I have always loved “Pure Imagination” since I was a kid. I decided to improvise over its changes for 24 minutes today (over a backing track from the ireal app) and wanted you to share it with you. My mindset was pretty much, just to try and have the melody in the back of my mind the whole time and to play what I heard over the top of it, without thinking too much about anything else except what sounds true and beautiful to me in the moment.
Sometimes, it can be really advantageous to choose a song and improvise for a long period of time, with a plan. 20 choruses is quite a bit of time to improvise, and by then end, (if you record yourself), you will learn a lot about your own improvising. You'll notice your habits, what things you need to work on, your strengths and your weaknesses, and you'll be better for it!
Another extended practice (I have a whole playlist if you're interested) session video for you! I use a backing track from the iReal Pro app (this time with "Rhodes 2", accoustic bass and very little reverb - and try to develop my ideas as I play 25 choruses! I hope you enjoy it!
When you see a 251 chord progression, realize that you don't have to play it as written. There are options. Let me show you a few of my favorites!
Live chat with Aimee Nolte. 7/22/2017 Performing Impressions [John Coltrane] on piano and scat singing.
I know I preach a lot of information about improvisation. I'm not sure that I follow it all in this performance of Harold Arlen's "Let's Fall In Love," but sometimes, I don't know...you just gotta go for it. Improvising in harmony with myself is something I work on quite a bit, but I rarely show it. I hope that will change as I practice more. Recorded using Earthworks SV33 Earthworks PM40 5'3 Hallet Davis Baby Grand Panasonic Lumix G85 - Details on Aimee's Gear
Here is my take on the beautiful Erroll Garner standard for this summer Monday morning.
Some fun excerpts from my performance at the Sea Pines country club in Hilton Head, SC with local musicians, Jackson Evans (guitar), Brett Belanger (bass), and Justin Varnes (drums). It was a great way to wrap up the week! Unfortunate lighting, but I was glad for what we got. Thanks to James Berry for running the camera for me.
This was my video for Jam Of The Week on Facebook this week to celebrate one of my hero's birthdays...Mr. John Coltrane. I didn't have much time so I stopped and got a little crazy with this!
Today, I just play...and sing. For a lesson on All The Things You Are click here. Enjoy and share please!
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.
Mike Scott and I sat down one morning to record a bit. Here's one of our favorites from that day - the Duke Ellington classic, "All Too Soon."
For over half my life, I've been inspired by Bobby McFerrin. My drive to be better, to push myself, and to always be working on something interesting comes from what I've learned from listening to his recordings and watching everything "Bobby-related" on the internet that I can find. This is a video to say thank you and tell Mr. McFerrin and the whole world what an impact his music and teaching have had on me. Much thanks and love. Aimee
Yesterday I released a solo piano tutorial about this song, and just felt like really playing it today. Sorry I added my voice! :-) It's more fun that way! Rock, pop, jazz, and classical pianists will be able to learn and play this timeless Beach Boys' classic after watching this tutorial!
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Aimee Nolte playing her transcription of People as played by Bill Evans
Take a look at my collection of transcriptions with me, Sound of Love - My Man’s Gone Now - Nardis - How Deep is the Ocean - Lucky to be me - Danny Boy - Blue in Green - Israel - Milestone - People... and more...
Ok, so you think you know about 251s - but can you recognize them when they occur in songs? Can your ears tell the difference between a major 251 and a minor? It's time to practice with me. Let's go!
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.
Some ideas about how to comp on this classic jazz standard, as well as a fun idea at the end of the video based on montuno rhythms. If you'd like the worksheet for that final idea: Comping On Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas"
Some ideas about how to comp on this classic jazz standard, as well as a fun idea at the end of the video based on montuno rhythms
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Skirt & Suit combines the Kid Cudi jam with Frank Sinatra's "Night and Day" for a one-of-kind experience.
Let's examine how Bill Evans could use a very few amount of notes to evoke an immense amount of emotion. Blue In Green.
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!
This PDF is ONLY page 6 of the transcription. Not the entirety.
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"Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" is a song written by Eddie DeLange and Louis Alter, which was first heard in the movie New Orleans in 1947, where it was performed by Louis Armstrong and sung by Billie Holiday.
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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I hope you enjoy this little performance of Fly Me To The Moon. Pick up my new album, "Lighten Up," as well as all of my other albums here: Recordings
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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Freedom Jazz Dance” is a jazz-rock piece that was composed by Eddie Harris in 1965. The “free” in the title comes from the fact that there’s only one chord, a Bb7, and during your solos you can basically play anything you like over it, going “inside” and “outside” at will.
