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Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Jazz Piano Voicings

Two-Hand piano voicings are essential for jazz pianists when comping behind melodists and soloists.  This is an short "encyclopedia" with 1-2 voicings for most of the chords jazz pianists are likely to encounter. This handout...

Encyclopedia of Left-Hand Jazz Piano Voicings

This PDF will be a BIG help to many jazz pianists and other instrumentalists who want to get better at voicing chords in their left hand! Many players could benefit from having this reference sheet,...

Jazz Chords For Dummies

Probably one of the most prominent characteristics of jazz music is it's rich harmony.  As opposed to many other forms of music, it's full of intricate chord progressions and full bodied chords. To an...

The #1 Myth of the Hammond Organ

There is a myth that still perpetuates today that Hammond B3 players usually play bass with their feet, comp with their left hand, and solo with their right hand.  This is a myth that...

Cheat Sheet for ii-V-I Left-Hand Piano Voicings

One of the first things a jazz pianist should learn to do is navigate left-hand voicings.  Learning to voice chords is VERY important for pianists looking to sound like an authentic jazz musician.  Left-hand...

5 Important Shapes for Left-Hand Piano Voicings

Sometimes left-hand voicings can seem like a tricky concept for beginning jazz piano students because they have to know a fair amount of music theory in order to play the voicings properly.  Theory is...

Piano Fingerings for All Major Scales

The major scales are incredibly important to know, and every musician should learn their major scales in all keys on their instrument. There are 12 major scales by sound and 15 major scales by sight!...

How Jazz Pianists and Guitarists Can Play Together

A while back I was playing a monthly gig at a jazz club here in New York City, and afterwards the pianist came up to me (I'm a guitarist) and said: "Man, we're really...

Two Beginning Jazz Piano Voicings

I recently did a post about 12 beginning jazz guitar voicings.  I'm following up that post with this article on beginning jazz piano voicings. After ten years of teaching jazz combos and teaching private jazz...

Left-Hand Piano Voicings for ii-V7-I’s

Left-hand rootless piano voicings were an innovation introduced by numerous piano players in the 1950s.  Rootless left-hand voicings are considered to be essential, must-know voicings by most modern jazz piano players, but you won't hear them...

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