Jesus Molina

Teaches Jazz piano & Improvisation

$144 (One-time payment)
Course subtitles: English, French

Discover how to create new and original music ideas!

Learn how to make arranging your favorite songs fun and exciting!

Develop your skills by following our successful step-by-step practice strategy!

Transform the way you play violin

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   15 Video lessons ( 1h 37m )
    Only need basic violin skills
    Learn at your own pace

    Step-by-step practice guide
    Music notation
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What will you learn?

Lindsey teaches you everything she knows in this class, transforming the way you create music. Learn her fun and creative approach to playing violin and leave the class with a new set of ready-to-use violin and arranging skills.

Jesús Molina's Influences

Jesús started off playing sax, which explains a lot of the melodic approaches to his piano playing. In this lesson, he teaches you how to use your influences to find your musical identity.

Warming Up

This may come as a surprise to most pianists, but Jesús doesn’t have a standard warm up daily routine. In this lesson, Jesús goes through some of the exercises he plays while “warming up”.

Left Hand Exercise

One of the amazing features in Jesús’ playing is his ability to effortlessly play 10th and even 11th intervals in his left hand. In this lesson, Jesús demonstrates the ways that he’s trained his left hand to be just as accurate and technically sound as his right hand.

Right Hand Exercise

By isolating each finger, Jesús trains each finger to accent specific notes in time, independent of the remaining fingers. This lesson demonstrates the exercises that allow Jesús to have accuracy and control in his right hand.

Hand Independence

This is one of Jesús’ favorite topics of discussion, hand independence. The take away from this lesson is to learn the disciplines required to develop hand independence, with the objective of connecting both hands to compliment one another musically.

Stretched Voicing

This lesson uses what Jesús practices on a daily basis to improve his reach so that he’s able to play stretched voicings to teach you how to do the same!

Dexterity

“It’s not about playing fast, it’s about playing accurately”. Every musician wants to be able to express themselves freely and with clarity, so that others listening can clearly understand and appreciate what’s being heard.

Mirror Technique

This lesson goes through the ways that Jesús uses the mirror technique to add a seemingly complex layer of counterpoint melodies in both hands.

Playing in Odd Meters

The key to a lot of elite musician’s mastery of their instrument is the ability to simplify. In this lesson, Jesús uses a 7/8 groove to show his approach to feeling an odd meter in a 4/4 time signature.

Block Voicing and Drop 2's

Harmonizing a melodic phrase can sometimes give the effect of a brass section that’s harmonizing. In this lesson, Jesús demonstrates the chord qualities he uses for block voicings and drop 2’s, along with the ways he uses them in a musical context.

Blues Piano

This lesson showcases Jesús’ approach to the standard 12 bar blues progression – from his right hand voicings, blues riffs, use of the blues scale, and rhythmic variations.

Licks and Runs

In this lesson, Jesús shows how you can begin to unlock your creative potential when improvising through the combination of Bebop, Hard Bop, and arpeggiating chords.

Modern Jazz Concepts

In this lesson, Jesús demonstrates how he takes a progression and turns it into a composition by applying rhythmic movements, ostinatos, and compound meter based phrases.

Art of Comping

Comping refers to the chords you play when you’re soloing or accompanying. In this lesson, Jesús teaches you how to be effective at comping by becoming aware of the harmonic structure of a song and what the other harmonic instruments are playing. 

Reharmonization

From pedal tone, ascending chromatically, to descending chromatically, this lesson shows the different techniques Jesús uses when reharmonizing.

How to Solo

The best speakers are often great storytellers – music is the same. In this lesson, Jesús demonstrates how he uses different concepts to convey his musical ideas and create engaging conversations through his soloing.

Musical Personality

Every musician’s goal is to gain their own sense of identity and sound. In this lesson, Jesús demonstrates how he mixes the styles he loves, along with his musical tendencies to develop his musical personality.

