November 13, 2022

“Christmas Time Is Here” has always been on my top 10 list of most beautiful Christmas songs. It has a beautiful melody, and an awesome chord progression. So I decided to write a piano solo arrangement for intermediate piano players.  Watch the video Check out my performance of the arrangement posted below.   Tip: You can buy

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October 20, 2022

Jingle Bells For Jazz PianoI always loved this Christmas song. So when a few of my piano students asked me about sheet music for it, it inspired me to create two jazzy solo piano versions, one for intermediate pianists (with smaller hands) and an other one for more advanced players (with bigger hands).  Click to

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September 25, 2022

What is the Blues Scale? There are those that argue that there are actually two blues scales: The Major Blues Scale (degrees 1, 2, b3(#9), 3, 5, 6), which is based on the major pentatonic scale (1, 2, 3, 5, 6) with an added blue note (b3=#9) The Minor Blues Scale ((degrees 1, b3(#9), 3,

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December 2, 2021

What Are Blues Licks? Let’s first talk about what musicians mean with the term “lick”. A lick is a short musical phrase used in blues and jazz music that can be repeated and applied to specific chords and genres. Every andvanced blues and jazz musician has its favorite set of “licks”. Those sets of licks

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July 13, 2019

"Imagine" by John Lennon – Solo Piano Version by Thomas GuntherWatch this video on YouTube What you will learn In this article I show you my analysis of my solo piano arrangement of Imagine by John Lennon, one of my favorite pop songs! How I arranged the song Imagine for Solo Piano I thought it might interest you

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August 3, 2018

Why this song? Just The Way You Are is a famous pop ballad by Billy Joel that features a beautiful chord progression that is worth exploring. The quality and function of the chords are very jazzy and unusually sophisticated for a pop song. Bottom line – there is a lot we can learn from, especially

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