Dr. Bob Lawrence is the founder and President of The Dallas School of Music and JazzPianoSkills. He has dedicated his entire professional career to helping aspiring jazz pianists discover, learn, and play jazz piano. A native of Rock Island, Illinois (located a couple of hours west of Chicago). Dr. Lawrence grew up in a musical family continuously hearing the Dixieland sounds of Bix Beiderbecke, he was destined to be a professional musician from early on. Many gifted and accomplished local jazz musicians were enormously influential during his early years of formation in the Quad-Cities (Al Frandsen, Warren Parrish, and Jack Scott to name just a few). After receiving a Bachelors's degree in music from St. Ambrose University, Dr. Lawrence headed south to attend graduate school at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas). Considered by many the best collegiate jazz program in the world, NTSU (UNT) is where he would have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of learning from jazz legends Dan Haerle, Rich Matteson, and Jack Peterson. During his masters and doctoral studies at the University of North Texas, Dr. Lawrence studied with internationally renowned music education philosopher and sociologist Dr. Hildegard Froehlich. Under her guidance, he conducted extensive research on community music education which was the focus of his dissertation. Dr. Lawrence's passion for teaching, music education, research, and entrepreneurship led to the vision and founding of The Dallas School of Music where he currently serves as President and CEO and has done so for the past 30 years. Dr, Lawrence is also the founder and developer of JazzPianoSkills, a site dedicated to introducing aspiring Jazz Pianists to professional Jazz Piano Skills. From an insightful and motivating educational Jazz Piano Podcast to comprehensive Jazz Piano Courses, along with private online Jazz Piano Lessons, the JPS Program offers something for everyone – from the beginner to the advanced player.
Welcome to JazzPianoSkills; a unique Jazz Piano Program dedicated to introducing aspiring jazz pianists to essential Jazz Piano skills. Each Podcast Episode will help you successfully Discover, Learn, and Play a specific Jazz Piano skill.This Jazz Piano Lesson will help you Discover, Learn, Play the classic jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, "Take the 'A' Train". In this jazz piano lesson you will:Discover: The classic jazz standard "Take the 'A' Train"Learn: How to methodically and successfully practice "Take the 'A' Train" Play: "Take the 'A' Train" using correct chord/arpeggio/scale relationshipsFor maximum musical growth, be sure to download the Podcast Guides for this Jazz Piano Lesson.Illustrations (detailed graphics of Chords, Scales, Arpeggios)Lead Sheets (sheet music with Chords, Scales, Arpeggios)Play Along Tracks (Practice Tips & Rhythm Section playing various tempos)Bundle (get all three Podcast Guides!)All three Podcast Guides are designed to help you gain a functional command of the Whole Tone Scale. The Podcast Guides are invaluable educational tools to have at your side and finger-tips while studying and practicing JazzPianoSkills.You can listen to this Podcast Episode at JazzPianoSkills and have access to the SpeakPipe Widget that allows you to speak immediately and directly to Dr. Bob Lawrence. Ask your questions, get answers, and interact one-on-one with Dr. Lawrence.Episode OUTLINE:DiscoverTake The ‘A’ TrainDuke Ellington/Billy StrayhornTune ArchitectureForm: AABAKey: CChord ProgressionA SectionB SectionLearnChord Changes In Time for "Take the 'A' Train"Left Hand Voicing OnlyTwo-Handed VoicingLearn the Melody for "Take the 'A' Train"Using your ear - no fakebookPlayChord Changes in Left Hand for "Take the 'A' Train" with:With Melody OnlyWith Arpeggios in Right HandWith Scales in Right HandImprovise over the chord changes for "Take the 'A' Train"“A” SectionArpeggios Only (no reference to the melody)Scales Only (no reference to the melody)“B” SectionArpeggios Only (no reference to the melody)Scales Only (no reference to the melody)The entire form of "Take the 'A' Train" usingMelodyArpeggio MotionScale MotionPatternsVisit JazzPianoSkills.com for a comprehensive curriculum of jazz piano courses & lessons exploring essential jazz piano skills used by professional jazz pianists.Thanks for being a JPS Podcast listener.Support the show (https://jazzpianoskills.store/amember/signup/jTVzsu3e)
