Jazz Tutorials by "Walk That Bass"

Submitted by Cailean on Thu, 06/22/2017 - 19:11

These YouTube tutorials are by someone new to me on YT, and the Jazz overview is one of the finest music theory videos I've seen. It's pretty rapid fire, but well worth pausing and considering.

The information on the tritone in the major scale and how it's notes define diatonic chords which are dominant or predominant, is frankly amazing to me! Great description of what gives chord families their characters, and what modifiers to look out for.

I shall need to keep checking out this guy's material.

Professor Mortensen: How to Practice

Submitted by Cailean on Sat, 05/06/2017 - 12:44

Dr. John Mortensen, professor of piano, drops truth bombs about using your practice time effectively. The first part -- The Artistic Vision -- is about things to do before you go to the piano.

This playlist includes recommendations for practicing. The suggestions are primarily meant for classical players but many of the ideas work for jazz as well.

The Genius of Scarlatti

Submitted by Cailean on Tue, 12/13/2016 - 22:50

Domenico Scarlatti was a keyboard composer born in the same year as JS Bach and Handel - what a year for keyboard music!!

This series of short YouTube videos looks at characteristics of what makes Scarlatti so wonderful, and give useful insights into how we ought to approach his keyboard sonatas - which are numbered in the 100s!

Essence of Chopin

Submitted by Cailean on Tue, 12/13/2016 - 22:41

Playlist of 11 short YouTube videos by "Virtual Piano Pedagogue". These videos really do shine a helpful light on Chopin, his character as a composer pianist and what key elements of his music mean.


Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered?

Submitted by Cailean on Fri, 12/09/2016 - 16:32

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - piano jazz standard. "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" is a show tune and popular song from the 1940 Rodgers and Hart musical "Pal Joey".

I'm just learning to play jazz piano, and I recorded this just for fun in one take with no practice! I'll work on the ropy sections, don't worry - this isn't a finished performance, rather a wee test run to spur me on to completing pieces & getting my theory book out!

Playing the Piano & Discussing Music in Gaelic

Submitted by Cailean on Fri, 12/09/2016 - 16:21

This is a short excerpt from a series where I was persuaded to take to the piano keyboard and then say a little about the role music plays in my life, through the medium of the Scottish Gaelic language.

The guy who is speaking before the music at the beginning of this short clip is actually my father, discussing his many years serving the public in various jobs.