There are cocktail piano techniques in our store that serve a variety of needs. Let's face it now: each person who arrives here has specific ideas about how he or she wants to excel. That said, what are yours? What specifically do you want to improve? Your reason for arriving here is different than the next person's. Trust me... I get that.
Let's consider something here. Imagine that you were in a public place where an awesome pro cocktail player was performing. Three or four pianists including yourself make their way to his side as he improvises over a chorus of Erroll Garner's Misty. You're all gazing with curiosity as uses certain cocktail piano techniques in a fashion that seem to be his alone. The guy is good and has earned the respect of all of you.
That happened to be his last tune of the evening and he's ready to wrap up. One of your sidekicks asks him a question about a chord voicing he was playing during the last chorus. He demonstrates it for him and explains a little more. One thing leads to another and you're all asking questions. His generosity leads to everyone learning something. He slowly plays through that last eight measures and explains what he is doing.
The interesting thing is that each of you have different playing backgrounds and levels of experience. But you each took in something different from his demonstration. From the player with the least amount of playing history to the one who was more advanced, there was benefit in that eight-measure tutorial for all involved.
I personally was fortunate to take part in experiencing such demonstrations presented by some really exceptional pro players. Believe me, it's value is irreplaceable. That is what inspired the tutorials that I have prepared for you. As a matter of fact, I created the majority of video sessions available in the store in this manner. I wanted to capture the essence of such an experience. I wanted to create "over-my-shoulder" tutorials that one could grow with. As you advance, you can view each of them again and again as you gain more and more insights as you proceed.
"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." - Buddhist proverb
It's true whether you are reading a book, listening to an instructor, or watching a video... repeated exposure to a specific lesson will reveal more to you as you become ready for it. Our focus changes as we mature and develop. I want these sessions to be that way for you. I know others have enjoyed benefiting from them in this manner because they've shared their results with me, for which I am grateful.
With all this being the case, I did create some sessions specifically for those with minimal cocktail playing experience. The cocktail piano techniques in such videos are less demanding and allow one to incorporate one or two ideas at a time into their playing.
With these lessons, cocktail piano techniques are generally demonstrated within the context of song excerpts. It is typically assumed that you are able to play a melodic line and can play some chords, whether you are reading or playing by ear. If you need more basic reading help, contact me using the form below and I will direct you to some helpful resources. If you are new at playing chords and would like to explore, there are some sessions devoted to playing triads and 7th chords here as well. Whatever your level, there is something here for you.
At this point, I would like to suggest that you join me here to explore some options for getting started