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030: The Rhythm of Success, with Steve Nixon (Free Jazz Lessons)

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Today we're joined by Steve Nixon of FreeJazzLessons.com, one of (if not the) top websites for playing jazz piano - though actually it covers some non-jazz material too, and if you’re thinking that jazz means “advanced”, this episode is going to set you straight.   Although Steve specialises in piano, pretty much everything we talk about today applies across all instruments, and most of it is highly relevant outside of jazz too, so whatever instrument and genre you play, you’ll get a lot from this conversation.   Steve has an impressive background as a musician and music educator. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, he played over 1,800 gigs as a professional pianist in over 17 countries around the world, performing with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Koko Taylor and Buddy Guy.   He’s taught over 14,000 piano lessons and created FreeJazzLessons.com, the largest jazz piano education website in the world, which reaches over 60,000 students each month.   In this conversation we talk about:   • Steve’s opinion on the importance of musical talent versus hard work and how much each has contributed to his own enormous success • His philosophy on improvising - and a cool trick for how you can make your improvisation sound more interesting, even with just a single scale over a single chord • Plus the importance of rhythm skills and three great tips for how to develop your own sense of rhythm   And if you're starting to think about getting called on to play Christmas music this year, you won't want to miss what Steve shares about making the same-old Christmas tunes feel fresh and exciting for your audience.   Subscribe For Future Episodes! Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | RSS   Full Show Notes and Transcript: Episode 030   Links and Resources • FreeJazzLessons.com • Course: Zero to Hero • Course: Jazz Improvisation Super System • Preview videos for Jazz Improvisation Super System course • Course: The Christmas Jazz Piano Super System • Steve's Inner Circle program • Steve’s interview on the Learn Jazz Standards podcast • The Musicality Podcast: Finding Chords in Scales   Enjoying the show? Please consider rating and reviewing it! Click here to rate and review