Bill Hilton

Bill Hilton

A quick overview of how you can use split chords on the piano to work up quick comps and improvisation. Splits are also particularly useful for songwriting, and are great for creating very impressive looking effects on the piano without massive effort.

As always, the trick is to know your chord shapes well and to *experiment* at the piano keyboard rather than try to copy exactly what I’m doing.

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Here’s a pop piano comping exercise that’s quite fun to play. It’s based on five simple chords (C, Dm, F, G and Am) and a right hand part that just uses the notes C, F and G. It sounds pretty cool and isn’t at all difficult to learn.

Most pop comps you’ll ever play on the piano will be based on fairly simple chord progressions. The only slight hurdle you might have to overcome is making sure you can comp in a variety of difference keys – especially “guitar friendly” keys like E, A, D and G. So once you’ve mastered this sequence in C, try transposing it into some other keys and seeing what you can do.

As with all piano techniques, the trick here is to play over and over again until this stuff just falls under your fingers without you even having to think about it. You need to get to a point where your fingers are doing the thinking for themselves at the keyboard. When that happens, you’ll find you unconsciously begin to change and develop the exercise until you’re playing comps of your own.

If you’re not sure about the basics of chords and how harmony works on the piano, check out some of my earlier tutorials.


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In this new series I woodshed through tunes and actually explain the thought process that goes into what’s in my head as I develop the solo ideas.

Today, STELLA BY STARLIGHT… If you want to skip ahead, I play through the melody starting at 3:05.

Starting at 5:26 I discuss application of G blues scale to the changes. I demonstrate it and discuss why it works straight through the changes.

At 17:48 I discuss a cool inverted lick that’s good for modal as well as outside playing and can be used as a very useful run.

19:57 — use of conventional scales, and how to modulate through them

Final run through 32:56

Study with my privately by e-mailing me at… I can teach you everything from chord comps, bass lines, solo ideas, help you develop your rhythmic approach and beyond. — Please, note; however, that due to professional playing responsibilities, I am only able to give a limited number of lessons per month — that said, I’ve spent about a decade and a half developing my 7 Secrets teaching method and am eager to expose as many people as possible to it as I can.


Learn how to Sing it, Swing it or Wing it! by scatting (making up melodies) using notes of the blues scale. For singers or instrumentalists. Presented by Suzannah Doyle.


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Wikipedie: Herbie Hancock

Herbert JeffreyHerbieHancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer.[1] As part of Miles Davis‘s Second Great Quintet, Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the “post-bop” sound. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace music synthesizers and funk music (characterized by syncopated drum beats). Hancock’s music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs “cross over” and achieved success among pop audiences. His music embraces elements of funk and soul while adopting freer stylistic elements from jazz. In his jazz improvisation, he possesses a unique creative blend of jazz, blues, and modern classical music, with harmonic stylings much like the styles of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

Hancock’s best-known solo works include “Cantaloupe Island“, “Watermelon Man” (later performed by dozens of musicians, including bandleader Mongo Santamaría), “Maiden Voyage“, “Chameleon“, and the singles “I Thought It Was You” and “Rockit“. His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album ever to win the award, after Getz/Gilberto in 1965.

Hancock practices Nichiren Buddhism and is a member of the Buddhist association Sōka Gakkai International.[2][3][4] As part of Hancock’s spiritual practice, he recites the Buddhist chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo each day.[5] In 2013, Hancock’s dialogue with Wayne Shorter and Daisaku Ikeda on jazz, Buddhism and life was published in Japanese.

On July 22, 2011, at a ceremony in Paris, Hancock was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of Intercultural Dialogue. In 2013 Hancock joined the University of California, Los Angeles faculty as a professor in the UCLA music department where he will teach jazz music.[6]

Hancock is the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. Holders of the chair deliver a series of six lectures on poetry, “The Norton Lectures”, poetry being “interpreted in the broadest sense, including all poetic expression in language, music, or fine arts.” Previous Norton lecturers include musicians Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky and John Cage. Hancock’s theme is “The Ethics of Jazz.”[7]


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In this tutorial I take a detailed look at how the so-called “New Orleans” blues progression can work on the piano. As well as analysing the chord progression (and, in particular, the way it uses the “circle of fifths”) we’ll look again at some basic right-hand improvisation techniques and think about what makes for good blues piano improvisation.

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In this tutorial I’m experimenting with some different techniques for showing you exactly what I’m doing on the piano. The basis of it is the piano improvisation exercise I covered in the last tutorial. Feedback would be very useful, if you have time to give it 🙂

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