie Parkers OmniBook. It's a little bit of philosophy and a little bit of preaching by me. :) Stick with me. I think these things are important.

How To Memorize Lyrics

How To Memorize Lyrics

Using one of the most lyrically-challenging songs I can think of, The Waters Of March (Aguas De Marco) I show you the visualization technique I use to memorize difficult lyrics. I also issue a challenge for rhythm section players and animators to submit themselves playing over my singing. MP3 and PDF for rhythm section players can be found in this page.

Send wave files or mp3 submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Follow my social media accounts for updates about the contest. It will run for a few weeks, and only the winners will be notified. If you'd like to donate to my channel, please do so here: https://paypal.me/aimn

How to play by ear

How to play by hear

If you've ever wondered how to get away from sheet music, and play by ear, this is the spot for you! Get away from that written music. It's holding you back! There's a whole world of melodies and harmonies for you discover, and they are already IN YOUR HEAD! Learn how to transfer them to your fingers.

How to practice major scales

How to practice major scales

The key to understanding music theory, lies behind your knowledge of the 12 major scales. Learn fingerings, practice methods, and little tricks to help you remember the notes as I walk you through the scales, as I learned them. A guide on how to practice major scales. By Aimee Nolte.

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Jazz Lesson On A $138,000 Bosendorfer

Jazz Lesson On A $138,000 Bosendorfer

Shot from Keyboard Concepts in Santa Monica, CA, I met up with UCLA vocal jazz major, Katie Ward to have a lesson on this 7' 4" Bösendorfer 225 that retails for $175,000 but is ON SALE for $138,000. I watched Gerald Clayton give a recital on this piano, recently and was blown away by the EXTRA 4 notes added to the bottom to make this a 92 key piano.  If you'd like to donate to support my channel, please do so here: https://paypal.me/aimn

Modes for dummies

Modes for dummies

A very very easy way of looking at the modes of the major scale. What are they? How do you play them and use them and transpose them? I do my best to answer all of these questions and a few more.

Music Is Supposed To Be Fun!

Music Is Supposed To Be Fun!

Just a little reminder to take a good look inside and remember why you are playing music...for the love of it...for the enjoyment...for the FUN!

My Baby Just Cares For SWING!

My Baby Just Cares For SWING!

Using the song, "My Baby Just Cares For Me" by Walter Donaldson, as performed by Nina Simone, we work on swinging SUPER hard by accenting and elongating the quarter note.

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Oscar Peterson Boogie Blues Piano Tutorial

From Oscar's "Boogie Blues Etudes" , live in London, 1974, we start at 2:10 and learn the walking boogie bass left hand. I found a better video of the concert than I show in the tutorial. This is it: https://youtu.be/SewFqU5SjuE

Oscar Peterson: Soulful Licks From Ronnie Scott's 1974

This video follows this one: https://youtu.be/P4pKqoj1HKI and this time we focus on the right hand! These are some amazingly soulful and bluesy lines! You're going to love it! If you'd like the worksheet, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rick Beato

Rick Beato is guitarist, a producer and an amazing teacher. Has his own studio called Black Dog Sound based in Atlanta, GA.

Summertime: How To Play With A "2 Feel"

Summertime: How To Play With A "2 Feel"

Taking the tune, Summertime, we discuss what a "2 feel" is, and how the different players of the rhythm section go about playing it, and when to use it. Also shown, is an accompaniment style for playing this tune.

The Future Of Jazz: How To Take A Neo Soul Solo

The Future Of Jazz: How To Take A Neo Soul Solo

Rob Araujo is an up and coming jazz/neo soul star and I'm so fortunate to know him! Hang out with me as we deconstruct one of the hippest solos ever and discover how Rob's bebop and Glasper roots have shaped him into the player he has become.

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Thelonius Monk - Friday The 13th - lesson

Thelonius Monk - Friday The 13th - lesson

Aimee's transcription of this Monk tune - Enjoy! Using my transcription of the Thelonius Monk composition, "Friday The 13th," we learn about the rhythmic, harmonic, melodic, and structural elements that make up his unmistakable sound.

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There Will Never Be Another You (Bebop With Limits)

There Will Never Be Another You (Bebop With Limits)

Here's a Bebop exercise over the changes of "There Will Never Be Another You" for all musicians... to enhance your creativity and build your Bebop Box of Tools by imposing a "limit," you lengthen your creativity! Enjoy and share please!

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William won a free Skype lesson

William won a free Skype lesson

This is a transcription done by a YouTube viewer, William of the blues solo I sing on the "How To Scat On F Blues" video. William won a free Skype lesson for being the first to complete it. Way to go, William!

Your Musical Penmanship

Your Musical Penmanship

Take your penmanship/notation skills to the next level by changing one little thing!

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