is a continuing series of tutorials for pianists written by Dean Slocum.
Tutorials 1 and 2 are downloadable without charge as PDFs at the bottom
of this page.
How to create piano/keyboard
parts from simple chord charts in various commercial and jazz styles.
Anyone studying this series will also gain arranging and compositional
Offer helpful tips for use in everyday performing or recording situations.
Professional pianists/keyboardists or anyone who uses keyboards for
accompanying a vocalist
- Embellish chords with altered notes and extensions in context with
- Add passing chords to follow an instrumental or vocal melody.
- Think like an arranger to create parts that work well with what
the vocalist or ensemble is doing.
Format: STEP ONE
tutorial begins with a chord chart and minimal instructions:
whether it is to be played as an accompaniment or a solo
chords used are spelled in root position along with a few voicing
notated version with text explaining the musical and rhythmic choices
FOUR, FIVE, ETC.
There will often be additional alternate approaches to the original
There may also be a second chord chart to help explain the topic more
To download, click on a lesson: tutorial
2 For complete solo piano arrangements of "jazzy"
hymns and other jazz arrangements, please visit the Music
Library. It's all free of charge!
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