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Exciting News! Just Released!
I have just released a new course called: HymnSkills: Developing Hymn Improvisation. This course is intended to help church pianists develop the skills necessary to improvise on hymns. For more info, click HERE.
Just received word that Martan Mann & Mannkind is now available as a station on Pandora. It’s currently playing tracks from Beatlejazz. Hope you can check it out.
“Hi Martan ! Thank you for your course and video lessons. They have been extremely useful to me. I now use your approach when playing. At the moment I’m playing each week in the State Library centre in Adelaide (South Australia) and it is certainly giving me new musical freedom.” Stephen
My new site is JazzThought.com. This is a great discussion blog where you can ask me questions on jazz, music and improv.
This site grew out of over 80 JazzThoughts that I have placed on Twitter and Facebook and many questions that friends and students have asked me over the years.. You can also view the JazzThoughts there and ask questions about them.
I hope you will visit this site often and participate with your comments. I’m looking forward to conversing with you.
My private teaching schedule is going ahead full-force at home in Boulder Creek and at West Valley Music in Mt. View! Contact me for a free interview. My personal students (who take at least two lessons a month) will receive free access to JazzSkills for Piano.
It’s one thing to improvise. But, what happens when your improv gets boring, stale and repetitive? What are some ways to “restart the engine”? In my own personal playing, I’m always looking for ways to “renew the spark”. I realize that my best improv is when I literally