Open Chords Jazz Piano Lesson (scandinavian Style)

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How to play the Scandinavian Jazz Piano Style
Open chords Jazz Piano Lesson (Scandinavian Style)
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This lesson is about playing the "Scandinavian style" approach to jazz piano. This "style" is different than bebop, cool jazz etc. – as it contains lots of open chords/voicings.

The reason for the name is that there are many jazz musicians from Europe and Scandinavia that are playing like this.

In this lesson, Gjermund shows you how you can play the Scandinavian style (One of the ways).

Please note: The "Scandinavian Style" is not an official name for this style.

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  1. Vegetarian Soylent-Green

    02/04/2017 at 12:36 AM

    I knew we’d have our own style! hel yes.

  2. Emmett House

    02/04/2017 at 1:36 AM

    awesome awesome lesson everything that you guys do sound like silver and gold excellent like this lessons because it sound like reharmonization have to work on my triplets and my 16 notes of course the longer lines thank you 🎼🎺🎷🎢

  3. Matteo Bemolle

    02/04/2017 at 2:28 AM

    could you please tell me names of pianists who play songs in that style? thanks

    • MyIngrate AlbinoChild

      02/04/2017 at 4:13 AM

      +Matteo check out pianist Laurent Coq. cd’s “Blowing Trio” and “Versatile”.

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      02/04/2017 at 10:36 AM

      Hi, Matteo. Here is a list of some of my favorites:

    • Simon Fransman

      02/04/2017 at 10:51 AM

      Check out Lars Jansson, this is basically a “How to sound like Lars Jansson” tutorial.

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      02/04/2017 at 11:23 AM

      Good name πŸ™‚ Lars Jansson is a great musician and composer. He’s on my list above!

    • Matteo Bemolle

      02/04/2017 at 4:56 PM

      Ok. Thank you guys:)

  4. Caleb wilson

    02/04/2017 at 2:59 AM

    Hey gjermund the link in my email for the download isnt showing up. My email adress is correct and ive done it twice

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      02/04/2017 at 10:33 AM

      Hi, Caleb. I’m sorry about that. Now, the problem should be fixed. Enjoy πŸ™‚

    • Caleb wilson

      02/04/2017 at 10:56 AM

      Thanks a lot. Always liked this style. It has a sort of quiet fire and lots of emotions hidden under the surface

  5. David Faria

    02/04/2017 at 3:49 AM

    Your music and playing is too beautiful for words. Your style is unusual and unique. Fabulous. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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      02/04/2017 at 10:38 AM

      Thanks, David. Glad you liked it!

  6. Bbario

    02/04/2017 at 6:54 PM

    Nice one!

  7. Jess Pittard

    02/06/2017 at 1:36 AM

    Norway?….super (I assumed German)….? know what happened to Per Danielson ?…
    You, Aimee, Dave and Ken have mastered internet jazz instruction and contributed so much to music and lives of those less accomplished / talented !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      02/26/2017 at 7:35 PM

      +Jess Pittard – πŸ‡³πŸ‡΄ yes! Thanks for your kind comments!

  8. idealism

    02/07/2017 at 9:00 PM

    Hey, have the free lounge piano lessons started :0?

  9. Samy Samos

    02/15/2017 at 7:21 PM

    Never stop making videos

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      02/20/2017 at 3:03 PM

      Thanks, Samy! I won’t with this great audience!

  10. Connor Patrick

    02/22/2017 at 4:24 PM

    Thank you for uploading these videos, Mr. Sivertsen! I am a classically trained pianist, and I’m training to be my school jazz band’s pianist. I have a question: under what circumstances would it be okay for me to use this “Scandinavian style” of jazz piano playing (as in, what styles of pieces, and with what other instruments)?

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      02/22/2017 at 11:32 PM

      +Connor Patrick Thanks for your feedback. You can play this style together with bass/drums – or with any woodwinds… As long as the rest of the band is “tuned in”, so you all go the same direction. Start with ballads, then expand to more uptempo music. Just some suggestions, not rules πŸ™‚ – good luck with your endeavors!

  11. Maria Tymoshenko - Piano Composer

    02/22/2017 at 7:53 PM

    thanks for nice class!

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      02/26/2017 at 7:20 PM

      +Maria Tymoshenko – You’re welcome 😊

  12. Ciro Plateroti

    02/24/2017 at 8:56 AM

    muchas gracias!

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      02/26/2017 at 7:19 PM

      +Ciro Plateroti Thanks πŸ™

  13. j g

    02/26/2017 at 5:11 AM

    Great lesson, and beautiful playing, but I noticed the exotic chord at 1:09 was labeled with a b13 when I believe that should be a b9 for the Eb; also the #11 labeled as an Ab instead of a G# (same sound) is somewhat confusing.

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      02/26/2017 at 7:10 PM

      +j g Thanks! Yes you’re right. Well observed. Should be a D13(#11b9). The Ab in stead of the G# is written by default by the midi program we’re using. Thanks again for your clarification!

  14. Steve Rajan

    03/15/2017 at 12:55 AM

    sir you are a great teacher,getting to learn lot of cool stuff from your channel,also how long how you been playing the piano?

  15. Xiaoming Tian

    04/10/2017 at 1:05 AM

    I love every lesson of yours! I came from China, there are lots of people crazy about jazz music, however there are limited resource in China. If Chinese jazz lover could watch your video with Chinese subtitle, that will be a great gift for them. If you need any help for translation for Chinese, I would be very glad to help, I’m a musician study in NYC for couple years, I’m totally understand any musical and jazz jargons you talked about:)

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      04/11/2017 at 8:48 PM

      Hi there, Xiaoming. Very kind of you! Will you please send me an email and we can discuss this further?

    • Xiaoming Tian

      04/11/2017 at 11:52 PM

      Hi Mr.Sivertsen, glad to hear from you! Sure, my email address is:
      Look forward….

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  17. geniusimprovisor

    05/22/2017 at 9:32 PM


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      05/24/2017 at 8:26 AM

      Thanks for your comment.. I don’t know the answer. In my opinion it is not about being “best”, but being “authentic”. Get to know your unique musical way of expressing music and develop it to the next level

    • geniusimprovisor

      05/24/2017 at 4:06 PM


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      05/26/2017 at 7:32 AM

      Thanks for your comment! Keep up your good work too


    05/24/2017 at 11:44 AM

    very interesting………..great

  19. Onli Mi

    05/30/2017 at 7:59 AM

    That song Winter’s Story is hypnotically beautiful. Everytime I listen to it, I’m disappointed when it ends, I am always hoping that it will go on longer or repeat. It reminds me a little bit of old Pat Matheny and Lyle Mays, maybe that’s why they were so popular in Europe. I wish I could understand this style better, and maybe learn how to apply it to songs that I know. I’m not sure if it’s the style that I like so much or if it’s just that song is so beautiful, that I want to learn to play it.

  20. Alberto Toribio Diaz

    06/26/2017 at 4:18 PM

    Nice lesson !! – Thank you so much