- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.