Welcome to JazzPianoSkills; a unique Jazz Piano Program dedicated to introducing aspiring jazz pianists to essential Jazz Piano skills. Each Podcast Episode will help you successfully Discover, Learn, and Play a specific Jazz Piano skill.This Jazz Piano Lesson will help you Discover, Learn, Play Neighboring Tones. In this jazz piano lessons you will:Discover: Lower and Upper Neighboring TonesLearn: How to use Neighboring Tone as Harmonic Ornamentation Play: Neighboring Tones from various Harmonic Entry PointsFor maximum musical growth, be sure to download the Podcast Guides for this Jazz Piano Lesson.Illustrations (detailed graphics in all 12 keys)Lead Sheets (sheet music for all 12 keys)Play Along Tracks (ensemble assistance and practice tips)Bundle (get all three Podcast Guides!)All three Podcast Guides are designed to help you gain a functional command of the Whole Tone Scale. The Podcast Guides are invaluable educational tools to have at your side and finger-tips while studying and practicing JazzPianoSkills.You can listen to this Podcast Episode at JazzPianoSkills and have access to the SpeakPipe Widget that allows you to speak immediately and directly to Dr. Bob Lawrence. Ask your questions, get answers, and interact one-on-one with Dr. Lawrence.EPISODE OUTLINE:Five Musical FactsMusic Lines (Melody) can only move in two directions: Up or DownMusic Lines (Melody) use only two types of motion: Scales & ArpeggiosFive Primary Sounds of Music12 Notes60 ChordsDemo 1 (Warm-Up)C Minor SoundTarget Notes = Root, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9thDemo 2 (Root)Target Note = Root(LN = B outside ornamentation, UN = D inside ornamentation)Arpeggio/Scale Exit to the 5thDemo 3 (3rd)Target Note = 3rd(LN = D inside ornamentation, UN = F inside ornamentation)Arpeggio/Scale Exit to the 7thDemo 4 (5th)Target Note = 5th(LN = F# outside ornamentation, UN = A inside ornamentation)Arpeggio/Scale Exit to the 9thDemo 5 (7th)Target Note = 7th(LN = A inside ornamentation, UN = C inside ornamentation)Arpeggio/Scale Exit to the 11thDemo 6 (9th)Target Note = 9th(LN = C# outside ornamentation, UN = E outside ornamentation)Arpeggio and Scale Exit to the 13thVisit JazzPianoSkills.com for a comprehensive curriculum of jazz piano courses & lessons exploring essential jazz piano skills used by professional jazz pianists.Thanks for being a JPS Podcast listener.Support the show (https://jazzpianoskills.store/amember/signup/jTVzsu3e)
Welcome to JazzPianoSkills; a unique Jazz Piano Program dedicated to introducing aspiring jazz pianists to essential Jazz Piano skills. Each Podcast Episode will help you successfully Discover, Learn, and Play a specific Jazz Piano skill.This Jazz Piano Lesson will help you Discover, Learn, Play Neighboring Tones. In this jazz piano lessons you will:Discover: Lower and Upper Neighboring TonesLearn: How to use Neighboring Tone as Harmonic Ornamentation Play: Neighboring Tones from various Harmonic Entry PointsFor maximum musical growth, be sure to download the Podcast Guides for this Jazz Piano Lesson.Illustrations (detailed graphics in all 12 keys)Lead Sheets (sheet music for all 12 keys)Play Along Tracks (ensemble assistance and practice tips)Bundle (get all three Podcast Guides!)All three Podcast Guides are designed to help you gain a functional command of the Whole Tone Scale. The Podcast Guides are invaluable educational tools to have at your side and finger-tips while studying and practicing JazzPianoSkills.You can listen to this Podcast Episode at JazzPianoSkills and