Jazz Piano Lessons in the Key of C Major : Chord Progressions for Jazz Piano in C Major
Jazz Piano Lessons in the Key of C Major : Chord Progressions for Jazz Piano in C Major

Now we are going to show you some more right
hand stuff for the key of C. We are going to go back to the major progression doing
a 1, 6, 2, 5 and we are just going to really focus on the right hand. Now when you are
going to make melodies, it is all about space and timing so see I have the same quality but it is looping.
Leave a little space, a little more space and it is the space and time you get in between
notes that really gives the importance. Now here some people who try to improvise and
ah and it is lot of notes and it sounds nice but there is no umph to it. You know it doesn’t
have the soul so you want to really the more simple you can make it the better. A little
chromatics there. I like to use a lot of pentatonics too which is 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 gives it that nice
happy overtone. You can put flat third in there, Blues note. So in the key of C, you
can see the Blues notes are these notes right here. It’s half of the root of 2 and the bottom
of the group of three.

62 thoughts on “Jazz Piano Lessons in the Key of C Major : Chord Progressions for Jazz Piano in C Major”

  1. Joan Hall Hovey says:

    Love the way you play, very cool!

  2. ok12345 says:

    i really appreciate your effort to make these vids but i think it is better if you make it clearer to the audience, especially for beginners like me

  3. Dadee3 says:

    F# in the Aminor blues scale?

  4. 4wheeljive says:

    Hey thanks for that, easy to follow and makes sense. Look forward to more of your lessons…..cheers

  5. Shayn Todd says:

    this is a really good intro to jazz piano. for some of the beginners i think you should try to get a little more experience with piano before you try jazz. although i think that jazz i easier to play than classical piano i think that to discuss and learnin jazz especial online teaching i much harder.

  6. Dennis O. says:

    The C major triad has C E G. If you count the half steps from C to E, there are four. If you lower that 3rd (so it is 3 half steps from C) to E flat, that makes it minor. So now if you play a Dm triad (D F A) and count the half steps from D to F it is 3 half steps. Raise that F to an F# giving you 4 half steps from D to F# you will have yourself a D Major Chord. Try it with the rest of the scale. 4 half steps for the 3rd for major, 3 for minor. The 5th will always be 7 half steps from the root

  7. Jaime Paul Lamb says:

    beginners: theory is very important and when i was ready to learn about it, i did. and that, of course, made sense out of the things i discovered by playing along with records and other musicians. but, i wouldn't approach music (especially jazz!) from such a dry, academic standpoint. USE YOUR EARS. play along. your ears will tell you what works and what doesn't. and, in time, the underlying theory will make sense. because, sadly, if you don't have "big ears", you will never be any good at jazz.

  8. dmmc1043 says:

    correction, if you dont have "big ears", you will never be any good at music

  9. Lavthao says:

    Who writen this melody?

  10. Tyler Socholotuik says:

    haha i was just gonna say that…

  11. johnny102marvin says:

    I like this idea of space between notes and musical pharses. The spacing between phrases allows the listener to digest what they are hearing and to appreciate it to a higher level.

  12. David Goldstein says:

    why don't u have the piano sounding like a piano. it sounds like shit.

  13. goncalocgaspar says:

    @NapSeason but do we follow the modes rigorously in this case? maybe not because he uses notes that are apart from C natural scale? i don't know much i'm asking so things can beat right in my head!..thanks!

  14. HammondB200 says:

    you can't solo in blues scale over a cmaj piece. this is not right

  15. moody1722 says:


  16. musicmanson says:

    This guy sounds like McLovin

  17. allenlevelle says:

    @HammondB200 So true. Because with the minor and dominant 7th interval it will clash with the major chords.

  18. vinceythefly says:

    page full of text…. 8-(

  19. Da23 says:

    im sorry to say.. but how can u actually learn from this.. good playin.. but hard to learn from it espescially if ur new..

  20. musicis101 says:

    he's actually good! PLEASE stick with piano and do not wander off in to percussion. it makes you look like think you know what you're doing when you really don't. where as in piano you DO know what you're doing soooo… yeah. stick to piano

  21. Brandon Calvillo says:

    @therealcaptain40 you have to play in the scale of D minor, if not it will sound terrific

  22. Brandon Calvillo says:

    @foljs are you shure?

  23. Yhorm says:

    something good to come out of expert village for once

  24. Colton B says:

    @LooopQ So funny but true. haha

  25. Kokotienko says:

    nice playing but buy a new instrument

  26. LeatherCladVegan says:


  27. KingNast says:

    @LooopQ This and Jonathon Wilson! – chilkari / groovewindow check him out

  28. Tyler Thompson says:

    Why doesn't he turn the f#chin thing UP!!

