Meet your instructor, legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock. For Herbie, music is more than the notes you play. Learn how to open your mind—and ears—to the real story.
2. A Human Approach to Music
For Herbie, music is more than the notes you play. Learn how to open your mind—and ears—to the real story.
Don't let improvisation intimidate you. Herbie’s approach starts with the simplest of ideas: Listen, then react.
4. Learning by Listening
Herbie taught himself to play jazz by playing along with his favorite records. Learn how to use his methods to accompany the music you love.
5. The Two Basic Jazz Forms
Countless jazz tunes are built around one of two simple harmonic patterns. Practice Herbie’s licks and improv ideas, and discover new opportunities to use them.
6. Listen and Learn: "Oleo"
Listen, practice, and play along with Herbie’s solo performance of Sonny Rollins's standard, a classic example of rhythm changes.
7. Piano Basics
Herbie breaks down the fundamentals of piano playing.
8. Piano Exercises
Build speed and strength in your fingers with the exercises that have helped Herbie most.
9. Improvising Alone
Playing alone means you’re free to play any way you want. Learn how Herbie breaks the rules of melody, rhythm, and harmony to infuse his solo performances with creativity.
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