"5 Minute Masterclass" Tutorials

Hi guys!

Some of you may remember the “2 Minute Masterclass” idea from earlier this year. More info here: 2 Minute Masterclass

Well it turned out that not much information could be taught in 2 minutes, and so now it has become the “5 Minute Masterclass” and here’s the first lesson in the series:

Full lesson page here: https://www.pianogroove.com/jazz-piano-lessons/adding-inner-voice-movement/

There will be lots more of these coming shortly, from myself, and our growing team of teachers.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know what you think.


This is great Hayden , I love it .it’s short and very informative. After a while they accumulate into a bundle of jazz vocabulary and language. A great idea. Thank you.


Awesome, glad to head it George.

We will be producing more of this format of lesson. Here’s some of the upcoming topics:

  • Diminshed Scale And Chords
  • How To Use Two Triads Or Hexatonics As An Improvisational Tool
  • So What Chord - Advanced Application
  • Common Ways To Create An Intro
  • Common Ways To Create An Outro
  • Transcribing And Ear Training
  • How To Practice Comping
  • How To Practice Time

Sounds excellent. Well done Hayden :):smiley:

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I agree with the others, excellent, focused, most useful. I think I benefit from these short versions more since I spent so much time on the beginner and intermediate lessons which provide the basis for better understanding of these short masterclasses. Looking forward to others, of course.
Thanks Hayden. Ivan

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Brilliant thanks for your comments Ivan.

I’ve just thought it would could be nice to also have beginner-focused “5 minute masterclass” tutorials that tie together many concepts from the early lessons. Thanks for opening my eyes to this.

More of these short tutorials will be ready next week.

Hi everyone

Based on your supportive feedback, we have ramped up the output of our “5 Minute Masterclass” lessons.

We now have 6 lessons here on the course page, and 2 more coming tomorrow.

With our rent new teacher appointments, I’m aiming to publish a new “5-minute masterclass” every 2 or 3 days, which is ambitious, but I’m confident we can achieve this.

I’ve been contemplating the best way to integrate these lessons into the website so that they are easy to navigate.

I see 3 options:

  1. Keep all these lessons in 1 course as per the current arrangement

  2. Split them up into 3 separate courses graded by difficulty (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

  3. Split them out by the teacher (so we have "Masterclasses by Hayden… Masterclasses by Tuomo… Masterclasses by Jovino… etc… "

I'm thinking option (3). I think this would be the best way to categorise and organise the growing selection of "5 Minute Masterclass" content, particularly as we now have teachers coming onboard who specialise in a specific genre (Blues, Latin, Boogie-Woogie).

Any comments, ideas or suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Hi Hayden,

I think option 3 is a good idea if the teachers are related to specific genres. One of the reasons for me to sign up for your course was the outlook of being able to learn some basic bossa nova as well (still far away from that :wink: , though ). So it would be great, if all bossa nova lessons would be findable under the header of bossa nova.

Maybe you could tag the lessons with two tags or sort them into 2 categories? So that I would be able to find the bossa nova lesson in the section of bossa nova, but also under the tag of the teachers’ name.


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I do not have a preference for categorization but would like, like Moritz, to see cross-referencing to be able to easily relate individual masterclass videos to other, more basic videos. That would, I think, enrich the learning process.

Hope this helps, Hayden. Ivan

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Brilliant suggestion with the tagging Moritz.

That ties into another idea from a student, which would be to create a page which lists all lessons on a particular jazz standard. The tune Autumn Leaves for example, has been covered in many different sections, and so a tag system would allow us to create this additional level of categorisation, and organisation.

I will be implementing your suggestion :1st_place_medal:

That’s brilliant, I’d recommend taking Jovino’s groove around all 12 keys.

It’s simpler than the examples in my Bossa course, which is why it’s great to have a specialist like Jovino who knows how to break down the groove into it’s simplest form.

We are making sure that his upcoming course is catered to the beginner level so I’m sure you will enjoy it.

Rootless voicings and rootless 251s are important for the Latin style of playing. I’d recommend practice these every time you sit at the piano.

They do take a lot of work, so don’t be put off by slow progress there, remember to play though jazz standards with them in your right hand, then your left hand… this is like a mini-etude, and just as important as simply drilling through them key after key. After all, you want to be able to see them on a score, and then find the voicing quickly and easily.

I’ll email you as soon as the Latin lessons are ready.

Yes that certainly makes sense Ivan.

We do have the “Related Lessons” module on each lesson page which offers 3 related videos.

The Masterclasses are fine where they are right now, but I anticipate that within a month or 2, we will need to get them more integrated into the syllabus and structure of the overall website.

