YES. Some call me crazy, but I feel strongly about this. Here's my guarantee:
Get the course … and use it.
Go through everything.
Watch the videos, put the material to use and squeeze every benefit you possibly can out of it.
Take a whole year, or as long as you want, and try this stuff out.
And if you’re not convinced this was not the best decision you ever made for your musical life, just let me know and I’ll give you an immediate and cheerful refund. No questions asked, no hassles, no “special instructions,” nothing.
I'll assume all the risk, but I don't mind at all.
My students know I’ve always operated with integrity and I’m happy to do it because I’m 100% confident you’re going to love this course as much as I loved creating it.
So give yourself a chance, and take the course.
You have absolutely nothing to lose ... and everything to gain.
How does the course work?
Conversational Jazz in an eight-week course. New lessons and course material will be released every week, and we'll hold a live Q&A each week where I'll be available to answer any questions and further explain the course material.
The course includes over six hours of video lessons, given by me. Additional course materials include: sheet music examples (but only when necessary and helpful!), and play along tracks with a real live drummer and bass player.
Am I ready for this course? ...How do I know if I'm "good enough?"
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 performance at the Juilliard School, or you took piano lessons as a kid, and always wanted to come back to it, you can do this.
However, if you have zero musical experience or abilities, this course may not be for you. Some basic familiarity with the piano keyboard, and a G major scale, for instance, will be helpful.
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 should I expect from this course? What's the end goal?
Here's the end goal: By the time you're finished with this course, 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 a number of other jazz standards of your choosing. 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.