PETER MARTIN


JAZZ PIANO FOR BEGINNERS

 

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THE COURSE THAT WILL TAKE YOU FROM AN ASPIRING TO

A FUNCTIONING JAZZ PIANIST. GUARANTEED.

BEGIN YOUR JAZZ PIANO JOURNEY

Peter Martin breaks down jazz piano with his core concepts: listen & imitate; understand the groove, swing and feel; understand the blues, shell voicings, basic scales, root movement - and understand how to effectively practice. Peter’s clarity and engaging approach will keep you focused and entertained as he gives you all the tools and insider knowledge to immediately start applying his concepts. Our Living Notation technology allows you to follow Peter’s playing and demonstrations in real time with moving, interactive notation.

BEGINNER TO INTERMEDIATE

23 LESSONS

5 HOURS OF LESSONS

LIVING NOTATION

DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO VERSIONS OF LESSONS

DOWNLOADABLE 126-PAGE WORKBOOK

SUBTITLES

English • Italian • Spanish

$129 • lifetime access

 

BEGIN YOUR JAZZ PIANO JOURNEY

Peter Martin breaks down jazz piano with his core concepts: listen & imitate; understand the groove, swing and feel; understand the blues, shell voicings, basic scales, root movement - and understand how to effectively practice. Peter’s clarity and engaging approach will keep you focused and entertained as he gives you all the tools and insider knowledge to immediately start applying his concepts. Our Living Notation technology allows you to follow Peter’s playing and demonstrations in real time with moving, interactive notation.

 

"The course is well organized and each chapter is progressive - one step at a time! I have been practicing and already I am starting to get it."

Barbara A. (USA)

"I tried a lot of courses before settling on this one. It's easily the best. Peter Martin is such a talented teacher."  

Bryn E. (UK)

"Peter Martin is simply the best teacher I have had to learn Jazz."  

Dwight A. (USA)

WORKBOOK INCLUDED

Includes downloadable PDF version of the comprehensive 126-page workbook that is the perfect supplement to the course. Spiral bound version is available for purchase.

LESSONS IN THIS COURSE

 

01. Introduction to Jazz Piano
In this lesson, Peter introduces all of the major concepts and techniques taught throughout the course. We learn about the fundamentals of jazz piano including swing, groove, feel, basic voicings, root movements, and the blues. Peter also gives examples of how to practice the material and how to become a more focused listener.
(Running time 14:01)

 

02. PM Blues: C Blues
In this lesson, Peter demonstrates the building blocks of playing a tune using his original tune, “PM Blues.” We learn about the blues form, time and groove, basic chord voicings, and phrasing the melody.
(Running time 30:08)

03. PM Blues Improvisation
In this lesson, we dive into improvising on Peter’s tune, “PM Blues.” We learn about developing solos out of the melody and the blues scale.
(Running time 19:30)

04. Shell Voicings: Intro to Chords
In this lesson, Peter demonstrates basic shell voicings. We learn about the different kinds of shells as well as voice leading.
(Running time 6:10)

05. How to Swing and What is Swing?
In this lesson, Peter demonstrates concepts for swing and different swing feels. We learn how to develop feel and swing using our ears and imitating the greats.
(Running time 12:43)

06. Listening
In this lesson, Peter discusses techniques for focused listening. We learn what to listen for in great recordings and how to apply these techniques to our everyday practice.
(Running time 9:01)

07. Concepts for Playing “Wrong” Notes
In this lesson, Peter explains how to work “wrong” notes into our improvisation. We learn how to apply chromaticism and notes “outside” of the chord changes to our solos.
(Running time 10:18)

08. Scales
Peter discusses a variety of scales that are useful for jazz pianists. We learn different approaches to practicing scales, as well as how to apply them to chord changes and other real-world playing situations
(Running time 12:17)

09. Elements of Improv
Peter demonstrates his “Elements of Improv.” We learn how to use and combine scales, arpeggios, jazz arpeggios, right-hand chords, and chromaticism in our improvisations.
(Running time 11:04)

10. The 2-5-1
In this lesson, Peter demonstrates the 2-5-1 using Miles Davis's “Tune Up.” We learn about how to approach the changes using shells, left hand voicings, as well as variations of the 2-5-1.
(Running time 12:15)

11. Bb Blues: Blue Monk
In this lesson, Peter demonstrates how to approach the melody of Thelonious Monk’s “Blue Monk.” We learn the form, phrasing, and beginner bass lines.
(Running time 8:46)

12. “Blue Monk” Solo
Peter demonstrates various approaches to improvising on “Blue Monk.” We learn how to use the melody in our improvising and how to apply Peter’s “Elements of Improvisation” to the tune.
(Running time 11:45)

13. Basic Ear Training
In this lesson, Peter demonstrates techniques to develop your ear. We learn how to identify intervals and how those intervals apply to our chord voicings, melodies, and bass lines
(Running time 10:31)

