Cocktail piano || Learning A Song In Cocktail Piano Style

Jazz Piano
Cocktail piano is a really popular style that I get a lot of requests for. So in this tutorial we’re going to take the bare bones of a the verse section of a song – melody and chords – and look at the ways we can adapt it to this particular piano style.

My book on cocktail piano:

We’ll look at the basics of chord extension, basic chord substitution, arpeggiated runs, chordal and melodic improvisation and a few other useful tips.

This kind of lounge piano style is, as you might know, pretty closely related to jazz, and uses a lot of jazz piano techniques when it comes to messing around with chords and using different scales like pentatonic and blues for melodic improvisation. In actual fact, working on the cocktail style can be a very good way into jazz, as it uses many of the same techniques but within the context of a much freer and easier tempo: you don’t have the pressure of a solid metronome beat.

My other book:

Jazz for beginners playlist:
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