"Have You Met Miss Jones" 10 Tips
In this series, 10 tips, I will give use a song to demonstrate and teach improvisation and reharmonization techniques. This first lesson, we will use the classic "Have You Met Miss Jones" to discuss different approaches to improvisation.
2-5-1 Essentials
In this important lesson for ALL styles, we will talk about the core ingredients of a 2-5-1 progression and chord voicings. Once you understand these core concepts, it is easier to add upon them to create richer and fuller voicings. We will also discuss voice-leading and show you how to smoothly move between chords. There will be a followup to this lesson with several progression examples.
4 Step Standards Mini Course - Step 1
In this 4-step mini course we will cover different ways to arrange, improvise and accompany oneself using George Gershwin's standard Someone To Watch Over Me. Step 1 is perfect for beginner and intermediate level students who want to learn how to arrange standards. But I like Gospel or Rock or Latin music, is this lesson for me too? Oh yes. These techniques are important no matter what style of music you play. I explain why in the lesson!
Step 2 - Reharmonization
In step 2 I am going to show you how to re-harmonize the song using some simple concepts at first, then moving into more advanced techniques. The first part of the lesson (part 1) is great for beginner - intermediate level students. Part 2 is perfect for those intermediate and advanced students who want a few more "tools" for their arranging toolbox.
Step 3 - Intros, Endings and Accompaniment
In this 3rd step we are focusing on intros, endings and accompaniment. Wether you're interested in accompanying yourself while singing or you're working with others, these techniques in this lesson will help you be more effective and 'clear' in your accompaniments.
Step 4 - Scales For Improvisation
In this lesson, we will cover all of the scales for improvisation. How often do you get confused when it comes to making these scales start to sound like improvisation? Well in this lesson, I'll show you some techniques that will help you make more musical sounding lines from scales.
Step 5 - Building a Solo Over Standards
In this last step we will learn how to go from scales to improvisation. Using these simple exercises and concepts that I've laid out, you are able to create improvisation lines from the scales that we created in step 4.
6 Essential Arpeggio Exercises
In this lesson, you\'ll learn 6 different exercises to help you speed up your arpeggios while also learning how to be more musical with arpeggios. 
ABC's of the Blues - Vol. 1
In this series, I break down how to create a blues song based upon my ABC approach. A stands for accompaniments and style, B is Building a Solo and C is chords and progressions. This part 1 will cover parts A and B.
ABC's of the Blues - Vol. 2
In this second part, we are going to cover how to create your own blues composition in four different styles: Shuffle, Swing, Rock and Stride. This lesson makes it easy to create a blues composition that will have a clear structure which you can then easily improvise over. We will also cover an introduction and ending for all four styles of blues that we covered.
"Someone Like You"
In this lesson you will learn how to play Adele's song Someone Like You. The song will be broken down into 4 parts and is taught slowly, so it is well suited for new students. The second-half of the lesson will show you advanced methods for manipulating the song with more of an improvisational feel.
Advanced Pentatonics
In this advanced lesson, I am going to show you some interesting ways of breaking up, and practicing, your pentatonic scales. We will also cover some McCoy Tyner like left hand voicings to add to these pentatonic patterns. With practice, these patterns will become fluid to you and change your soloing!
"All Blues" Techniques
In this lesson we break apart sections of Miles Davis's song "All Blues." We will learn the groove section and I'll also show you how the melody lines up with the groove. However, our main focus will be on improvisation and some advanced concepts like maintaing flow while improvising over the baseline. We will also cover Four "over" Six rhythms and how to incorporate them into the song.
Analysis, Memorization and Transposition
In this important lesson, I will teach you techniques for analyzing the structure of songs. Once you learn how to analyze a piece of music, it becomes much easier to both improvise and transpose that song to new keys. We will work through analysis for songs: Ain't Misbehavin', All The Things You Are and I Could Write A Book.
Gospel Grooves (Willie Answers)
In this lesson, I will show you how to break down some of those more complicated groove sections that sound so cool. I will show you different exercises and patterns that you can follow to create some really fat grooves. I'll also show you a couple of grooves to get you started.
Happy Birthday
In this week's lesson we will be covering one of the most important songs that you should have in your repertoire...."Happy Birthday," also known as "Good Morning to All." In this lesson you'll learn a very simple way to play the song then 4 different variations including an advanced jazz version!
Gene Harris Blues Gospel Licks - Vol. 1
In this lesson we will cover part of Gene Harris's grooves that he plays on "Lady Be Good." I will show you 5 of Gene's fills and his intro groove.
Suzuki Workshop (Willie Answers)
This week's answers section I am going to show you some techniques I taught Suzuki students this past week in Louisville, KY. These are some great easy Blues techniques as well as some Rock/Pop piano ideas.
Students' Questions Answered (Willie Answers)
In this lesson Willie answers students' questions and talks about how to Approach Target Chords.
Stride Piano and Pedaling Techniques (Willie Answers)
In this week's Willie Answers, we will be covering how to use the pedal and some stride piano techniques. Both of these techniques take time to master, but using the examples laid out in the lesson, you'll be up and running a lot faster.
Creating a Funk Groove (Willie Answers)
In this week's Willie Answers, we will be covering fast funk grooves. More importantly, we will discuss how to create a groove between you and one other instrument. Often, we find ourselves in "non-traditional" situations like piano and drums only. In this lesson, I'll show you how to create a 'simple' groove, how to put it together in sections, how to do some groove improvisation and use outside chords to create an interesting sound.
Rock Groove Concepts (Willie Answers)
In this week's Willie Answers we followup on our Rock piano techniques from the Suzuki workshop in Answer 13. You'll learn how to break up the chords to create a more flowing rock piano sound while also learning some exercises that will give you more fluidity in your playing.
Practicing the piano
In this important lesson, we will cover different practice techniques, how to create exercises for yourself to practice, musical practice, practical technical exercises, the Major scale both hands two-octaves and many more concepts that will help you focus your practice time at the piano.
Gene Harris Blues Gospel Licks - Vol. 2
In this lesson you'll learn some cool Gene Harris blues/gospel licks. You'll also learn a common "bluesy" chord progression and some nice chord voicings.

JPC glossary / key

  • RH – right hand
  • LH – left hand
  • HT – hands together
  • CM – contrary motion (to move in opposite directions)
  • Harmonically – to play as chords (all notes together at once)
  • Melodically – to play as a melody (single note) – arpeggiate
  • R7, R3, R37 – chord shells (Root-7th, Root-3rd, Root-3rd-7th respectively)
  • bpm – beats per minute. Refers to the metronome setting