Beginning Jazz Piano Part 2 - Harmony, Improvisation, Accompanying & Reading from Lead Sheets

with Tim Richards

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Intermediate 67 lessons (3h 7m) Sheet music included Backing tracks included Mobile, Tablet + Desktop

This second online course of jazz piano lessons with author Tim Richards will take you up to Intermediate level, with a wider range of chord types and sequences such as AABA and 32-bar song forms.

As well as improvisation techniques, you’ll learn how to accompany other musicians (or yourself if you’re a singer) in swing, latin, blues, funk and gospel styles, using tunes such as ‘All of Me’ and ‘One-Note Samba’ as examples.

The last section gives you a range of methods for interpreting lead sheets – an essential skill for any jazz pianist.

As with part 1, the course also includes:

  • BACKING TRACKS with bass and drums only, so you can practise easily by yourself

  • Interactive SHEET MUSIC that scrolls video and audio and can be slowed down and looped

Tim composed all the pieces in this course except where otherwise indicated and they have all been taken from Tim's best-selling book 'Beginning Jazz Piano 2' that has helped tens of thousands of pianists. The book is not required to take these online jazz piano lessons but contains additional exercises and material for those wishing to go into even more depth. 

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Pianist and composer Tim Richards has been a presence on the UK jazz scene since the 1980s and as a bandleader has toured all over Europe with line-ups ranging from duo to nine-piece. He has released over a dozen albums as a leader, featuring many of London’s best jazz musicians including Pete King, Gilad Atzmon, Tony Kofi, Jason Yarde, Seb Rochford, Ed Jones, Dick Pearce and many others. He is also one of Britain’s most experienced jazz educators, teaching piano privately for over 30 years, as well as at Morley College, Goldsmiths College, the University of Surrey, Premises Studios and other venues in the UK and abroad. More info can be found on his website