  29. july mae Andaloc says:

    Just came across cool piano learning device in Gizmag
    Google “gizmag pianomaestro”

  30. Dan Banks says:

    Mmm…playing here is barely adequate. He shouldn't be teaching. I'm assuming this is joke? And by assuming I mean hoping.

  31. Sonny Khoeblal says:

    Why do you sit so low ?

  32. Vulturer says:

    This is nothing, find "expert village hip hip drums" video

  33. Chris Garner says:

    Is this in the key of C?

  34. Joanne Ward says:


  35. Johnny Downing says:

    You have GOT to be kidding. As a professional pianist, I can tell you with certainty that this poor slob can't play his way out of a paper bag. He should be teaching anything but music. This is the WORST.

  36. NhuBinh Tobias says:

    i agree with you completely. but being a pianist who has NEVER had any piano lessons before and learned by ear and can only read chords.. videos like this help – where there's a visual and it's simple and quick.


  37. Johnny Downing says:

    @TheLusers Upon what do base that comment ? What does being a decent human being have to do with offering some constructive criticism? You obviously know nothing about music, otherwise you'd realize that this totally non-talented dude should DEFINITELY NOT quit his day job!! The LAST thing he should be doing is teaching music!

  38. icad13 says:

    I love it man..

  39. BadTanLines says:

    HOw did this guy get mixed up with expert village? He's way too good for expert village!

  40. Johnny Downing says:

    Thank you for your brilliant and concise comments, Mr. Obama. Since you need considerably more musical expertise to address me, I'll just consider the source.
    Have a really wonderful life, dickweed. Love to all, Johnny

  41. EKstudios says:

    he's sooooo much better at piano then drums lol

  42. Shammah David says:

    hi….i play keyboard….but dont like the way i play it….i really love jazz music..and thats what i want to learn. can u please help me please…..

  43. OtsanMusic says:

    Ryan Larson: Great at piano, sucks at all the other musical instruments in the face of the Earth. True Story.

  44. kaspa starr says:

    Expert Village Always get 10/10 for effort but 1/10 for execution your trying to do a GREAT thing but you dont understand the basic principles of teaching. 64

  45. procrastinator300 says:

    @jaimepaullamb what do you mean? if you don't know the notes, how are you supposed to do that? I'm not questioning you, I'm just trying to understand how it works

  46. procrastinator300 says:

    @jaimepaullamb do you mean to actually have every major third, minor third, 7 chord, and major scale memorized? I mean, I know how to figure major scales out, but I don't have them all memorized.

  47. Alex Elrod says:

    can anyone tell me what he is doing with the left hand? i can see the root notes of the chords but im self taught and do not know many of the terms or chord names. i've mainly just used pattern recognition to get by, im trying to pick up theory as i go along and im working on it. but yea any help anyone could offer would be awesome.

  48. Blake Foster says:

    1:08 I think you mean phrasing, not "oomph" haha

  49. Jonny Bollocks says:

    6-2-5-1 i think ie A minor 7th, D minor 7th, G dominant 7th and C major 7th (ACEG, DFAC, GBDF)


    A dominant 7th (change C to C#)
    D half diminished (change A to A flat) or diminished (change C to B as well)
    D major 9th (add an E)
    G augmented (change D to D sharp)
    C major 9th (add a D)

    Everything except the roots are optional. And even the roots are optional sometimes – so-called rootless voicings! Hope that helps 🙂

  50. Jonny Bollocks says:

    sorry meant to say C major 7th is CEGB

    the 9ths sound much better an octave up

  51. Jonny Bollocks says:

    and i meant D minor 9th sorry!

  52. Craig Tilford Jr. says:

    Which scale are you using?

  53. Silent Robert the Intern says:

    It's a miracle, an instrument exists that Ryan Larson can actually play!

  54. Julian Jayme says:

    He's playing a I-vi-ii-V in C Major (Cmaj7-Am7-Dm7-G7)

  55. emelei laai says:

    ddnt learn anything that was just showing off

  56. I'mTheDrummer says:

    This guys plays piano amazingly, but his drumming skills don't show for his ACTUAL musical skills. I don't even play piano, just searched his name and got this.

  57. Patrick Rotunno says:

    I'm not a pianist, but a bassist and as much as his videos for bass and drums suck, this isn't terrible. His point about space is pretty important. I don't know anything about piano technique though so I may be missing on that. 

  58. Mike C says:

    Ryan, please just stick to piano. Please.

  59. sirasy says:

    one hears more noise than sounds!

  60. jing deng Sim says:

    thank you! it was simple and helpful 🙂

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  62. James Walker Sherriff says:

    ur a dude man …cool

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