Jazz / Pop Improv

Nearly all of our students improvise popular and jazz piano at their piano lessons. We use a wide variety of fake books as the basis for the improvisations. What you will find on this Jazz and Popular Piano page are examples of Howard or Karen using the techniques we teach our students in a variety of older popular and jazz songs.

We wish we could include more modern songs, but we are unable to offer them for free download because of copyright considerations. However, you could use what we have done with these songs as a pattern to apply to any song you would like to play in a jazz or pop piano style.

  • John’s Rock [download] (left click)
  • Kelly’s Blues [download] (left click)
  • K Talks Back [download] (left click)
  • Melancholy Baby [download] (left click)
  • Michael Row the Boat Ashore [download] (left click)
  • Michael Dreamy [download] (left click)
  • Michael Swing [download] (left click)
  • New Keyboard Boogie [download] (left click)
  • Peg O’ My Heart [download] (left click)
  • Rev It Up! [download] (left click)
  • Oh When The Saints Go Marching In [download] (left click)
  • Scarborough Fair [download] (left click)
  • By the Light of the Silvery Moon [download] (left click)
  • St. Louis Blues [download] (left click)
  • This Train [download] (left click)
  • Tom Dooley [download] (left click)
  • Wayfaring Stranger [download] (left click)
  • I’ve Been Working On the Railroad [download] (left click)
  • Workin’ Out Blues [download] (left click)