Individual Jazz Piano Lessons By Martan Mann

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Martan Mann: Music Educator, Jazz Pianist, and Author

Martan Mann (MA in Classical Piano) has been performing jazz piano for over 50 years.  He is also the author of "Jazz Improvisation for the Classical Pianist", "New Age Improvisation for the Classical Pianist" and "Improvising Blues Piano".

JazzMasterclass: Step-by-Step

JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step are individual lessons by Martan Mann.  These lessons are available for three-month subscription.  All the Step-by-Step lessons are included with JazzSkills for Piano.

Here are the current lessons:

Learning Giant Steps for the Jazz Pianist
Modal Improv for the Jazz Pianist
Learning Stride Blues for the Jazz Pianist
Pachelbel Improv
Learning Boogie Woogie
Preparing to Play in All Keys
Preparing to Learn a Tune
HymnSkills:  Developing Hymn Improvisation
Pentatonics for Pianists:  Developing Beginning Improv

 

Check out the individual courses offered below.

For only $30 you will have access to each course for three months.

  • Martan takes you from Analysis . . . to Soloing . . . One-Step-at-a-Time
  • You can practice selected videos with audio tracks
  • There are downloadable PDFs in all the lessons
  • You can view the examples in all the lessons
  • You can augment the lessons by reading text describing the Step-by-Step lessons
  • You also have the option to have a personal Skype lesson with Martan
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JAZZ MASTERCLASS Available Lessons

Learning Giant Steps for the Jazz Pianist

Giant Steps by John Coltrane has always been considered as a difficult tune for jazz pianists to understand learn and play. Of course adding to the complexity is that the tune is usually played very fast. I think what we really need is a simple step-by-step approach to studying this tune . . . then developing the tune into our subconscious. Once this tune is totally subconscious we should be able to freely improvise on it.This lesson on Learning Giant Steps contains four videos downloadable PDFs graphics of examples and text. Video #4 contains backup tracks for your practice.  You can practice soloing over Giant Steps in different styles and tempos.  Have fun learning Giant Steps.

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Modal Improv for the Jazz Pianist

Modal playing is a very distinctive style for a jazz pianist.  It “opens up” your playing using the entire range of the piano.  It increases  your harmonic knowledge.  This step-by-step lesson gives specific analysis instruction and exercises to develop modal playing into your personal style.  This is a very intensive lesson with eight videos downloadable PDFs text playalong with Band-in-a-box and reference to modal tunes.

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Learning Stride Blues for the Jazz Pianist

Here is your opportunity to learn the essential Stride Blues for piano.  This is a great way to play solo blues styles.  Learn how to achieve mastery of the Stride Blues step-by-step.

There are four descriptive videos text and many PDFs to download for your study.

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Pachelbel Canon Improv

Here is your opportunity to learn the basics of improvisation using the popular Pachelbel Canon.  We also learn how to add a “groove” to the Pachelbel Canon.  Learn how to improvise step-by-step. There are three descriptive videos text and many PDFs to download for your study.

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Learning Boogie Woogie

I love playing Boogie Woogie.  It’s a great solo piano style.  It’s not difficult to play and it’s loved by audiences.  Boogie Woogie is a wonderful way to develop the ability to play with groove and to learn the Blues in general.  It is recommended that you study playing this style Step-by-Step.

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Preparing to Play in All Keys

It is universal.  All jazz pianists want to freely play in all keys.  The problem is that each new key appears to us as a “new world”.  The look is different and the fingerings are different.  The one constant which is the same in all keys is . . . . the numbers.  Therefore in order for us to be “free” in all keys we must think in numbers.  It’s a “numbers language”.  Once this is accomplished then the only next step is to analyze each tune by the numbers.  It takes preparation and training.  But . . . it is very doable . . . especially if you learn step-by-step.

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Preparing to Learn a Tune

When you have completed Preparing to Play in All Keys . . . this is the best follow up lesson.  This lesson prepares you to develop any tune in your unique style.  It’s not enough to simply learn and play a tune.  In jazz you want to personalize the tune . . . make it special . . . for you and the listener.  This takes special skills.  You master these skills on step-at-a-time.  Then you are ready to develop a tune.

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HymnSkills: Developing Hymn Improv

You may know me from my many jazz improv courses. What you don’t know is that for many years I have been musical director and performed at many churches. This has given me the opportunity to improvise hymn-like songs for preludes meditations offerings etc.

Actually creating your own hymns is not difficult. However it does require some fundamental music skills. In this course I have provided you with a step-by-step development of these required skills. All you need to do is practice each step over-and over until it is deeply ingrained in the subconscious. Once these skills are flowing then you can either create your own hymns or improvise on existing hymns.

It’s really fun.

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Pentatonics for Pianists: Developing Beginning Improv

Pentatonic for Pianists is all about developing step-by-step pentatonic harmony in the “language center” of the brain. There is no time-limit to studying the steps. Each of these steps require making specific changes in the subconscious. It “takes-as-long-as-it-takes”. However, if you make a project of developing each step completely, you WILL see your “improv-abilities” improve. Just keep at it.

There are many books teaching pentatonics. However, most of them are for either guitarists or horn players. Pianists learn, finger, see and use pentatonics differently. This course is specifically designed to help pianists learn and use pentatonics.

Playing pentatonics is a wonderful approach to developing improvisation skills.

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“Martan is a great musician whose deep love of music comes through in everything he does. You can learn a lot from this Mann!"

Steve Wilson Steve Wilson
Music Professor, Cabrillo College
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Get All Jazz Study Materials

  • Video Lessons

    Individual video lessons. Each lesson develops one skill to be mastered by the subconscious.

  • Downloadable PDFs and Text

    Each module has supporting materials to help you understand and master the lesson

  • Access to Your Instructor

    Have a question? Just send an email to Martan

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Martan's Jazz Masterclass: Step-by-Step Courses Work!

Learn How to Play Jazz Piano

“Martan Mann’s video series is the super-impressive unveiling of a mysterious, multi-layered subject: how to play jazz piano. Step by step, he demonstrates each aspect, building in sequence from the simplest foundation to the most sophisticated level of playing, making this one of the most thoroughly thought-out approaches to jazz study. Students of all levels will benefit, and it shouldn’t only be pianists who use this--Mann’s wisdom will apply to any instrument.”

Jeffrey Chappell
Director of Jazz Studies, Goucher College Founder, Music Everybody Seminars

A Course for the Serious, Aspiring Jazz Pianist.

“Playing Piano has always been an avocation of mine. I love playing popular Jazz Standards as well as creating original music. What has helped me in my quest for self improvement, was my discovery of Martan Mann’s incredible array of piano videos that appeared on YouTube. What I learned from these videos opened up my eyes and ears to the kind of possibilities that would allow me to elevate my piano skills to a new level of professionalism that I could only previously hope for.  It appears that Martan has now incorporated his videos into a comprehensive internet course called “JazzSkills for Piano” which is sure to be a Godsend for the serious, aspiring Jazz Pianist.”

Shelly Dubow
LA Pianist

I'm So Impressed with Martan . . .

"Martan has an amazing depth of knowledge about jazz.  He shares that knowledge effectively and in a logical sequence with his students, inspiring them to reach their goals as improvisers and jazz musicians. It isn't always an easy journey but he never tires of finding new ways to bring each student along to the next level of expertise. I highly recommend this course."

Diane Glazer
Music Educator, Music for Minors, San Francisco Bay Area