New Teachers - Votes & Feedback Needed 👍

Hi all,

My goal is to have the first new tutors on PianoGroove by February time.

Whilst my passion lies in jazz ballads and solo piano performance, I acknowledge that there is so much more to offer in terms of different styles and genres. My aspirations for 2018 is to provide all of this through the PianoGroove platform.

I will always continue to teach on PianoGroove, and I’ll also be working closely with the new tutors to plan, record and edit the lessons to ensure they are consistent with the pacing, style and general ethos of PianoGroove video tutorials.

Here’s a quick poll to get an idea of the styles you are most interested in learning.

In addition to more jazz piano tuition from other tutors, I aim to deliver content in all of the styles below. Your votes and feedback here will be help me to get an overview of the ones that you are most interested in so that I can prioritise the most in-demand styles:

New Styles Poll - (Max 2 Choices Per Student)

  • Bebop
  • Blues
  • Bossa Nova & Latin
  • Gospel
  • Funk

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I’m also aware of other areas of interest from students: Walking Bass, Stride, Quartal & Pentatonic Imporv to name a few… whilst I’ve touched upon these areas in some tutorials, I plan to bring on board tutors who specialise in and are passionate about these styles of jazz piano.

If anyone has any other ideas for genres of styles of tuition, be sure to comment below and I’ll try my best to accommodate all requests .

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and musically productive year ahead :slight_smile:

Hayden .

I’d like to see modal studies.

Absolutely Michael… there’s lots of scope for more modal study.

We have covered the major modes and the melodic minor modes.

There’s also the harmonic minor modes and the harmonic major modes which will be interesting topics to explore.

It would also be nice to explore extended modal improv over simple forms such as So What & other modal tunes.

Great suggestion!

I would like to see more time devoted to playing jazz standards using the exact chords shown in the Real Book, without adding 9ths, 11ths, etc … perhaps even in root position (oh, horrors) when it seems appropriate. I always feel that there is a rush to sophistication instead of basics. In other words, focus on how you play things and not what you play. Thanks.


How about some BOGGIE WOOGIE rock and roll piano?

Hi Robert,

Yes that’s certainly an area we can branch into.

It does tie into blues, with similar form and chord progressions so perhaps that would be the best way to introduce this style.

Leave it with me :slight_smile:

Something like this:


I just finished looking at Tune Up in the beginner section. That lesson is (in my opinion) absolutely perfect in the way it goes through the open voicings utilizing the chords shown in the Real Book. It presents a version of the tune which could be utilized by a relative newcomer to produce a perfectly reasonable version of the tune. I might suggest taking other standards and doing that exact same thing. Produce a version using open voicings (spread voicings) which could be used by a relative newcomer to play tunes for his family or friends. After seeing 3 or 4 of these types of lessons … a newcomer might then have enough experience with it to build his own. You have the perfect prototype in Tune Up. Well Done !

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Thanks for the insight here Don.

There is sometimes a challenge to cater for all PianoGroove students as the ability levels range from complete beginner to intermediate/advanced.

The new lesson chaptering system it does make it easier to divide each lesson into distinct areas which increase in difficulty and so we can incorporate the “Tune Up prototype” into future to tutorials.

In all of the beginner course, we do start with roots, 3rds and 7ths so I’d recommend spending time to watch the jazz standard tutorials in these 2 courses:

I also think it’s a great idea to add more beginner-focused tutorials so leave that with me.


Hello Hayden - I am a beginner and just love that I can play a bit of jazz piano now. It’s great that you have different levels to choose from to please just about any playing level. Now I just need to figure out how to get over stage fright.

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Sounds good to me.

I think I am going to do a bit of a rewind and begin again with the “Foundations”, etc … and work through the basics.

The “Tune Up” has served as inspiration for this new approach.

I found that … as easy as it “seems” to play … actually doing it and ON TIME (the way you play it) is a challenge for me.

So … that is my goal for the moment … Play Tune Up as well (nearly … anyway … lol) as you do.

I do appreciate your sincere effort to create useful lessons for all.

Thank You

That’s awesome to hear Denise… the confidence for performance comes with time.

I’d recommend recording yourself playing a jazz standard, and listening back to it when you are away from the piano.

This will help you be more critical to how you’re playing, what you like the sound of, what you don’t etc…

Do this regularly and you should feel more comfortable and confident in your sound.

