A unique and exciting perspective on learning Jazz and Harmony.
It's online music instruction. Where you want it. When you want it. ZOOM piano classes brought to you by Internationally renowned Jazz pianist and composer, Vlad Girshevich and his team. Vlad has recorded over 20 albums and played with Jazz legends like Eddie Gomez and Bob Berg. He's played solo and in bands in prestigious festivals like the Santa Fe, Vail, and Rostov-on-Don Jazz Festivals and premier music venues from New York to Moscow. While headlining in Aspen, Herbie Hancock heard Vlad playing and subsequently invited him to participate in the Thelonious Monk Institute.
The harmonic language of western music, starting with Bach and all the way to modern Stevie Wonder, also comes down to three principles - major, minor, and dominant seventh chords. Equally, the "language" of martial arts comes down to three principles - push, pull, and twist. That's where Kung Fu Piano was born. Vlad's teaching concept makes the complicated, simple. Curious, see for yourself.
Vlad and his team have synchronized the Kung Fu Piano methodology in three video music lessons. All available right here, online, for FREE. Watch Part 1 for your introduction to a new way to think about learning Jazz and playing music.
Subtitles are available in English and Russian.
Субтитры доступны на Английском и Русском языках.
The lesson continues...
"I see the art of improvising as creating melodies on the spot, rather than merely applying scales. So while improvising, keep in mind the rules of gravity..."
Video 3 is the most important of the Kung Fu Piano series. It unites all three videos into a single concept. After watching, you'll see the full picture. Fellow musicians, it's what you've been waiting for.
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"I had been messing around with music my whole life, but jazz, especially jazz piano, seemed way out of reach for me. Vlad showed me how complex-sounding reharmonizations could be seen as combinations of simple components.
His focus on simple structures led me quickly into the intense sounds I was craving, and at the same time, the constant use of these small component shapes gave me the "basic" harmonic grounding I was missing. Along with close-up training in how to use my hands efficiently, this made a whole world of sound available to me very quickly.
At this point in my life, with a family and a job, there's no way I would have had the time and patience to get where I am today via the "normal" route. Vlad's shortcuts are a unique distillation of a lifetime of experience on stage. I run into things I learned from him in instructional jazz piano books, and they seem overwhelmingly difficult, compared to Vlad's route to the same material.
I'm grateful every day - Vlad turned me from a dabbler into a real musician."
"I had been a classically trained pianist my whole life and I had always been too intimidated to enter the world of jazz. However, Vlad made everything so approachable and engaging! He showed me how basic music theory principles could be used to explain all the harmonies and melodies that made jazz seem so intimidating in the past. With Vlad's unique approach, I was able to understand the theory behind jazz so quickly and clearly!
He gave me the technique and confidence to improvise and the solid foundation to be able to play, love, and understand jazz!"
"Vlad is one of those rare musicians who is both a gifted performer and a fantastic teacher. I came to my first lesson struggling to distinguish the notes I was hearing and left being able to visualize exactly how hands were moving on the piano.
In just one hour Vlad changed how I thought about the piano and my musical ears were transformed. As I listened to Oscar Peterson on my drive home, I realized I knew exactly what he was playing! If I had been by a piano, I could have played the riff myself.
I spent years looking for a teacher who could help graduate from being an intermediate player. If you want to take your playing to the next level, Vlad can show you the way."
See how studying Piao online with Vlad can be even more beneficial than in person.
Whether you're just starting to play or you're a professional musician, Vlad and Kung Fu Piano have something to help you discover.
Vlad has recorded, toured, and taught all over the world.
We'll help you meet all of your music learning goals. Book lessons online securely or lock in your weekly time. It's as easy as clicking a link in your email.
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It's never been easier to learn how to play piano. Vlad works with all ages. Why wait? You've got everything at home.
Kung Fu Piano will help you be the best that you can be.
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