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The first exercise.
You can record your own playing using a variety of different programs or apps. For this course, I particularly recommend Soundcloud.

  • Soundcloud is a free service but you will need to create an account, if you don’t have one already.
  • Once you have logged in, you can upload your recording.
  • To link your recording to those from other learners on the course use the tag #FLjazzpiano when filling in the Basic Info tab and post a link in the course comments area.

Week 1 Exercise

Play 3 choruses of “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be”, playing four chords to the bar in the left hand and in the right hand.

  • Chorus 1: play tune
  • Chorus 2: improvise use American blues scale
  • Chorus 3: play tune

Then, upload your recording to Soundcloud and post a link in the comments of this step. Remember to listen to and comment on other learners’ efforts as well.

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