Hope this helps! :slight_smile:


Understand that you will be playing these tunes for the rest of your life and you can always add to your arrangements.

Memorising the chord changes is important, so that you don’t need to look at the lead sheet.

When you have memorised and internalised the form and the chord changes, you will then feel more freedom to experiment with different voicings, alterations, substitutions etc…

This comes with time. Enjoy the journey!


Hi All

I’m founding that these two lessons are as you say the foundations of pretty much all the rest.
I’m also realizing that, for me at least, it is required to go over and over these chords in order to print them in my head, and then be able to re-arrange or “fill” with more…
I feel like I’ve struggled going from the 1st course to the extended chords, not so much the 9,11 and 13 but then the So What, Herbie Hancocl and Kenny Baron ones…
Perhaps I did not put the required effort.
I will persevere and revert

Take care all

Hey Ody,

It’s natural to find these voicings difficult to begin with. This is because the tones are not stacked sequentially ie R-3-5-7-9-11-13.

The So What Chord for example is built of 4th intervals which are challenging to visualise for beginners - this is because with classical and contemporary music, we are used to chords built from tertiary structures (ie. the third is the core building block) and so quartal voicing structures are a new challenge.

My advice would be to follow the exercises in the lesson which are

  • Memorise the numeric construction of the chord (So What chord is R-11 in left hand and then b7-b3-5 in right hand) then choose keys at random and figure out the notes. You should feel the gears in your brain grinding when trying to do this… that’s always a good sign!

  • Then take the voicing up the chromatic scale

  • Then take the voicing around the circle of fifths

  • Finally and most importantly, memorise the scale degree at the top (5th for the So What chord) and look out for minor chords with the 5th in the melody when playing from lead sheets.

Follow these steps and you will gradually build up the muscle memory where your hands and fingers will gravitate towards the voicing shapes, almost subconsciously.

Hope this helps Ody :slight_smile:

Thanks for the advice Hayden, which I will follow starting tonight after work.

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Good Day,
Not sure where to vote for the Styles poll.
Bebop and Blues::
and everything else.
I so appreciate your style.
Reading this forum is so helpful, I too am reviewing to solidify.
I love it all.
I am stuck a bit on rhythm, in coordinating the Left hand and the basic what goes where, when. Will search for clarity and review.
As I am the one who becomes tangled up easily I would like to know which is the one, most essential place on the forum for me to check frequently.
And if anyone else needs basic techno tricks to hook up to transcribe from IMAC I would be most happy to help as I found the pathway. Transcribe is sooooo helpful.

Many thanks and keep on…
Cheryl the tangled one

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love it, hurray…

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HI Cheryl,

Really glad to hear you are finding the forum useful… as the website continues to grow, so will the forum and the idea is to have a ‘library’ or useful info, tips, and other resources to help all students.

I have a tonne of ideas for the forum which I’m trying to find the time to make happen.

Having a few tutors on board should free up some of my time in theory :smile:

Check out the course on Bossa Nova Piano: - this can be a nice style to work on your hand independence.

You will also need to understand rootless voicings, and so perhaps work on those first if they are still new to you. Course here:

That’s wonderful to hear you’re up and running with Transcribe… It’s such a useful piece of software.

Listening and emulating is so important for students, it will do wonders for your playing in the long term Cheryl.


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Great news everyone…

Today we recorded a test lesson with our first new tutor :tada:

I’ve been working towards this moment for the last 2 years and so I’m extremely happy right now! This is the start of a new PianoGroove… A PianoGroove that offers many different styles, insights and perspectives on the art of jazz, blues, latin and more.

I have just finished editing the tester lessons which encompasses many topics from a course on the Minor Blues Progression. It has a special focus on improv and I can’t wait to launch it and introduce you to our new teacher. He’s a wonderfully passionate jazz player and an awesome teacher that perfectly fits in with the style and ethos of PianoGroove tuition.

We’re still finalising the arrangement and how we will be working together, but I’ll see if I can post a preview here tomorrow for you all.

Even more great news…

On Thursday I have a meeting with a talented singer/pianist. She is an amazing talent and from our initial conversation, she is excited and enthusiastic to deliver a course on accompanying a singer and potentially become a long-term PianoGroove teaching partner.

This new initiative has been covered in this forum thread if you’re interested in learning more: Course on Accompanying Singers