About Me

I play jazz piano. More generally I play improvisational music. I began with classical piano lessons at nine years old, played gospel in church as a teenager and moved to jazz in my mid-twenties. I mostly play for my own enjoyment. Life and work makes it difficult to gig with any regularity. I have a youtube channel under the name 7notemode. Youtube has been a really nice outlet for me over the past several years. I'm starting this blog to supplement the tutorials that I post. I have a website, but I'm technically limited, so this might be an easier and more direct way to post supplementary material to my youtube channel. I hope you find something useful here!

38 comments:

  1. hy...i like very much how you play and how you explain!congratulations...i would like to speak with you when are you online...thank you very much

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  2. Hi - Could you post info on how you record your music videos? I see that you use a yamaha CP300, Ivory/Galaxy, garage band, acoustic pianos. But for recording, what camcorder do you use? Do you use an external microphone? Do you record audio/video separately? Do you use a mixer? Etc. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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  3. I may end up doing a video on my set up, since I'm asked that a fair amount. I use Logic more often than GarageBand. I use ScreenFlow to layer the videos. I use Midiculous for the digital keys. I was using a Logitech gaming headphone for voiceover, but just bought a lavaliere mic by AKG (I forget model number.) I record the piano using a Zoom H4n with an additional Apex Ribbon mic.

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  4. HI, I love,love,love the Oh how I love Jesus/How great thou art medley U put on you-tube. Do u have a tutorial or chord sheet for that? I would love to learn to play even a 10th as well as u. Best version I have heard!

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    1. Thank you so much. Sorry, no sheets. I rarely do transcripts. On my digital piano videos, I put a digital keyboard up to show the notes, but that doesn't help out much with the acoustic :-)

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  6. Hi Dear Mister 7notemode.
    I discovered your videos and your site a few days ago and I just wanted to stop by and compliment you on both your playing and your will to share all this wonderful and precious knowledge.
    You really do great stuff and I'm sure that if you come to get the time to gig, people will be overwhelmed by your music ;)
    Thank you so much and I hope we'll have the opportunity to share things around these 2 passions we have in common : Jazz and Piano !
    Cheers !
    (ps : you'll excuse my english if I made mistakes!)

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    1. Thanks Fabizio. I appreciate it. You english is fine.

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  7. Such an amazing feel with great arrangements.Im currently working on your Tutorial 'Willow Weep for me'..Absolutely brilliant.
    Just love your playing got to be my favourite on here and there are some brilliant guys!!!
    Please can we have more tutorials on your web site with pdf that we can purchase.

    Many Thanks

    Paul

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    1. Thanks Paul. I appreciate it. More tutorials, got it! :-)

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  8. Hello,

    I wanted to first say thanks for posting your videos on YT - your playing sounds great and I've gotten a lot of good ideas by listening! One particular video (Duke's "I got it bad") caught my attention because your set-up is similar to mine. I wanted to ask about the sound modifying you did to Ivory II Italian Grand. You mentioned, in responding to another person, that you added some plug-ins to tweak the sound. Would you be willing to share what you did with me? I've been frustrated with the sound "out of the box" with this VST. Unlike your set-up, I am using an A/D converter (albeit a very good one . . . Apogee Duet). Anyway, I haven't been using Ivory because it just doesn't sound as clear - especially in the lower treble - as the CP 300's internal "Grand Piano 1." The frustrating thing for me is . . . I know, from having listened to your video along with the demo clips on Ivory's website, that this piano is capable of sounding great.

    I also wanted to ask if Ivory's Steinways, in your opinion, sound better than the Italian Grand? (and if there's less fiddling involved to make them sound good). I'd really value your feedback - I'm really trying to get the best piano sound I can with a software based instrument.

    Thanks for your consideration,
    Scott

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  9. 7notemode,

    I am getting back into piano and focusing on learning to play jazz standards. I certainly enjoy and appreciate your wonderful playing. Thank you!

    But the best part is how your photos are all relatively obscure. Why? Because you look like a dead ringer for me! Obviously a full-on picture of you won't look precisely like me, so it's cool this way.

    Feel free to see if you agree and friend me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gmyerssinger

    Cheers,
    Greg

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  10. Hi 7notemode,
    Greetings from the Gold Coast, Queensland and thanks very much for the many hours of jazz education and enjoyment.
    One Request : Please advise the 5 decension chords in the 8th measure of your rendition of All The Things You Are
    I've tree but failed !
    Thanks in advance,
    Eric nosliwed

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  11. Hey 7NM

    Rarely have I heard a talent that reaches out the way that you do through your piano playing! For me Tony Bennett is the greatest person who ever lived with regards to interpretation of his songs and how he actually gets those songs across to the listener.
    Congratulations...... You are the Tony Bennett of the piano. It doesn't get any better than that!!!

    stay well my friend
    Tom

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    1. TB of piano..... a great compliment! Thank you so much. I appreciate your comment.

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  12. Hi 7notemode,

    You are truly amazing in your gift and the desire to share it freely with others makes you a most generous giver. I was impressed when I stumbled upon your hymn reharm of Rock of Ages. That you would take the time to show us your thought process in putting an arrangement such as this together was very commendable. I, for one, have been disecting it and savoring your talent and finesse. Being that I am a church musician, means that I am always looking for hymn reharms and boy was I ever excited to find this. I play the B3 organ. It was truly a rare find - I would put it in the category of a 1 in a million. I have scoured the YouTube videos for many months and have not found such a gem as your playing before. Bravo sir. You made mention of a term that I am not personally familiar with "flutter pedaling" but maybe because I come from an organ background. Once again, thank you for sharing your talent with us and I pray God's blessings on you (hopefully you are not offended by that).

