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.
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!
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!
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.
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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Today, I just play...and sing. For a lesson on All The Things You Are click here. Enjoy and share please!
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!
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.
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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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!
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.
There is so much to learn before you can adequately comp - before you can successfully be the one in the band who lays down the harmony for everyone else. Whether you are a piano, organ, guitar, or vibes player in your jazz band, this video will provide an overview, but also very specific advice about how to comp - from voicings to rhythms to a deep understanding of what your purpose is as a chord instrument.
Are you tired of using your same old blues improv ideas? Take your ideas to the next level by adding a lick taken from the diminished scale to your playing.
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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!
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.
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
I wish it wasn't so, but so many artists have had their dreams squashed by the very people who should have been their biggest supporters...their families. This is what I think about that.
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
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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In this video, we delve deep into how to figure out more complex chords to songs by taking educated guesses, using our ears to hear bass notes, singing inner voices, and drawing on our musicianship and knowledge!
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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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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. Se also What Do You Think About When You Improvise
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.
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Let's look at this killer sixteenth note blues lick that I transcribed from Dizzy Gillespie and how I went about teaching myself to use it everywhere possible as I work on my jazz improv.
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.
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.
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.
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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The best way to learn to scat, is to copy somebody else. It can be difficult to figure out syllables and phrasing, but if you have someone to imitate, it gets easier.
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Come hang out and practice so many ii V I ideas with me. Listen and then sing back what you heard. At the end, there is a chance to sing while I play for you. Make sure and watch the other parts of the tutorial before this one and have fun!
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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
A great way to learn the jazz language and build your repertoire as you go.
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Learn to play this classic jazz standard in the stride piano style for yourself, or for someone else, in the key of G minor.
Sometimes I like to limit myself in my practice. Here is an example about how only practicing triplets can expand your thinking and your hearing and your plane.
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#AimeeSaysUseYourEars - 23 min free piano lesson - Once you can figure out simple chords to songs by ear, how do you make them sound like music? Video #2 in the Back To Basics Playlist. Video recorded using: Earthworks SV33 , Earthworks PM40, AKG P220, 5'3 Hallet Davis Baby Grand, Panasonic Lumix G85
Jazz Piano: 2nd Step - 3rds, 7s, And Melody On Misty - This video follows "Jazz Piano: WHERE TO START (ii V7 Is with 3rds & 7s)" and shows you how to apply what you learned about roots, 3rds and 7s to the jazz standard, Misty.
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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.
How to accompany yourself or a soloist on this Van Morrison classic.
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!
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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Voicing simple 7th chords in every key is something all jazz pianists (and pianists who play from lead sheets in general) should be able to do. Without getting too fancy with 9ths and 13ths and altered tones, I'd like to help you be able to simply voice all major, minor, dominant and half diminished chords simply and beautifully with this very musical exercise.
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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
Here is a complete guide to the piano tutorials on my YouTube channel. I have organized them into playlists and made a PDF, listing everything for you! I hope this helps you navigate through all of my videos. Thank you for being subscriber and congrats on starting your journey in jazz piano!
Each day for 30 days, I released a new “piano yoga” video in the hopes that we can explore key areas of music theory and get to know the piano better together.
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We talk about 251 licks, and blues licks, and bebop licks, but so far, we have yet to discuss the 1. Using small transcriptions of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Keith Jarrett, and Sonny Rollins, and playing along to my Green Dolphin Street backing track, we get to the bottom of this mystery.
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Using major triads as upper extensions and "planing" can give your piano playing a wonderful new sound! Let's talk about how to do it and ways to use it!
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