Yes. Here's how confident I am that you can succeed with this course. Read my personal guarantee:
Buy the course, and use it. Take as much time as you like. There's no rush. If you're not 100% satisfied, I will:
1. Refund your money.
2. Send you a $50 gift card to the restaurant of your choice.
That's right. I'm willing to take the risk for both of us. If I'm wrong about the course, you win. Go and have dinner on me.
Is this course for me? How can I know?
The beauty of jazz is that once you understand the basic building blocks, you can make this music your own, regardless of your caliber. Whether you're a PhD in classical music at the Juilliard School, or took piano lessons as a kid, and always wanted to return to it, I'll show you how to break this music down, and get you playing right away. Contrary to popular belief, the "nuts and bolts" of jazz are no different than any other style of music. We just apply them a little ... differently. I'll show you exactly what I mean in the first chapter.
This course is for you if:
- You've taken some music lessons in the past, but always wanted to get into jazz.
- You're a classically trained musician, but never learned to improvise.
- You've got some chops, but it's been a while. You're ready to get playing again.
- You've always wanted to play jazz, but didn't think you had it in you. But you're sick and tired of self-doubt (that was me).
This course is NOT for you if:
- You're a total beginner, with literally no musical knowledge or experience.
- You're Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, or a total jazz STUD who's already won multiple Grammys.
What all is included in the course? How long is it?
Conversational Jazz in an eight-week course that includes over 40 videos, along with backing tracks and supplemental PDFs. But you can take as long as you need. There's no expiration date on the course, so you're free to work at the pace that's right for you. You'll receive lifetime access to everything. I'll release new lessons each week, and hold a live Q&A session every Wednesday night where I'll be available in real time to answer any questions that come up.
One of the things that makes this course so unique are the weekly live Q&As. That's because I'm not content to just send you the lessons and walk away. I want to be there to help you through them, and answer any questions that come up. It's important to me that this material works for you. I'm aware of no other course that does this.
How much time will I need to spend practicing?
That's up to you. Since the course includes lifetime access, you can take this material entirely at your own pace. I've personally found that the most progress is achieved in blocks of 30-60 minutes. Too much practice quickly diminishes returns, so we'll focus on quality practice time over quantity.
What's the end goal? How far can I really get in 8 weeks?
Here's the end goal: By the time you're finished with this course – whether it takes you 8 weeks or 8 years – you'll be able to sit down at the piano, or in a jazz combo, and improvise your own rendition of Autumn Leaves, a 12-bar jazz blues, and get started on other jazz standards of your choosing. You'll know how to play with in a combo, accompany a horn player, or play these tunes completely by yourself. I'm going to give you the important building blocks to form your own sentences, think for yourself, and create your own music.
I've never done an online course before. How "techy" do I need to be?
If you can check your email, you can take this course. It's very user friendly.
Is the course only for pianists, or does it apply to other instruments?
This course is for all instruments, although musical examples will be played on the piano (since that's my gig). Whether you play the saxophone, bass, or any other instrument, the building blocks are the same. Side note: All the best jazz musicians I've worked with have some degree of piano chops. It's simply the best way to understand chords, harmony, etc.
You'll be able to take all this material and apply it to your own instrument. And by the end, you'll have improved your keyboards skills considerably. Remember, nobody ever regretted learning piano :-)
Is this course suitable for kids?
Absolutely, although kids younger that 12 may need some supervision from their teacher. It's G-rated (promise), and many kids will eat this stuff up. A big inspiration for this course has been conversations I've had over the years with piano teachers who want to teach jazz to their students, but don't know where to start. If that describes you, take this course.