This lesson demonstrates 10 Hip Hop / Neo Soul / R’n’B Piano Exercise Patterns that focus on different aspects of improving your skill and technique. Learning these in all keys will help you sound like greats like Robert Glasper, Anomalie, Rob Araujo, and others who achieve that modern, improvised neo soul piano sound.
This video teaches you about Robert Glasper’s improvisational style, including hip hop inflections, bebop/chromaticism, sequential improv, and his touch and feel. PDF available for instant download full of exercises in all keys: Click Here for PDF
This short instructional jazz piano tutorial will help you learn to sound like the great Brad Mehldau by showing you some techniques that will help you learn to play melodies or improvise in your left hand while maintaing an ostinato in your right hand.
Here’s another beautiful free transcription from guitarist Gabe Schnider of Django Reinhardt playing “I’ll See You In My Dreams.” This solo is particularly striking as Django arpeggiates his lines, beautifully leading into each following chord. It is easy to forget how “modern” even an early improviser like Django Reinhardt can sound. Any modern musician and soloist can learn a great deal from this transcription. Enjoy!
In this short video, you are walked through a specific type of jazz piano voicing often used by the great pianist McCoy Tyner while comping. These voicings are called Dominant Pentatonic Inversions and if you practice the material from this lesson diligently, you will gain much more facility in your Tyner-esque comping abilities every day. Click the link below for a free PDF version of the exercise in half-steps: