Learn Jazz Piano Fast - A Lifehacker's Guide to Jazz Mastery

Learn 10 Jazz standards in 10 weeks with this science-based Jazz piano program.
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 32 mins
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Welcome Future Jazz Master!

Learn Jazz piano faster than ever – be one of the first to take on this science-based course for Jazz piano on Udemy. Perfect for intermediate to advanced players; designed and taught by Jazz pianist, music cognition specialist, and lifehacker MacLain Christie.

The Goal

Imagine that you’re out at a social gathering. The atmosphere is classy; maybe you have a cocktail in your hand. Out of the corner of your eye you notice a handsome piano alone in the back of the room. Wouldn’t it be smooth if you had the confidence and piano chops to waltz over there and surprise everyone with a beautiful Jazz ballad?

Whether you want to become the unexpected Jazz piano virtuoso, a gigging musician (or a better one), the local favorite at an open-mic jazz club, or you just want to entertain your friends and loved ones, this course will give you the confidence and skills you need to get there.

The Secret to Success

You can go the traditional route and spend thousands of dollars a year on top notch piano lessons. But if you don’t practice, it’s a complete waste of money. That's why the number one goal of this course is to make sure that you actually practice. This is the only way you’re going to massively upgrade your Jazz piano skills. Most piano teachers take your money and don't care if you come back the next week having practiced. Fortunately, I really care. I care so much that I'll actually pay you 30% back if you reach your practice goals. What's better, I've designed this course specifically to make it easier for you to achieve success.

During This Course You'll:

  • Learn 10 Jazz piano standards in 10 weeks
  • Win cash back if you actually practice!
  • Learn an invaluable method for highly efficient piano practice that you can use for the rest of your life
  • Learn the science behind rapid skill acquisition and behavior change
  • Be held accountable for your progress - I want you to win
  • Receive weekly support and check-ins from your instructor
  • Track and review your progress
  • Save thousands of dollars in traditional piano lesson fees


  • Learn how to increase mindfulness for improved piano practice and performance
  • Design your practice space for enhanced focus
  • Plus a couple surprises

Why it Works

A Jazz piano course based in science.

The design of “Learn Jazz Piano Fast” integrates the latest research from cognitive science, behavioral science, and behavioral economics to help you learn faster and stick to a high quality practice regimen. There’s a lot to know about learning and memory, rapid skill acquisition, and behavior change. In this course you’ll use essential principles to optimize your Jazz piano study so that you get the biggest bang for your buck. If you're ready to become the Jazz piano player you've always wanted to be, enroll today!

*Note that a key part of this course is to learn by ear. For this reason there will be no lectures demonstrating how to play. Instead, the goal here is to create more growth in less time by guiding you towards highly focused and productive practice.

What are the requirements?

  • Reliable access to an acoustic piano or a keyboard with weighted keys
  • The ability to commit to at least 60 minutes of daily practice time. (Doesn't have to be consecutive)
  • Existing knowledge of basic music theory
  • A metronome (hardware or software will work)
  • Audacity free audio software
  • Please note that there will be no lectures visually showing you how to play the subject material. It's a key part of this course that you learn how to play the material by ear, even if this is initially difficult for you. If this is VERY difficult for you, then you might not be at the skill level required to get the most out of this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the 10 weeks, you'll be able to play 10 Jazz standards from memory in multiple keys while improvising solos with confidence.
  • You'll have an invaluable method for highly efficient practice that you can use for continued Jazz piano growth long after this course is over
  • You'll earn the confidence to play with other musicians, to get paid gigs, and to entertain all sorts of people
  • You'll be able to more easily pick out tunes and play by ear. The Jazz greats learned and played by ear, you can too.

What is the target audience?

  • Intermediate to advanced piano players who are "stuck" and want to get to the next level
  • Classically trained pianists who are looking to switch or add Jazz to their skill set
  • Piano players who want to hold their own with other skilled musicians
  • Piano players who want to build an expansive Jazz repertoire for all purposes

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
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: Getting Started
Welcome to The Lifehacker's Guide to Jazz Piano! Continue on to learn how to prepare for the 10 week challenge.
This lecture will give you what you need to prepare for your 10 week challenge. Use the included check list to make sure you've got everything.
Please click the link in this lecture's resources to submit your Pledge of Commitment
Section 2: The Science
In this lecture I cover two of the biggest myths about habit formation. We'll go into more detail about how you can actually change behaviors effectively in the next lecture.
Here we discuss BJ Fogg's Behavior Model so that we can understand why we do what we do. We can apply our new understanding of behavior change to this challenge to help you increase your chance of Jazz piano success.
Now that we know how to change our behavior and build habits, we want to do so more efficiently and quickly. This is where the principles of rapid skill acquisition come in.
Section 3: The Challenge
Download the include Practice Method guide to use during your 10 week challenge. This plan is designed with all of what we learned about behavior change and rapid skill acquisition in mind.

Listen to the audio recordings and sing along. Only until you have the tune memorized in your head should you then begin to learn it with your right hand, then your left hand. Pay attention to articulation and rhythm.


Now learn the melody in all keys using the Circle of 5ths. Be very

deliberate in each key, right hand and left hand both separately and together.


Learn the root progression by listening to the bass in the audio.

Then, add in the rest, in particular the 3rds and 7ths of each chord. Finally, arpeggiate the chords in your left hand and play the corresponding scales in you right hand as you go.


Choose a short part of a solo in the audio to learn. Pay very close

attention to articulation, and add in the bass notes while you play.


Develop your Jazz piano language by transposing the solo you learned yesterday to 12 keys using the Cirlce of 5ths.


Today, practice playing the song in it's entirety. Play the melody in the right hand with the corresponding changes in the left, then solo over the form. Be creative with your practice here.


Use your phone or a voice recorder to record yourself playing through the song's head, then improvising once over the form, the return to the head. Submit a link to your recording to the Facebook group or to MacLain directly.


These are some added lifehacks for sticking to this challenge.

Review of What We've Learned
Section 4: Finish Line
Thank you so much for making it to the end of this 10 week Jazz piano practice challenge! Make sure that if you were successful with your pledge of commitment to now treat yourself. And if you checked in to 100% of the practices and submitted a recording each week, then you'll be getting your 30% back. Finally, before you go, please take 5 minutes to fill out the included feedback form. I'd love to hear what you thought about the course. It's super important so that this and future LIfehacker Guides can become the best they can be. Now go practice!

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Instructor Biography

MacLain Christie, Musician, coach, and lifehacker

MacLain Christie is a behavior change coach and lifehacker extraordinaire who travels the world while running startup social enterprises. He has been playing piano for 19 years and studied Jazz piano at the Eastman School of music. With an additional background in brain & cognitive sciences, he helps his clients understand their own cognition to take leaps forward in life and work. He also coaches clients in productivity, fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness.

Aside from being a musician, he is also an IRONMAN competitor, a radio host, and could have been a participant in the Miss Teen USA pageant due to an error by the recruiters.

MacLain continuously pushes the limits of his mind and body in search of optimal performance. The belief that every person deserves to thrive drives his mission to help others achieve the best life possible.

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