How To Play Lounge Jazz Piano Part 1 🎹😃 (Cocktail Jazz, dinner music)


Hi! Today I’m going to show you how you can play the lounge style. The lounge style was one of my ways into jazz music. I really recommend playing this kind of style because it’s very fun if you make it, and it can entertain a lot of people, if they’re into this kind of music. So, without further a do we’re going to have a look at the right hand today so we’re going to have a look at the style of how to play the melody. First of all, when you play the melody in this lounge style then you make sure that you play the melody sometimes in different areas at the piano. Sometimes you’ll play here, and sometimes here, and sometimes here. I like to vary within when I’m playing the music. When I play, for example, this tune: Now the melody is continuing, like: but instead of playing the melody and continue it in the same register then you transpose it down: And, I was also playing in thirds so that’s a common thing to do in this style. So, playing in thirds, melody: And you can do that, of course, with any tune you want. If you want to play the Autumn Leaves: But you’re mostly playing in thirds with your right hand. You can also play it in octaves: And, you can combine playing in thirds and in octaves so you if you play in octaves and then you add a 3rd or a 3rd above the bottom note, like this: and then you play the melody: Or you can play in 3rd a third step below the top note. So, instead of playing like this: you play like this: Then you can add chromatic notes to the music. I have just playing like this… You can add chromatic notes as well and i’m going to show you: I was adding a chromatic scale here: And, what is very common to do when you play lounge style is to play arpeggios. You play a lot of sweet chords with your right hand. For example, you can do this: That was an arpeggio. I was playing the same thing just an octave above, like that, or you can play this one, for example, a Dmi: And then just play those 3 notes: like that, as quick as you can. In the context it will sound like this: When you play the arpeggios you can play 3 notes like this: Just copy: or you could play 4 notes, if you want to play a Cmaj7, for example, you can play: And up to speed that will sound like this: You can add a 5th note if you’d like so you can, for example, play: this one or the 4th note end within the scale. So, when combining all of these tricks with your right hand, including a lot of stuff with your left hand, that we’ll talk about later, it will come out like this: While the music is playing here is a summary: The lounge jazz piano style is often used as background music. Often you can find this music in cafés and weddings, and parties, and it often sounds like this in the right setting: Most commonly-used names for the lounge style is taffel music, background music, elevator music, and cocktail jazz piano to mention a few. And, whatever you want to call it it’s basically jazz piano played in the smooth way. And i’ve had a ton of jobs where I play this kind of music and i think it is a lovely art form, and we should definitely keep this art form alive. In this lesson, i’ve shown you 7 things that you can add to your right hand when you play the lounge jazz piano style. In part 2, I will show you 3 essential tricks that you can add to your left hand when you play the lounge piano style. In part 3, i will show you the big picture of the lounge jazz piano style. If you want people to enjoy what you play it is my thing to think through what you do when you play the lounge style. In part 3, i’ll take you through how to do a lounge jazz piano job what kind of music you should prepare, and more. And in part 4 I will show you other licks and tricks that you can add when you play this kind of music. Here’s the thing: To get to see all of this, I created a free, mini jazz piano lounge style course. To get your invitation just click on the link under this video and leave your name and email, and I will send you the invite right now. Also in the free mini course I’ve created several exercises that will make you able to play at least some of what I played. Again it’s all for free and also if you are already one of my jazz piano students, you can download even more exercises. If you liked this video and want more, please hit Like, Subscribe and Share, and again, I hope to see you at my free lounge jazz piano style course. Until next time. Have fun! Take care of the music. And I will see you soon. Bye!

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  1. Hi Guys – I'm piano teacher and aspiring jazz pianist – signed up to the full PopJazzOnline course as thought it might fill in the gaps of some knowledge – I don't normally bother with reviews (!) BUT so far very impressed….better that I was expecting. Really great content, and a great teacher and jazz pianist willing to share his skills. Easily best jazz pianist tutor online – I've tried a few over the years. Would recommend for any aspiring jazz pianist – good job Gertmund!

