September 25, 2021

About the Author: Stefan Joubert

Stefan Joubert is the manager of Online Piano Institute and The London Piano Institute. He is passionate about world-class piano education and learning via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime.

Throughout my years of teaching adults the piano, I have developed a unique methodology for adult piano learning and adult piano consumption that is specifically designed for adults to learn jazz in the shortest amount of time possible.

During my jazz Zoom piano classes, one of the things I do is help adults learn all 12 keys of the major scale.

One of the first exercises that we do together is to play throughout the cycle of 4th in the key and this cycle is called the I-IV- VII-III- VI- II- V-I progression.

We will typically take this progression in the key of for example F major and it would go like this:

  • F Major 7 (I Maj 7)
  • Bb Major 7 (IV Maj 7)
  • E Minor 7b5 (VII Min 7b5)
  • A Minor 7 (IIII Min 7)
  • D Minor 7 (VI Min 7)
  • G Minor 7 (II Min 7)
  • C7 (V7)

The fifth chord C7 I have categorised as Tritone 1 or T1. I make sure that my students learn this tritonic system from the beginning in order to have a complete understanding of jazz piano.

man playing the piano

During the first lesson we do the cycle throughout usually throughout the keys of C, G and F. (It depends upon the musical level of the student in question of course!)

After we have looked at the cycle of fourths, we would then look at blues piano and study the blues scale via Zoom.

The blues scale consists of the following degrees:

  • Root
  • Minor 3rd
  • Perfect 4th
  • Diminished 5th
  • Perfect 5th
  • Minor 7th

The blues scale is a fantastic scale that sounds fantastically bluesy!

The b5 interval is also known as the blues note, and it brings out the blues flavor in music.

I would then teach the student how to play the blues scale with the right hand and begin improvising over a 12-bar blues progression in the left hand using the tritonic system.

man playing the grand piano

The tritonic system is such a powerful system because knowing it allows you to play all 12 keys by only learning six tritones.

You must realise that the tritone divides the octave in half.

There are only 6 tritones. We have T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T6.

When I think or when I tell my students to play T5, within a split second they know the tritone T5 (G# D) belongs to E7 as well as Bb7.

I make sure that my students learn in a systematic approach right from the beginning.

Another thing that we do during my online Zoom jazz piano lessons is to take a look at the jazz standards. We would analyse for example Autumn Leaves and analyse how the chord progression fits within the cycle of 4th progression.

I would also then proceed to get the students to play rootless chords, to be able to play extensions such as major 9th, minor 9th, dominant 9th, dominant 9th sharp 5, dominant 7th sharp 9ths etc…

Over time, we would also look into doing two-hand voicings in fourths.

hand on the piano keys

I teach Frank Mantooth’s methodology (American jazz educator). His analysis of playing chords in fourths is flawless.

We have two primary voicings for major and minor 7ths in this system.

The first is a structure made up of perfect fourths. The second structure descends from the highest note in a major third and is followed by three consecutive fourths. We’ll use them and superimpose them across the keyboard to make jazz accompaniment a breeze.

After that, we’ll look at the dominant system, which has the tritone as well as triads superimposed on various degrees on the right hand.

This may all appear to be extremely complicated, and in some ways it is… However, with excellent jazz piano training via zoom, you will be able to appreciate the beauty of jazz harmony and melody!

We will also work on the practical side of playing the material over a jazz standard during our lessons together. I will also demonstrate and show you how to do this on the keyboard so that you have a clear understanding of how to do it.

man reading music sheet

The material discussed in this article may appear difficult or arduous, but I assure you that I will make learning simple. We’ll take it one step at a time.
When you take jazz piano zoom lessons from me, you can be confident that you will learn in an easy-to-understand manner. One thing I’d like to emphasize is that you don’t need any prior experience.

If you’ve always wanted to learn jazz and think, “If I learn how to play jazz piano with Stefan Joubert, I’ll need experience,” you’re completely wrong. You don’t need any prior experience.

In fact, if you come to me as an absolute beginner with a blank slate, you make my job so much easier. I don’t have to fight bad methods, and I can give you the Stefan Joubert jazz piano system right away!

Over the course of 20 years of teaching, this extraordinary system of teaching jazz piano was developed. I founded the London Piano Institute, S&C in Dubai, and the Institut de Musique de Paris. I know music, I know how to teach music, and I know how to teach music to adults.

man practising the piano

I will assist you in achieving your musical goals in the shortest amount of time while also developing a thorough understanding of jazz piano. It is my heart’s desire to assist you in learning to play jazz as an adult and making your dreams a reality.

Remember, I have a very reliable method of teaching jazz piano that I would be delighted to share with you.

To get started, all I need is someone willing to take a chance and teach an introductory lesson.

I promise you that being able to play jazz piano for decades and decades will be the first step towards a glorious, new you.

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