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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!

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!

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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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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.

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

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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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 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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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!

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.

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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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!

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Aimee Nolte performs in duos, trios, and big bands as a jazz pianist and singer. Live performances

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Up Till Now - 2005
Just Us - 2010 by Aimee Nolte & Hideaki Tokunaga