I sat down to practice this, thinking that I probably would need 3 or 4 takes, but I'd better record it just in case I get a good one... and it turned out I didn't need any more takes! Harmonizing with myself is something I practice a lot. It works my brain out like crazy, and challenges me in a way nothing else does. My goals in doing this are always changing, but number one is to be true to myself and sing what wants to come out. After that, it's just "will I put the voice on the top or bottom?", "which intervals will I land on?", "which 'voice' should take the lead now?", etc. I hope you have fun watching and listening!
Just playing and singing one of my favorite tunes!
Have You Met Miss Jones?" is a popular song that was written for the musical comedy, I'd Rather Be Right. The music was written by Richard Rodgers and the lyrics by Lorenz Hart. The song was published in 1937. In the musical the song is performed by characters Peggy Jones and Phil Barker. In the 1937 version these characters were played by Joy Hodges and Austin Marshall. The song's bridge, featuring key motion by major thirds, may have served as an inspiration to John Coltrane in the development of "Coltrane changes"
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Here is a jazz tutorial to help improve the way you think about arranging standards. Using Have You Met Miss Jones, we build a solo piano arrangement, incorporating moving inner voices and using chromaticism. There is a work sheet to go along with this video: Have You Met Miss Jones For Solo Piano (with moving inner voices)
Here is a jazz tutorial to help improve the way you think about arranging standards. Using Have You Met Miss Jones, we build a solo piano arrangement, incorporating moving inner voices and using chromaticism.
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Put away the Real Book. Drop the "sheet music." Watch this and then The Day I Put My Real Books Away
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.
By using 3 simple elements, you can take nearly any jazz standard and arrange it for solo piano. Hang out and see how by playing a simple bass line, the melody, some 3rd and 7 comping rhythms, and harmonizing in 3rds and 6ths can transform your playing. Bluesette is a jazz standard, composed by Toots Thielemans. It was composed in the key of B-flat major. First recorded by Toots Thielemans in 1961, with lyrics added by Norman Gimbel, the song became an international hit.
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Thanks to everyone who accepted the challenge to play along with me on Green Dolphin Street and Someday My Prince Will Come in the "I Accompany You" first episode! It was fun to hear players of all levels submit and have fun playing along with me. We will do it again soon!
Thanks to everyone who sent in videos! It was fun to put them all together and make another virtual band. This time, there were drummers! I was excited. We will do another one soon!
Thanks to everyone who submitted! Fun one!!
This is one of my favorite standards. I really had a nice time playing this one. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for your support and for subscribing and sharing with your friends! Aimee Nolte
My friend and student, Brenda Martin came over for a lesson today and we worked on Altman/Lawrence tune, "All Or Nothing At All." Here are the topics addressed and time stamps so you can easily navigate through the video, however it's quite a journey and I would recommend watching it from start to finish, to understand the context and...the journey.
Jake Reichbart is an amazing guitarist! He plays mainly fingerstyle guitar and he can play any song in a sophisticated guitar arrangement! He has a great Youtube channel where he publish a new song each week.
Taking your live requests and questions, and hanging out with these two giants of musicians from Utah: Kris Johnson and David Halliday. To donate to my channel, please click here: https://paypal.me/aimn
This is my very simple method for how to start playing solo jazz piano. After watching this video, players should be able to take care of the melody, the comping and the bass line, all by themselves.
Live november 7th 2017 - Bridge over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel) - Time After Time (Cindy Lauper) - They long to be (Close To You) - Burt Bacharach - Misty (Erroll Garner) - Take The A Train (Billy Strayhorn) Giant Steps (John Coltane)... and much more! Also featuring John Nolte!
One of my favorite Hoagy Carmichael compositions, recorded with my new equipment! Memphis In June paints a beautiful picture of the South, like only Hoagy Carmichael could do. If you'd like to support my channel, please donate here: https://paypal.me/aimn
This is a little demonstration video, using "There Is No Greater Love" (Isham Jones/Marty Symes) to launch us into my next video with nearly the same title, when we will analyze and break down what I have done and talk about how to apply these techniques to your own playing. Congrats to Katie Ward who transcribed two choruses and sent it to me! Three pages PDF is now available! She is getting a free Skype lesson with me. Katie Ward you are really cool! Thank you!
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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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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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