have access to the SpeakPipe Widget that allows you to speak immediately and directly to Dr. Bob Lawrence. Ask your questions, get answers, and interact one-on-one with Dr. Lawrence.EPISODE OUTLINE:Five Musical FactsMusic Lines (Melody) can only move in two directions: Up or DownMusic Lines (Melody) use only two types of motion: Scales & ArpeggiosFive Primary Sounds of Music12 Notes60 ChordsDemo 1 (Warm-Up)C Minor SoundTarget Notes = Root, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9thDemo 2 (Root)Target Note = Root(LN = B outside ornamentation, UN = D inside ornamentation)Arpeggio/Scale Exit to the 5thDemo 3 (3rd)Target Note = 3rd(LN = D inside ornamentation, UN = F inside ornamentation)Arpeggio/Scale Exit to the 7thDemo 4 (5th)Target Note = 5th(LN = F# outside ornamentation, UN = A inside ornamentation)Arpeggio/Scale Exit to the 9thDemo 5 (7th)Target Note = 7th(LN = A inside ornamentation, UN = C inside ornamentation)Arpeggio/Scale Exit to the 11thDemo 6 (9th)Target Note = 9th(LN = C# outside ornamentation, UN = E outside ornamentation)Arpeggio and Scale Exit to the 13thVisit JazzPianoSkills.com for a comprehensive curriculum of jazz piano courses & lessons exploring essential jazz piano skills used by professional jazz pianists.Thanks for being a JPS Podcast listener.Support the show (https://jazzpianoskills.store/amember/signup/jTVzsu3e)
Welcome to JazzPianoSkills; a unique Jazz Piano Program dedicated to introducing aspiring jazz pianists to essential Jazz Piano skills. Each Podcast Episode will help you successfully Discover, Learn, and Play a specific Jazz Piano skill.This Jazz Piano Lesson will help you Discover, Learn, Play the Symmetrical Altered Whole Tone Scale. In this jazz piano lessons you will:Discover: The Symmetrical Altered Whole Tone ScaleLearn: How to construct the Whole Tone Scale Play: The Whole Tone Scale using various entry and destination pointsFor maximum musical growth, be sure to download the Podcast Guides for this Jazz Piano Lesson.Illustrations (detailed graphics in all 12 keys)Lead Sheets (sheet music for all 12 keys)Play Along Tracks (ensemble assistance and practice tips)Bundle (get all three Podcast Guides!)All three Podcast Guides are designed to help you gain a functional command of the Whole Tone Scale. The Podcast Guides are invaluable educational tools to have at your side and finger-tips while studying and practicing JazzPianoSkills.You can listen to this Podcast Episode at JazzPianoSkills and have access to the SpeakPipe Widget that allows you to speak immediately and directly to Dr. Bob Lawrence. Ask your questions, get answers, and interact one-on-one with Dr. Lawrence.EPISODE OUTLINE:The Whole Tone ScaleTop Ten List of Fun FactsDemo 1C7 Altered 5th6 Entry Points, One ChordOne Scale6 Dominant ChordsDemo 2II-V-I Key of F MajorAscending/DescendingMinor Entry Point = RootDominant Whole Tone ScaleMajor Destination Point = Ascending, 3rdMajor Destination Point = Descending, RootDemo 3II-V-I Key of F MajorAscending/DescendingMinor Entry Point = 3rdDominant Whole Tone ScaleMajor Destination Point = Ascending, 3rdMajor Destination Point = Descending, RootDemo 4II-V-I Key of F MajorAscending/DescendingMinor Entry Point = 5thDominant Whole Tone ScaleMajor Destination Point = Ascending, RootMajor Destination Point = Descending, 3rdDemo 5II-V-I Key of F MajorAscending/DescendingMinor Entry Point = 7thDominant Whole Tone ScaleMajor Destination Point = Ascending, 3rdMajor Destination Point = Descending, 5thVisit JazzPianoSkills.com for a comprehensive curriculum of jazz piano courses & lessons exploring essential jazz piano skills used by professional jazz pianists.Thanks for being a JPS Podcast listener.Support the show (https://jazzpianoskills.store/amember/signup/jTVzsu3e)
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Creator Details

Birthdate
May 23rd, 1961
Location
Dallas, Texas, United States of America
Episode Count
32
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
1 day, 30 minutes