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A course to take you from aspiring to FUNCTIONING jazz pianist.


Acclaimed pianist and educator Peter Martin takes you from aspiring to functioning jazz pianist in 23 fun and inspiring video lessons. Peter’s concept is for you to listen and imitate, and he gives you the tools and insider knowledge to jump right in and try out the improvisational concepts right from the start.



Peter's direct and fun approach will keep you engaged and entertained along the way. In no time you’ll be playing, grooving and swinging over your first medium tempo blues (lesson #2). Then you'll move on to shell voicings (don't worry if you don't know these, Peter clearly teaches you every step of the way), basic scales, bebop and more.


There are lots of charts and notation to help you along the way, and there’s multiple viewing angles for you to just watch and imitate as well. If things are moving too fast, slow down a section with the speed control - the pitch always stays the same and you can digest at an easier pace if needed. Included with the course is a downloadable 126-page comprehensive workbook. 


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.


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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 discuss 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 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 “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” in to 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, 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, and how to learn a solo using Wynton Kelly’s solo from Freddie Freeloader. We learn different techniques for for internalizing solos, as well ways to study the structure, phrasing, groove, and feel.
(Running time 9:30)

23. Piano Vocabulary
(Running time 9:52)


  • 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


Three is better than one! We recognize that everyone learns differently. So we offer three different viewing options for all of the lessons in this course.

pm-classic-thumb CLASSIC VIEW

  • Two Camera Angles
  • Full-Time Overhead view

pm-studio-thumb STUDIO VIEW

  • Four Camera Angles
  • Best View changes throughout lessons

pm-soundslice-thumb LIVING NOTATION

  • Four Camera Angles
  • Best View changes throughout lessons
  • Interactive Charts to follow along
  • Advanced Speed Control
  • Chart-based A/B Looping


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


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 as performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, 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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