Playing, Writing, and Arranging
This lesson provides rare insights into the musical thinking of one of the most influential songwriters and arrangers in modern American popular music. Steely Dan's Donald Fagen reveals how traditional twelve-bar blues and R&B structures can be the basis for unique and sophisticated compositions.
Along with jazz pianist Warren Bernhardt, Donald breaks down the keyboard arrangements to three great Steely Dan hits penned with long-time partner Walter Becker - Chain Lightning, Josie and Peg - as well as solo works On the Dunes and Tea House on the Tracks.
Play along with Donald and Warren as they take you through the grooves, chord changes and riffs that define these unique songs. Starting with straight-ahead blues ideas, they trace the development of each piece by altering the bass lines and chord voicings and exploring the harmonic and rhythmic characteristics that give each tune its singular structure.
Sharing his vast experience in popular music, Donald Fagen provides you with powerful tools to enhance your own playing, writing and arranging, giving you insights into the songs and musical ideas that inspired a generation of musicians.
Concepts For Jazz/Rock Piano" is now available in Japanese subtitles. $39.95. VD-DON-JV01
"Have you ever dreamed about being taught to play your favorite rock songs by the artist who wrote them? You wish has come true with the release of the new keyboard instruction video by Donald Fagen, Concepts For Jazz/Rock Piano." -- Rock Report