14. Bebop
In this lesson, Peter demonstrates the fundamentals of Bebop using Dizzy Gillespie’s “Groovin’ High.” We learn how to phrase the melody, left hand voicings, root movement, shell voicings, and rootless voicings.
(Running time 16:41)

15. Basic Bebop Improvisation
In this lesson, Peter walks us through techniques to start improvising in a bebop style using Dizzy Gillespie’s “Groovin’ High.” We learn how to use the melody as a jumping off point, as well as how to implement the “Elements of Improvisation” into our solos.
(Running time 12:53)

16. Basic Jazz Theory
In this lesson, we learn the basics of music theory as it applies to jazz. Peter explains the foundational interval system, as well as inversions and the beginnings of upper extensions.
(Running time 11:17)

17. Voicings
In this lesson, Peter demonstrates both left hand voicings and two handed voicings using an F blues. We learn how to add color notes to basic shells and how to build two handed voicings off of left hand voicings.
(Running time 15:05)

18. Modes Primer
Peter demonstrates the functions and applications of three important modes for improvising. We learn about the dorian, mixolydian, and lydian modes and how they can be used in our improvising
(Running time 9:08)

19. Bass Line Primer
In this lesson, Peter explains how to incorporate bass lines in our left hand. We learn how to “connect the dots" between chords and how to combine two-note voicings and bass lines to create a complete left hand accompaniment.
(Running time 9:37)

20. Ballad Basics
In this lesson, Peter demonstrates how to perform the melody of a ballad for solo piano using George and Ira Gershwin’s “Embraceable You.” We learn about basic root and voicing concepts, as well as pulse, phrasing, and additional melodic ideas.
(Running time 15:33)

21. How to Learn New Tunes
Peter covers techniques for learning and internalizing new tunes. We learn how to tackle new material and keep track of tunes we need to learn.
(Running time 12:58)

22. How to Learn a Solo
In this lesson, Peter explains why we should be learning the solos of the masters, as well as how to learn a solo using Wynton Kelly’s solo from "Freddie Freeloader." We learn different techniques for internalizing solos, as well as ways to study the structure, phrasing, groove, and feel.
(Running time 9:30)

23. Piano Vocabulary
(Running time 9:52)

 

  1. Introduction to Jazz Piano (14:01)
  2. “PM Blues”: C Blues (30:08)
  3. “PM Blues” Improvisation (19:30)
  4. Shell Voicings: Intro to Chords (06:10)
  5. How to Swing and What is Swing? (12:43)
  6. Listening (09:01)
  7. Concepts for Playing “Wrong” Notes (10:18)
  8. Scales (12:17)
  9. Elements of Improv (11:04)
  10. The 2-5-1 (12:15)
  11. Bb Blues: “Blue Monk” (08:46)
  12. “Blue Monk” Solo (11:45)
  13. Basic Ear Training (10:31)
  14. Bebop (16:41)
  15. Basic Bebop Improvisation (12:53)
  16. Basic Jazz Theory (11:17)
  17. Voicings (15:05)
  18. Modes Primer (9:08)
  19. Bass Line Primer (9:37)
  20. Ballad Basics (15:33)
  21. How to Learn New Tunes (12:58)
  22. How to Learn a Solo (09:30)
  23. Piano Vocabulary (09:52)

 

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

  • You can play piano, but have no idea how to jump in and start playing jazz
  • You love the sound of jazz, but you don’t know how to get started playing jazz piano
  • You can read music a little, or play by ear
  • You’re willing to jump right in and play a simple blues that you’re hearing for the first time (Peter makes this fun and easy)
  • You’re interested in listening to great jazz reference recordings to get the language in your ears

This is the most practical jazz piano lesson/resource I have found on the web.

Albert L.

Current Member

Peter Martin’s artistry is nothing short of extraordinary. To sing with him is sublime – To listen to him play is a transcendent experience.

Dianne Reeves

Five time Grammy Award winner

An unbelievable musician with a unique kind of charisma. Not just the technical competence, but the deep kind of penetrating insight into music.

Wynton Marsalis

Nine time Grammy Award winner

ABOUT PETER MARTIN

 

pm-headshot150 Peter Martin is an acclaimed three-time Grammy® award winning jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. His touring career has taken him to six continents numerous times. Peter performed on and arranged Dianne Reeves’ Grammy® winning release A Little Moonlight. He also appeared in the Oscar nominated film Good Night, and Good Luck and was the featured pianist and arranger on the Grammy® winning soundtrack. Peter has performed, toured, and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Betty Carter, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman and “Newport Now 60,” an all-star ensemble.  Additionally, he has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic,  the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.  Peter has performed at the White House twice for the President and guests. In 2014 Peter toured with “Newport Now 60,” an all-star ensemble that toured nationwide in celebration of the iconic festival’s 60th anniversary. Peter attended the Juilliard School of Music and is a former member of the faculty at Northwestern University.  He has performed workshops and master classes at institutions worldwide, and has an ongoing intermediate to advanced online course, Peter Martin's Jazz Piano Method.

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