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  • 10:02 BillHiltonBiz - Piano improvisation: back to basics

    BillHiltonBiz - Piano improvisation: back to basics

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    http://bit.ly/billsbook In this tutorial I step back and take a broad look of some basics of piano improvisation - useful if you're a new subscriber, or if you're feeling a bit lost with some of the more technical videos! In particular, I deal with a ques

  • 07:40 BillHiltonBiz - Piano broken chords for the left hand

    BillHiltonBiz - Piano broken chords for the left hand

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    http://bit.ly/billsbook Broken chords - also known as arpeggios - are very useful for building quick comps for slow, ballad-type songs. In this video tutorial I look at how to put them together and some of the problems you might run into. The beauty of br

  • 12:08 BillHiltonBiz - Using your piano's sustain pedal

    BillHiltonBiz - Using your piano's sustain pedal

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    http://bit.ly/billsbookIn this video tutorial I look at how to use your piano's sustain pedal (sometimes, wrongly, called the "loud pedal"). You can use the sustain pedal both to help smooth out your playing and for some interesting effects. However, it's

  • 08:29 BillHiltonBiz - Piano chords basics - make your progressions flow

    BillHiltonBiz - Piano chords basics - make your progressions flow

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    http://bit.ly/billsbook Playing piano chords effectively in comps and improvisations is all about choosing the right inversions and voicings to make progressions flow smoothly. When you first start learning chords, it's very easy and tempting to play them

  • 02:33 BillHiltonBiz - Hammond organ improvisation technique

    BillHiltonBiz - Hammond organ improvisation technique

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    http://bit.ly/billsbookThis video tutorial is a bit different! Quite a few people have been asking me for tips on how to play Hammond-style organ - so here you go! The main thing to bear in mind, as with any organ, is that there's absolutely no sustain (a

  • 10:23 BillHiltonBiz - Piano improvisation exercise - minor pentatonic

    BillHiltonBiz - Piano improvisation exercise - minor pentatonic

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    http://bit.ly/billsbook Building on my last tutorial about pentatonic improvisation on the piano, in this video I look at the minor pentatonic scale, along with an improvisation exercise you can use it with.

  • 11:30 BillHiltonBiz - Flat ninths and tritone substitutions

    BillHiltonBiz - Flat ninths and tritone substitutions

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    http://bit.ly/billsbook Flat ninths and tritone substitutions are useful piano chords, especially if you're interested in playing jazz. Both are solutions to the problem of straightforward dominant (or dominant seventh) to tonic resolution, which can soun

  • 07:18 BillHiltonBiz - Two-chord piano improvisation

    BillHiltonBiz - Two-chord piano improvisation

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    http://bit.ly/billsbook A quick video about how you can create interesting piano improvisations based on just a couple of chords - in this case, Am7 and Fmaj7. The wider point is that experimentation - playing around on the piano to see what you can do -

  • 16:42 BillHiltonBiz - Five interesting piano performances

    BillHiltonBiz - Five interesting piano performances

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    http://bit.ly/billsbookI've got pretty sore hands at the moment, so this video is a discussion of other people playing the piano. They are: Lady Gaga, Nina Simone, Alfred Brendel, Olga Kern and Jools Holland.

  • 09:37 BillHiltonBiz - Learning piano chord positions (plus a pentatonic tip)

    BillHiltonBiz - Learning piano chord positions (plus a pentatonic tip)

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    In this tutorial I look at a quick way of learning a variety of chord positions quickly on the piano keyboard. The technique basically involves using broken chord shapes with left-hand, right-hand and hands together. As with most piano exercises, the secr

  • 10:36 BillHiltonBiz - Building seventh chords on the piano keyboard

    BillHiltonBiz - Building seventh chords on the piano keyboard

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    In this piano tutorial I look at how to take the natural chords of a key and extend them by a seventh, using a simple technique on the piano keyboard. It all comes down to understanding how basic chords are constructed using thirds.

  • 14:03 BillHiltonBiz - 16-bar stride piano exercise

    BillHiltonBiz - 16-bar stride piano exercise

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    http://bit.ly/billsbook An exercise that helps develop left hand independence and control on the piano by playing around with a stride bass. This is a useful one if you want to improve the accuracy of your left hand, even if you're not that interested in

  • 10:44 BillHiltonBiz - Split chords on the piano - some basics

    BillHiltonBiz - Split chords on the piano - some basics

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    A quick overview of how you can use split chords on the piano to work up quick comps and improvisation. Splits are also particularly useful for songwriting, and are great for creating very impressive looking effects on the piano without massive effort.As

  • 08:41 BillHiltonBiz - Piano improvisation exercise in C (with easy left hand!)

    BillHiltonBiz - Piano improvisation exercise in C (with easy left hand!)

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    http://bit.ly/billsbookFirst video on my new Nord Piano 88! Anyway, this one is a quick C major improvisation exercise which isn't super easy with both hands together, but it does have a dead simple left - which means you can focus on getting the patters

  • 27:44 BillHiltonBiz - Piano improvisation detailed walkthrough

    BillHiltonBiz - Piano improvisation detailed walkthrough

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    http://bit.ly/billsbookIn this tutorial I'm experimenting with some different techniques for showing you exactly what I'm doing on the piano. The basis of it is the piano improvisation exercise I covered in the last tutorial. Feedback would be very useful

  • 11:17 BillHiltonBiz - Choosing and using piano chord fingerings

    BillHiltonBiz - Choosing and using piano chord fingerings

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    http://bit.ly/billsbook This tutorial looks at chord fingering in general, including how to break away from limiting 1-3-5 chord fingerings in favour of approaches that offer greater flexibility and comfort at the keyboard. If you're playing classical mus

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