    A friend,

    Dave W.

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    1. Hello Dave,
      Thank you so much for your very kind message. I appreciate it. Yea, flutter pedaling is rapid up and down over a small range of the pedal's range of motion. I can be done to make sustained notes decay faster (by lightly touching the strings with the dampers multiple times); or it can be use to create linkages between notes without too much overtone mush.
      Best,
      Tom(7note)

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    2. Tom,

      Thanks for your response and explanation. I imagine a technique like that would take much practice to perfect. I could definitely tell that there was something going on when I looked at your midi file for Rock of Ages. There was not a definite start and stop point like most pedals have on a midi file. Usually I would just see a 127 full on pedal and then a 0 for the full off but yours had many many variations in there with sometimes neither a 127 or 0. Thanks again and I do appreciate your talent and gift.

      Dave W.

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  13. Tom,

    Just wondering if sometime when you are just sitting down in your free time and 'tinkering' if you could play a reharm (or just your jazz version) of "Amazing Grace" on your digital keyboard. I would not need a tutorial on it but I would be willing to pay you for a midi file of your ideas. They would not need to be polished or complete but just something to use as a springboard for new ideas. I am just interested in 'picking your brain' so to speak. And this all comes from your gorgeous rendition of "Rock of Ages". You could PM me if this would work for you.

    Dave W.

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  14. I just have to say you are an inspiration to me! I have been a jazz trombonist most of my life. I was fortunate enough to meet a Dutch jazz sax player who sat in with Duke Ellington just after the war and performed on radio during the day and swing bands all night. He moved to Vancouver and I met him in while playing in a marching band/concert band. When I was 16 I was playing in pro swings bands with him and I loved it. Now 30 years later I am learning piano so my wife and I can retire and play on cruise ships together (she is a singer). Your piano style is awesome and I am using your videos to practice to. Love (Georgia and Tunisia!!)
    Thanks for sharing your talent!

    Hank

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    1. Hank, Thank you for your note. Glad it is helping...sounds like a nice retirement plan!!

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  15. Tom, Mr. 7notemode,

    "I may end up doing a video on my set up, since I'm asked that a fair amount. I use Logic more often than GarageBand. I use ScreenFlow to layer the videos. I use Midiculous for the digital keys. I was using a Logitech gaming headphone for voiceover, but just bought a lavaliere mic by AKG (I forget model number.) I record the piano using a Zoom H4n with an additional Apex Ribbon mic."

    I make my living doing video camera work. I am an amateur keyboardist. I would love to know how you position or hold the camcorder, what camcorder you use. Also, I'd like to know how you get this animated keyboard display which outlines in blue the notes. To get the video picture in your GEORGIA ON MY MIND video, you had to mix the animated keyboard at the top of the screen, while showing the video below. Kindly tell me what video editing software you use. If you do make a video on your setup, please email the link to this video.

    Thanks,
    Christopher S
    Arlington, VA

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  16. I use an iphone on a tripod with a clip on wide angle lens.
    Digital Keyboard is by Midiculous
    Video layering is done in ScreenFlow.

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  17. Tom;

    I noticed a video on Pianoteq. Have you tried it ? What is your take on it as compared to sampled programs?

    Bill

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    1. Pianoteq is a paradox. It sounds the least like a piano but plays the most like a piano. I really enjoy playing it. I just have the entry level version 4.5 Stage.

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  18. Tom,

    I really enjoyed your version of Moanin' - a song I am currently working on. Can you give me some advice on the scales to improvise over. Obviously most of it will be over F blues, but would you suggest anything else?

    Your technique is admirable. Advice on that as well please. Hanon exercises, simple scales or what!?

    Regards,

    GEoff

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  19. Tom,

    Would you mind letting me know what is the make and model of the digital keyboard that you download various piano samplings to.

    Really enjoy your tutorials.


    John

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    1. Yamaha CP300 I use Ivory German D, Ivory American D and Galaxy Vintage D mainly

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  20. Hello Tom!

    Greetings from Canada! Came across your music while I was looking at the Naro Moro River Lodge, in Kenya where I visited some years ago. Could you please tell me the name of the piece of music you are playing in this video? It somehow eludes me!

    Am absolutely in awe of your playing and thank you for the pleasure it has given.


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    1. Hello again!

      By listening to more of your music tonight, have now been able to answer the above question myself!

      Again thank you.



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    2. Good, because I didn't know which video you were referring to.
      Best and thanks.
      7note

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    3. Hello!

      This is what I was referring to!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SMXSq8Tmxs

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    4. ha! didn't know that existed.

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  21. Hi Tom
    Is there are chance you can put up again your tutorial on Georgia on my mind with scores running for easier reference

    Thanks a lot

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  22. Do you have the score for Over the Rainnbow, the version that you recorded on YouTube?

    Chi

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  23. Do you have any recommendation on Jazz books for a classically trained pianist?

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  24. i picked up ivory american d and on one of you videos i copied your setting. i was wondering do you have anymore of them using the american d maybe the jazz piano?

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  25. 7notemode, First of all you are amazing. I have been trying to find a contact for you. Just wondering what it would cost for you to do a tutorial video for two songs I would love to learn. Harry Connick JR "if i only had a brain" and Song for you by Christina Aguilera.
    She sings a Jazz version. I have a major love for the piano and I am learning. Not sure if you have time to do tutorial request. Thank you.

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