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[MUSIC]
Hi, I'm George Whitty,
welcome to
the Artist Works Jazz Piano School.
I am the professor here, if you would.
And when I began to get into jazz,
it really just grabbed me by the ear and
kind of compelled me to play.
But there were next to no
resources available for
me in the town where I grew up in Oregon.
And I kind of fumbled my way through for
a few years until I got to Boston
when I got out of high school,
and people started showing me what I call
the physics principles of playing jazz,
which are just these very simple ideas
that took everything I was working on,
put it in sync.
And I'm still playing that stuff today and
I've been playing on stages with
the Braker Brothers, and
David Sanborn and Herbie Hancock.
All kind of based on these real simple
ideas that took my good instincts, and
my desire and fashioned them into a very
fluid style of playing I'm really
thrilled to be bringing this to the artist
work's approach, because this offers
a whole bunch of things that I've never
seen available before in jazz instruction.
When I was taking lessons I would
go to the teacher's house or
I would go to the teacher's
room in college.
He'd show me this stuff I disappear for
a week.
Some of it I might remember,
some of it I might not remember.
I certainly wouldn't be able to recall
it exactly as it was shown to me,
with his touch and
his fingering and so forth.
Artist work lets you access the lessons
over and over and over again if you like,
and at anytime at your own convenience,
and at your own pace.
They other thing that's really great,
there's many things about it,
but is the video exchanges.
If you think you've got something going
that I've shown you send me a video and
I will get right back to you
with my own video exchange.
I will record a response for
you and send that along.
The other great thing about the video
exchanges is that as I do them and
you send me things and I respond.
That becomes something that anyone can
look at and learn from which really
creates kind of a classroom environment
here, that's what we're trying to do.
Where other people are seeing new angles
on things that you might not be seeing
that I might not be seeing, and everybody
can access that and learn from it.
Which is really great,
we're creating kind of community here.
Use the chat feature,
use the forum, communicate back and
forth with me and
we'll both learn from each other.
There are lessons in this course for
everyone from someone who has
never tried to play jazz before,
all the way up to people who are already
playing fairly sophisticated.
I would encourage you to start at the
beginning, because even in lesson three,
we're getting your hands
right on the piano,
making something that sounds like jazz.
The principal that we're talking
about in this first chunk of lessons
is something that we're going to be
expanding on throughout the course.
So it's well worth your while to take
a look for example, at why I am in love
with the eight note scale,
rather then the seven note mode.
Some lessons you may find easy,
some lessons you may find that you need
to work on for a long time to master.
My approach to that is lets be thankful
that it takes a long time to master
because otherwise your accountant
would be a pianist, and
not an accountant, and
then you'd have to do your own taxes.
So let's dig in here.
These lessons are really
designed to propel you along and
keep you highly motivated.
We've got these great playalong tracks,
3 or 400 of these things, so
that when you're practicing
you're playing with a band,
which I think is great experience
a bassist and a drummer.
In a bunch of keys,
on a bunch of different things.
So let's dig right in.
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