  2. Does playing in thirds mean you have to stay in the key of the song? and if so is there a trick to know whether to play a major or minor third to stay in the key?

  3. Your voicing touch my soul. I am excited to be studying with you. You respond immediately and that makes me feel like you really care about me as a student. I want to sing with you one day. You really talk to me as a pianist.

  4. I love the voicings you use. Your playing touches my soul. I am excited to study with you. You get back to me immediately and that makes me feel like you really care. Thank You. I am a Vocalist. I want to sing with you.

  5. Wooow! Very nice playing. I play more than 10 years in restaurants, hotels etc. Your video really inspired me! Thank you a lot!

  6. He left out the video showing the 1,000's of hours of practice needed to run up 4 octaves and 5 notes in stride in each one. But certainly one of the most relaxing videos ever posted!! I was sorry I couldn't leave him a tip!

  7. Very explicative, nice how it was broken down! I'm not at that level yet (self taught beginner) but I'll certainly start aiming this way.

  8. Subscribed. I am blown away by the quality of this and all your videos. You are an execellent educator. I especially loved this lesson, as a jazz pianist who got his start with improvising in the lounge style its facisnating to hear you deacribe what I intuitive do. Though now you make me feel o master, that I need to practice my runs and chromatic scales! Id love and appreicate your critique on any of my piano videos.

  9. I have first seen this video over a year ago, when I started studying jazz with a teacher in Paris. Now with Christmas coming, I'm currently trying to arrange the "Christmas Song" by Mel Torme (sung by Nat King Cole and, of course Michael Bublé) in a nice version and I remembered this free course so I just watched it again, and gave it a quick shot on my keyboard : I'm going to have to practice more, of course, but it's working so perfectly that it's going to be a lot of fun ! I have to admit that this 2-part course is pure gold, because it's summarizing a really cool set of tricks to arrange ballads and it's not just the regular snake-oil ("5 top-notch tricks the pros DON'T WANT you to know !!!"), these tricks make it very clear that you must know how to choose superstructures and scales to fit the harmony, so the video makes a pretty solid program for students : "if I know enough theory to choose scales to play, and if I practice harmonizing scales in thirds and sixths, then I'll be able to play basically anything that way, effortlessly". This is a very clever teaching technique, and it is so generous of you to give it away for free on youtube.

    I've already said it last year but I don't mind repeating myself : thank you very much, Gjermund and all of you guys at PopJazzOnline, for those lessons you give away on youtube. This is brillant teaching work.

  10. Brilliant ! Unfortunately I can only use 2 fingers at moment .
    I'll get back to you in few years time …..
    Lounge Piano rocks !!

  11. i love the tune , I am learning the tunes by copying of your playing on this video, but I have no idea how those chords work lol

  12. Well done video courses, very nice, you are professional. I am more of a concert pianist and I 've been playing piano on cruise ships since for over 18 years, I am tired of that job, but with information and tutorials like your is good to refresh and learn more about this style which is not my favorite and I am not the best at it. You are really good at this style and I am sure people like you succeed more than me when playing in these settings. On ships I try to be a concert pianist and a cocktail jazz lounge at the same time, but I know and I've been told that I am best at concert piano performances, and for this reason I hate the job as a pianist, and I've been criticized and it affected my reputation and jobs on ships for not putting everything in this style. I had an evolution of self-improvement and other interests as well in my career, and now I believe being a musician is not the best job in the world, is frustrating and boring at time, lots of musicians don't want to be there at their instruments, especially if they are playing what they don't like; I love great composers and art music and concert-style piano arrangments most of the time, then I would play jazz lounge style for 15%, but it seems that in those lounge settings people and management prefer the jazz cocktail lounge and I understand. Thank you for these tutorials.

  13. that's absolutely the most appreciable kind of sound you want to hear while talking among friends and cool people are doing the same around you… i'll say the tipic music we italians need in our fuking boring places in order to escape, at least with the mid. thank you and greetings from Roma, Italia.

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