PIANO INSPIRATION SERIES - SEASON 5 | Woody Piano Shack | Skillshare

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PIANO INSPIRATION SERIES - SEASON 5

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5 Lessons (1h 16m)
    • 1. SEASON 5 INTRO

      0:50
    • 2. SE05EP01 AMAZING GRACE GOSPEL STYLE

      21:11
    • 3. SE05EP02 AWESOME POP PROGRESSIONS WITH SCALE OF CHORDS

      17:06
    • 4. SE05EP03 SHELL VOICINGS IN A NUTSHELL

      19:34
    • 5. SE05EP04 MODAL JAZZ WITH SO WHAT

      17:00
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The PIANO INSPIRATION SERIES is my platform for sharing the knowledge I’ve learned during 40 years of playing piano, keys and synth. We cover piano lessons on a variety of topics such as theory and technique, song breakdowns and genres such as pop, blues, boogie, jazz and gospel. The goal is to give you new creative ideas, broaden your repertoire and above all bring a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction to your playing.

In SEASON 5 we explore the following topics -

AMAZING GRACE GOSPEL STYLE

One of the most well known and beloved songs in the world is Amazing Grace. We'll discuss the story of this tune before deep diving into to an analysis of the chords and melody. I'll show you how I play the song in a gospel and blues influenced style.

AWESOME POP PROGRESSIONS WITH SCALE OF CHORDS

Ever wondered how to come up with chord progressions for pop tunes? In this lesson we'll demonstrate a number of very popular pop and classical chord progressions. I'll teach you about the scale of chords, or the diatonic chords of the major scale. We'll discuss the relationship between the chords and how they are commonly used to make pop songs.

SHELL VOICINGS IN A NUTSHELL

The shell voicing is a vital foundation for playing and voicing jazz chords. Before learning advanced chords with upper extensions like 9ths, 13ths and altered chords we need to understand and get a good grasp of shell voicings. In this lesson I'll explain how shell voicings work and how to construct them. I'll demonstrate how well they work for common chord progressions and we'll use them to play through the lead sheet for "Satin Doll" by Duke Ellington.

MODAL JAZZ WITH SO WHAT

Let's explore and enjoy the wonderful Miles Davis and Bill Evans composition "So What" from the best selling album "Kind Of Blue". This is a modal jazz tune and I'll show you how to play the bassline and the famous "So What Voicing" for the minor 7th chords. We'll also cover improvisation, timing and how to get a good groove and feel. This is a relatively easy jazz tune that is a lot of fun and very rewarding to play.

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Woody Piano Shack

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Hello, and welcome to Piano Shack, with me Woody!

I run the popular YouTube channel Woody Piano Shack about piano and music technology. Skillshare is where I share my premium piano lessons, the PIANO INSPIRATON SERIES.

These are lessons aimed at beginner and intermediate players but also with some advanced topics for experience pianists. Each video lesson is a standalone topic designed to broaden your repertoire, inject new creative ideas into your playing, improve your technique and music theory knowledge whilst bringing you a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment.

So far, the PIANO INSPIRATION SERIES totals over 6 hours of lessons on 19 different topics.

I've been playing piano and keyboards professionally for over 30 years and look forward to sharing my k... See full profile

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1. SEASON 5 INTRO: Welcome to the piano inspiration series with me, Woody. In season 5, we are going to step it up with some more advanced concepts for the intermediate plays. Amongst them, I will show you how to take the basic chords of Amazing Grace and add a gospel piano style. Ever wondered about the most popular chord progressions used in pop music? Well, let's talk about the scale of codes and how they are used by songwriters. If you want to know how to read a jazz lead sheet and make it through the gauge in the easiest possible way. Then I have the secret for you. Finally, I wanted to share with you how to play modal jazz tunes like so what? Happy practicing.