Master jazz piano

How to play like Oscar Peterson
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  • Lectures 31
  • Contents Video: 2.5 hours
    Other: 2 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2014 English

Course Description

This course exists to help you to master jazz piano.

Suitable for all standards, from aspiring beginners to accomplished advanced players, this course contains extensive training and insights on all aspects of jazz piano. In particular, this course teaches students how to de-construct and model the playing of the great jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson, as a central case study of how to learn and master jazz piano.

The course is taught primarily through numerous instructional videos, and includes additional audio and written materials. Prior knowledge of music and harmony, as well as reading written music, is not required. The course is structured in such a way that students can review the curriculum and begin wherever is most appropriate to their standard.

The course can be worked through at your own pace; whether covering several hours a day intensively, or working through a lecture every couple of weeks. The course is continually expanding as new lectures and resources are added, making this a truly lifelong resource for anyone passionate about jazz.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need access to a piano or keyboard on which to practise, if you want to get the most out of this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course, you will be playing jazz piano at a markedly higher level to when you begun.
  • By the end of this course, you will have a detailed knowledge of the different components of playing masterful jazz piano.
  • By the end of this course, you will have a detailed understanding of how to practise and develop your mastery of each component of jazz piano.

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone passionate about jazz piano.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Welcome! An introduction and overview to the course.

Section 2: Habits and practices for jazz mastery

Two foundational techniques to use over and over again.


A simple but astonishingly powerful way to accelerate musical development.


Two drills for melodic and rhythmic development, as well as two fantastic techniques for developing melodic lines whilst improvising.


This lecture covers basic building blocks of crafting great piano solos.


How to find free backing tracks, and how to practise with them.

Section 3: The left hand
Section 4: Learning from the other great jazz pianists

Key learning points from Bill Evans' playing.


Note down the distinctives of the style of Bill Evans.

Section 5: Melody

Oscar Peterson's playing was built firmly on the blues. Here's how to build a firm blues foundation in your playing too.

Blues licks and building blocks (1)

Watch this video and note how frequently licks and riffs are incorporated within a larger music picture. Watch the video a second time whilst at a piano and pause it every few seconds to try to transcribe licks and riffs that you particularly appreciate.

Scales and modes

A deconstruction of Oscar Peterson's trademark ascending and descending runs on the piano.


A deconstruction of Oscar Peterson's sometimes complex 'sideways' runs at the piano.


How to play melodic lines with vigour and 'punch', by developing an understanding of 'internal' rhythms.


Licks are the basic vocabulary you use to craft melodic lines; Oscar Peterson had numerous licks he employed. Here's how to learn some of his and develop your own.


One of the things Oscar Peterson was most famous for was the way he played with both hands together at the piano. Here's how to practise that skill.


Particularly when playing solo piano, how to think about right and left hand.

Section 6: Harmony

How to voice your left hand chords.


How to substitute and outline left hand chords.

Chord outlines ('shells')
Chord substitutions
Block chords
Section 7: Rhythm

Note the distinctives of latin jazz piano playing (particularly bossa nova) in this video.

Internal rhythm and displacement
Section 8: Technique development

Oscar Peterson was emphatic that pianists must continue to develop their technique. Here's how.


Excellent sources of Oscar Peterson transcriptions.


How to play block chords.


Enjoy this video and note the various techniques that Oscar Peterson is employing, particularly in the first section whilst playing solo piano.


This lecture is a summary of three essential things to keep working on as a jazz pianist. Whatever else you do, work on these things and you will make progress as fast as possible.

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Instructor Biography

Best Thought Ltd., Management consultants

A UK-based management consultancy, Best Thought Ltd., is uniquely positioned to teach a diverse methodology drawn from chaos theory, non-linear strategy, behavioural economics, productivity, organisational leadership, ethics, jazz improvisation (one of our consultants holds the ALCM diploma in jazz piano) and best-practice management. We have a passion for helping organisations become twice as simple and twice as smart.

We bring a tri-sector perspective to the table, having worked within charitable, public, and private sectors in the past (including leading a team of researchers, engineers, and designers to produce a neurosurgical device prototype). The Best Thought team will give you experienced coaching and engaging teaching. Let's get started!

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