2016 has marked the launch of online jazz piano tuition platform PianoGroove. The company, created by Nottingham Business School graduate Hayden Hill, provides jazz piano tuition for amateur pianists using a three-part video layout that combines an overhead camera shot, a synchronised light-up keyboard and in-video notation.
“My aim is to make high-quality jazz piano tuition accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world,” comments PianoGroove’s Founder Hayden Hill. “I took an interest in jazz as a teenager but couldn't find an online source of jazz piano tuition that was both accessible to beginners and freely available. I’ve been working on PianoGroove for a number of years now and so the launch of the website is a significant milestone in the project.”
PianoGroove caters for amateur pianists wanting to learn jazz and also those looking to move from classical to jazz piano. The song-oriented approach shows students how to read and interpret jazz standards from lead sheets:
“All lessons are related back to actual jazz standards so students understand the practical application of the concepts.” continues Hayden, “The website also features a resources section where visitors can download supplementary learning materials including worksheets on chords, scales and common progressions.”
There are over 20 free jazz piano lessons on the PianoGroove website and more advanced lessons can be accessed via monthly or annual subscription.
PianoGroove Pro Membership includes access to all video tutorials and downloadable learning resources. Members are also able to request specific lesson topics or jazz standards and ask the PianoGroove team for help and advice with their progress and development.