Thursday, July 28, 2011

Gospel Piano Lesson - Gain The World - James Hall

Here is a gospel piano lesson teaching you how to play James Hall's "Gain The World."
It is from his first CD release in 1993. Enjoy!

Alton Merrell's Jazz Licks and Tricks Series - Episode #1

Below is the first video of my "Jazz Licks and Tricks Series." This series will present licks, runs, scales, fills, and improvisational techniques useful to the creative improvising musician. A new episode will be presented on a bi-weekly basis, and look for future episodes to render insights into "licks and tricks" used by Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson and other first rate musicians.

This first episode is a "trick" I came up with while playing one day. Enjoy!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Gospel Piano Lesson - God Great God - Kurt Carr

Here is a gospel piano lesson teaching you how to play Kurt Carr's "God Great God." The song is from his album entitled One Church released in 2005. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Herbie Hancock - New York Minute Performance

A great performance of Herbie Hancock and band playing their take on the song New York Minute. This performance occured in 1997 in Warsaw. Herbie is a master of creating musicial tension and release, and notice how he frequently uses chromaticism in achieving that end. Whew!

Michael Brecker - Sax
John Schofield - Guitar
Dave Holland - Bass
Jack Dejohnette - Drums
Don Alias - Percussion