Jazz Piano DVD Info and Samples

Vol I - Fundamental Jazz Piano - Lesson Sample

This video is designed for jazz and non-jazz players who need to completely understand the methodology of 3 and 4 part harmony. Voice leading as applied to left hand voicings and harmonizing a right hand melody are explained in detail and demonstrated by John Ferrara. In addition, the lessons are reinforced by printed music which accompanies the video and can be accessed from the DVD for reference, or can be downloaded. An added bonus is the video "3 Harmonization Techniques".

Level: Beginner to Intermediate -- Runtime: 1 hr:19 mins.

Vol II - Advanced Voicings - Lesson Sample

Designed for the more knowledgeable player, this video contains everything you need to know to build sophisticated left hand voicings and two hand voicings. The art of harmonizing melodies with two hand voicings is explained in detail as well. All the great sounding voicings that you have been wanting to play are contained in this video. In addition, rhythmic patterns and methods as applied to left hand accompaniment are analyzed and demonstrated. Referenced music is included on the DVD, or can be downloaded.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced -- Runtime 1 hr: 2 mins.

Vol III - Improvisation - Lesson Sample

The art of improvisation is a difficult one to grasp. John Ferrara has produced this video to show how such an esoteric and complex subject can be explained in a logical and musical way. In part 1 of the DVD, Chord scale construction, based upon the chord progression of a tune, is explained in a logical sequence. Modes and their application to a chord progression are explored as well. Extensive examples and practice techniques are demonstrated in this one-on-one video. Also presented are creative ways of using the metronome to practice improvisation. The second part of the video covers more complex dominant seventh chord scales, more ways to practice the material in a practical way, and the proper way to build modes using a static root. Referenced music is included on the DVD, or can be downloaded. This video is ideal for all instrumentalists as well as pianists.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced -- Runtime: 1 hr:18 mins.

Vol IV - Blues Styles - Lesson Sample

The Blues is explored in depth in this volume, with three specific styles analyzed and demonstrated. The first style presented is the jazz swing style, the second is the rock style, and the third is how to play in the stride style. Each of the three styles is demonstrated and performed with many examples. Specific techniques and ideas are covered for playing left hand patterns and accompaniment, and right hand soloing ideas. In addition, there is an extensive fourth lesson on proper practice techniques for the dedicated pianist. Referenced music is included on the DVD, or can be downloaded.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced --- Runtime: 1 hr:38 min

Vol V - Autumn Leaves - Lesson Sample

This Jazz Workshop Series Volume covers techniques to improvise over the chord changes to "Autumn Leaves". The subjects start with harmonic analysis, then covers the methodology for deriving the proper chord scales and modes for each chord. Next, the first method of playing, utilizing a left hand advanced level voicing for each chord and a right hand melody/improv, is thoroughly demonstrated and explained. The subject of how to connect chord scales and modes from chord to chord is then explored, again with many performed examples. From there, jazz improvisation licks and their application are discussed and played. The latter portion of the DVD deals with different styles of performing the tune, and also a reharmonized version for further improvisational possiblities. Music PDFs for printing accompany the DVD or can be downloaded.

Level: Upper Intermediate to Advanced --- Runtime: 1 hr:13 min

Vol VI - Green Dolphin - Lesson Sample

Volume VI, 2nd volume in the Jazz Workshop series, covers techniques to improvise over the chord progression to "Green Dolphin Street". The subjects start with chord scales/modes for each chord. Two complete improvisations are then analyzed, including original licks and phrases as well as suggested fingering patterns. Each of the improvisations are thoroughly demonstrated, allowing the student to perform the exact notes that are played. At the end of each improvisation lesson, the entire improv is performed with piano and bass so that the student can practice and refine the lesson. Left hand voicings that fit the improvisation, are given and demonstrated, as well as 2-hand voicing harmonization and comping. Motifs and licks have been extracted from the 2 improvs for the student to practice in different keys. Music PDFs are on the DVD and can be downloaded as well.

Level: Upper Intermediate to Advanced --- Runtime: 1 hr:35 min

Vol VII - Alone Together - Lesson Sample

This Jazz Workshop Series Volume analyzes the chord changes and form of "Alone Together". The subjects start with harmonic analysis, then covers the methodology for deriving the proper chord scales or modes for each chord. Two complete improvisations are then extensively demonstrated, and suggested fingering patterns for all of the passages are shown. This gives the student a real time practice session. At the end of each improvisation lesson, the entire improv is performed with piano and bass so that the student can practice the lesson at a medium tempo. Left hand voicings, specific to the tune, are given and demonstrated, as well as 2-hand voicing harmonization and comping. Music PDFs are on the DVD and can be downloaded as well.

Level: Upper Intermediate to Advanced --- Runtime: 1 hr:35 min


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