The Challenge

There is no shortage of jazz instruction – from YouTube videos on jazz, to jazz piano books, paid subscriptions, and private jazz piano lessons. THE CHALLENGE is how to apply all this information in a way that helps us absorb it, utilize it, and become more expressive, confident, and competent musicians.

From a lifetime of study and practice, I have developed a strategy for doing exactly that. I’ve assembled many of these ideas into a jazz piano method book called The Road to Aqaba – Practice Strategies for the Jazz Pianist, which has been my main teaching text for the last ten years.

This is really where the “rubber meets the road” as the saying goes. Or maybe, where the snow shovel meets the road. Let me give you some backstory…