Respect the Melody

One of the worst things a pianist can do is start a song off by playing tons of lines before fully establishing the melody. This lesson shows how to first establish the melody, then create various embellishments of the melody.

How to Solo

The best speakers are often great storytellers – music is the same. In this lesson, Jesús demonstrates how he uses different concepts to convey his musical ideas and create engaging conversations through his soloing.

Musical Personality

Every musician’s goal is to gain their own sense of identity and sound. In this lesson, Jesús demonstrates how he mixes the styles he loves, along with his musical tendencies to develop his musical personality.

Ideas From Other Instruments

It’s important for you as a pianist to always look for inspiration outside of your instrument. In this lesson, you will learn exactly how to do this.

Gospel Influences

If you pay close attention to Jesús’ piano playing, you can hear the many gospel influences. This lesson demonstrates how Jesús incorporates those gospel influences into his playing.

Funk and Fusion Style

In this lesson, Jesús demonstrates what it’s like to apply some of the techniques from our previous lessons to a Funk/Fusion style groove.

Latin Style

In this lesson, Jesús demonstrates how you can incorporate the different rhythmic patterns of Bossa Nova into your piano playing.

Performance Breakdown: "A Little Jazz Exercise"

Performance Breakdown: "Spain"

Dual Keyboards

Jesús Molina Performance

Learn through a step-by-step curriculum

In addition to our in-depth video lessons, use our course book to drastically improve your skills through our chapter summaries, music notation, and practice guides. It’s an easy to follow curriculum designed to enhance your learning experience and further your growth.

1

Lindsey’s influences
  • Find inspiration in the things that move you emotionally.
  • Perform song covers you like. Write new melodies and make them your own.

2

Warm Up Exercises
  • Before playing, ensure your hands are warm. Stretch your wrists, shoulders, and neck.
  • Slowly play through Lindsey’s warm up exercises while maintaining good intonation. 

3

Lindsey’s Songwriting Process
  • Improvise unique phrases over music that you like or with other musicians.
  • Determine a tonal center based on the mood of the song. 
  • Record a chord progression as the foundation to write melodies over.

4

Writing Instrumental Music
  • Determine a song structure to use as a framework.
  • Compose short melodies that will serve as the “A” and “B” phrases for each section.
  • Add variety, embellishments, articulations to your melodies when the form repeats. 
  • Use cohesive musical phrases to connect each section of the song.
  • Stay true to the inspiration of the song and use that to guide your choices.

5

Making A Melody Your Own
  • Choose a mood to base your musical decisions around.
  • Improvise over a chord progression to find the melodic notes you like.
  • Experiment with different articulations, tempos, and melodic shapes.
  • As your writing, think about how these expressions might be perceived by an audience and ensure this is in alignment with your vision.

6

Lindsey’s Favorite Arranging Ideas
  • Experiment with different registers, adding embellishments, or changing articulations.
  • When choosing the register, consider the tone color you want. For example, the uplifting nature of moving from low then high.
  • To preserve familiarity of the original phrases, have the main parts of the phrase fall within the same metric position.

    7

    Arranging Covers
    • Begin by making a list of all the expressive tools at your disposal as a musician.
    • Find music that you want to make a cover of. Then, consider inserting some sort of inspiration to guide your arranging choices.
    • With a clear intention and a working knowledge of the tools available to you, start to inject some of these arranging techniques. Try to strike a balance between preserving enough of the original melody so that it is recognizable while learning to add your own creative ideas.

        8

        Lindsey’s Creative Process
        • Continue to take notice of the expressions that resonate with you.
        • It is important to soul search in order to understand who you are as an artist and what you wish to say. 
        • Choose a source from which to give direction to your writing. Whether it’s hardships or overcoming obstacles, this source should align with the ideas you wish to convey.

        9

        Dancing Violinist
        • Begin small by learning rudimentary steps that are in time with the music you wish to play.
        • Continue to develop your dance repertoire without the burden of having to play theviolin at the same time. 
        • When playing the violin, ensure that you are able to effortlessly play through the music without dancing.
        • Only after internalizing these previous steps, begin to slowly incorporate your violin playing with the dance.