Thanks again for the feedback here @Moritz_Gekeler & @smole :sunglasses:

Here’s a new 5-Minute Masterclass:

“Barry Harris Voicings” taught by Tuomo:

We have covered a similar topic in these lessons:

Tuomo’s masterclass gives a ‘bigger picture’ of how the same voicings can be used over different harmonies… some cool insights into harmonic relationships.

Harmonising Step-Wise Melody Lines

Here’s a new tutorial on solo piano tricks to harmonise step-wise melody lines. I use this stuff all the time in my playing and so I hope you find my insights useful…

You can download all of my notation and lesson slides here:

Harmonising-Melodies-Lesson-Notation.pdf (1.3 MB)

The lesson length ran away with me a little, it was supposed to be 5 minutes but I needed more time to convey all the options in my head :grin:

Teacher Specific 5-Min Masterclass Courses

You may have noticed that I have split out the 5-min masterclass lessons into individual teachers. This will help keep the 5-min content organised as we scale up production.

This lesson is housed in my course Hayden’s 5-Minute Masterclasses:

I hope all of our USA students had a happy thanksgiving. Cheers!

Great lesson Hayden! I am working on In a Sentimental Mood…so this was perfect. Question…is there an option to run the video at a slower speed as we do in the other tutorials? I did not see that option…perhaps I am missing something?

Thanks Celia… I had fun making that one. It’s a really beautiful tune.

Yes my mistake, I forgot to activate the speed controls, I have done this now so you will now see them on the player.

If you come across a video without the speed controls, just let me know and I will fix :slightly_smiling_face:


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I’ve added a new masterclass… “How To Hear & Resolve Altered Tensions”:



Using Triads For Melodic Construction

New 5-min masterclass by Jovino on improvising with triads:

ps. some of you may have noticed the improved audio and keyboard on Jovino’s recent tutorials.

Our video editor - Hugh - is a brilliant with audio engineering and we have been working on improving the lesson audio and also other aspects of our lessons such as enharmonic notes.

We now generate 2 keyboards, 1 containing all sharp black notes, and 1 containing all flat black notes. We overlay them, and then we can always show the correct enharmonic notes.

Here’s 4 new 5-Minute Masterclass lessons taught by Tuomo and Jovino.

1) “Ear Training & Transcription” by Tuomo:

Transcribing is the only ear training you need, as you will simultaneously develop your ear AND learn the language.

If you feel like transcribing from records is too difficult, in this lesson we’re going to give you tools that will make transcribing easier.

2) “How To Practice Time” by Tuomo:

In this 5 minute masterclass we’re going talk about time, and how to improve you own time feel and detect your bad tendencies.

One of Tuomo’s main teachers, a great pianist and educator Olaf Polziehn taught him about the importance of time, and gave numerous tips how to practice it. In this lesson Tuomo shares some of these ideas.

3) “Intervals As Orbital Vectors” by Jovino:

Welcome to this 5-Minute Masterclass on “intervals as orbital vectors”. This sounds like a complicated subject, but in fact, this is a concept which will help you simplify your view of the piano.

4) The Lydian Approach Of Harmony

Welcome to this masterclass on the Lydian Concept Of Harmony. The Lydian Concept was conceived by George Russel and he has influenced a lot of different musicians.

The roots of the Lyndian Concept can be traced back to Pythagoras who was a musician, mathematician, and philosopher. Thousands of years ago, Pythagoras was able to define the basic modes of music.

A really nice selection of topics here that we can all enjoy studying and learning from.



LOVE the orbital vectors concept ! WOW


Here’s 4 new 5-Min Masterclass tutorials by our Brazilian Piano Expert - @Jovino

2 of the lessons cover chord voicings and harmonic concepts, and the other 2 lessons introduce some fresh and interesting perspectives on rhythm and building rhythmic awareness.

Elegant & Efficient Chord Voicings

In this 5 minute masterclass Jovino explores the key principles for creating elegant, efficient, & ergonomic chord voicings:

Power Chords

These types of voicings are also known as ‘chord tone triads’. Synonymous with the sound of McCoy Tyner, these voicings do not contain the 3rd and we can arrange these notes into stacked 4ths to get that harmonically-ambiguous and angular-sound of 1970s Jazz:

Pitch As Rhythm

When studying music, we often distinguish 3 core components which are rhythm, melody, and harmony. Whilst it is effective to break isolate these elements during study, there is also some interesting relationships in between these 3 essential elements of music:

Non-Linear Rhythmic Patterns

Rhythm is most often explained as durations between the notes. A nice analogy here would be morse code. There is nothing wrong with this approach to rhythm, but this is just one approac – perhaps the ‘flattest’ and most linear approach. In this lesson Jovino provides a new perspective