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Tutorials referenced in How To Really… and other resources

Below is a full index of videos relevant to my book, How To Really Play The Piano. All the videos are hosted on YouTube and completely free to watch – so if you’re wondering whether to buy the book, why not check out some of the videos first? The blues improvisation and introduction to comping series should give you a flavour of the style!

The list below is divided into three sections: first, the video tutorials specific to each part of the book; second, some bonus videos that build on the material in the book and offer extra examples; and third, links to videos of some of the performances I reference in the book.

Videos marked with an asterisk (*) were created before the book was written, and don’t contain specific page refs.

Main tutorials

Intro: Getting started and some thoughts about practice
Part 1: Really basic harmony 1
Part 1: Really basic harmony 2
Part 1: Really basic harmony 3
Part 1: Understanding the dominant seventh
Part 1: Chord resolution 1: dominant, subdominant and tonic
Part 2: Chord resolution 2: strong and weak resolution
Part 1: How chord progressions work
Part 1: More complex chords 1: 6 and m7
Part 1: More complex chords 2: maj7
Part 1: More complex chords 3: 9, maj9, m9
Part 1: More complex chords 4: sus/sus4
Part 1: More complex chords 5: augmenteds
Part 1: More complex chords 6: diminisheds
Part 1: Understanding bass voicings

Part 2: Playlist of blues tutorials

Part 3: Introduction to comping
Part 3: Comping early pop/jazz, part 1
Part 3: Comping early pop/jazz, part 2
Part 3: Comping more recent pop (parts 1 and 2)

Appendix: Intervals explained

Bonus videos

There are many extra videos on my YouTube channel page. They include extra tutorials, plus answers to questions people send me. Right now there are 200+ videos on there, and I add new ones reasonably often. Click here to visit the page.

Here are five of the most popular:

Easy Piano Improv: The 4 Minute Jazz Piano Tutorial
Piano chords basics – make your progressions flow
Pentatonic scales for improvisation – piano tutorial
A rhythm exercise for pop piano comps
Piano chords for beginners: learn four chords to play hundreds of songs

Performances mentioned in the book

Nerina Pallot – Geek Love This isn’t the best version available, but several of Pallot’s YouTube vids have been removed recently. If you can find it, there’s a superb version called “Geek Love Live” which is just Pallot in a studio with a piano. This version is still pretty good.

Nerina Pallot – I Don’t Want To Go Out. Song starts about three minutes in.

Tori Amos – Winter.

Ben Folds – Landed. Complex and rhythmical – brilliant stuff.

Ben Folds (with Guster) – Not The Same. Listen to the rhythm! I love this song.

Jerry Lee Lewis – Whole Lotta Shakin’ – not as hard as he makes it look. Check out the glissandi.

Stevie Wonder – Superstition

Fat Boy Slim – Praise You. No keyboard shots, but a great example of a piano loop.

REM – Nightswimming. Fantastic semi-looped piano part.

Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me. If you want to see a really incredible version – albeit one that doesn’t use the vamp I describe in this book – check out this one, with some of the most incredible quasi-classical improvisation you’ll ever see. Bravo!

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