        10

        From Classical To Pop
        • Try to place yourself in spaces where it feels safe to be creatively expressive.
        • Think of ways to expand your exposure to other forms of music and do not limit yourself to the music you play now.
        • Begin then to seek out ways to increase people’s awareness of your art.

        11

        Collaborating with Artists
        • Reach out to other artists whom you would like to work with, whose work you admire.
        • Consider your strengths as an artist and the stories you want to tell through your music.
        • Tap into your “inner child” and think about areas that motivate you creatively and find ways to implement this into your artistry.

        12

        Dealing with Nerves
        • Begin with visualization. In your mind, making it seem as real as possible, run through a performance in which you play perfectly.
        • Seek out opportunities in order to perform more often for people.
        • Before performing, find a quiet space where you can collect your thoughts.

        13

        Preparing For A Show
        • Prior to every performance, ensure you are well rehearsed.
        • Plan ways to create special moments within your show that’ll connect with your audience.
        • Try to strike a balance between having fun and seriousness in your pre-show routine.

        14

        Performance Breakdown: “The Arena”
        • Compose a piece inspired by an idea or experience you care about.
        • Create an arch in your song by incorporating ebb and flow in your composing to add dramatic shifts in the narrative you are conveying.
        • Use contrasting themes from section to section to provide a sense of journey in terms of feel, articulation, and dynamic.
        • Compose embellishments for any repeated sections to help retain listener interest.
        • Add depth by using countermelodies, shifts in octave, and double stops to enhance a feel.

        15

        Advice for Aspiring Violinists
        • Begin to think about the art that inspires you.
        • Find ways in which to view, listen to, or collaborate with the works of other artists.
        • Practice being patient with yourself.
        • Remain resilient in your pursuits as an artist and trust the process. From each experience an artist can learn more about themselves and what they wish to convey in their art.

        Learn from the best

        LINDSEY STIRLING

         

        Lindsey Stirling is a violinist, dancer, and performer who took the world by storm with her unique approach to arranging and performance. In this class, Lindsey teaches her writing process, how she arranges covers, how to use technical vocabulary in a musical way, and the importance of soul searching so that your musical expression is an extension of who you are.

        What students are saying!

        Learn why thousands of students are choosing to learn on Yousicplay.

        Start this wonderful, fun and so engaging course because it’s filled with the same energy that Lindsey puts into her concert where she wholeheartedly shares her gift with the audience. This class will be educational and entertaining for the person who is making their first step in playing the violin and who needs a foundation and motivation to keep honing their skills!

        shevchenko2109
        @shevchenko2109

        I have been listening to Lindsey’s music for years now, and I am truly inspired by her success AND her music. I’m so very excited to see you teaching about it 🙂

        I loved how easy and practical you made each lesson in this class. Having the practice guides and music notation in the course book was a huge help!!

        Niamh Woulfe
        @tempestniamhwoulfe

        Wow, what a great offer!!
        I picked up my violin again just to learn from her. This class was so much fun!

        David Gerull
        @davidgerull

        Definitely a great opportunity to learn to reach for your dreams. Lindsey Stirling is amazing at sharing her musical knowledge and unique style of arranging with others 🙂

        Charles Reitterer
        @charlesreitterer

        I was very excited to start this class cause I’m a HUGE fan of you, that’s why I learned violin cause I want to be like you one day. I feel like I got to know you as a person along with the way you play violin. I can’t wait to start using what I learned from your class in my playing!

        Maribel Olivas
        @maribelolivas

        I don’t think I can react big enough! There is no one I think is better suited to teach these things. I’ve watched each lesson multiple times and they’re are filled with boundless ideas. I’ve already improved my playing so much by practicing the techniques in this class!

        Remington Wright
        @remingtonwright

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