I randomly found this website a few days ago by searching for a video course and was really blown away by this arrangement of Corazon Espinado…Practicing and playing this is the most fun I’ve had behind the piano the past year … the way you’ve broken down the rhythm and build on it is a real eye opener for me.
Thanks so much for providing this content at such a reasonable price!… Thanks again to Chuck and to Baden! Would love to see more Latin stuff and/or more Santana!
I know I will be requesting more of the same…I was a South Carolina teen into traveling the southeast with Soul groups and then checked out for many years…glad I am back! And on you website! You are an inspiration!
…I found myself at my piano again trying to figure out Wastin Time No More. So I went on youTube found your site and here I am. Really great lessons to say the least and I bought the entire package. I’m hoping to learn the piano parts then record the guitar and bass call a singer friend and I have a few drummers here at work. I’d really like to see if I can come close to re-producing the recording. I hope that’s ok, certainly not looking to make anything from it. If I have the time of course, …
Anyway…. I just wanted to tell you what a HUGE part of my life your music was and all the memories it brings. I used to live down south and the culture stayed with me to this day. I have never had an opportunity like this so thought I’d try and write…
Once again, THANK YOU so much for just being you and creating that wonderful music that I have never grown tired of.
the way that you have organized the levels progressively!
I’ve been playing piano all my life, but I’ve always had trouble finding good, true arrangements of songs. But the quality of the songs on irocku is excellent, and so is the instruction. Collin does a great job breaking songs down and explaining some of the theory without getting bogged down. Having a Classical background, I’ve always struggled with left-hand rhythms of rock songs, and the groove charts have made a huge difference. I play in a local classic rock band, and I’m looking forward to incorporating some of these riffs into my playing.
Chuck, I’ve been a huge fan of yours for a long time… You’re blessed with a remarkable talent…Thank you for sharing your talents and these songs on irocku with other piano players like me. I’m looking forward to learning all of these songs as well as seeing what new ones y’all come up with. I wish you much success with the website!
I’m a classical piano player and am just getting started in improvisation and comp. Seeing the sheet music really helped it sink in for me – I was trying to learn the solo by ear and it was taking me weeks! With the sheet music I got it in 2 hours. 🙂
I love this course. Great tunes you’ve supplied and a very helpful approach to learning at different levels…. I have been a member for less than a month, but am really lovin this site! I’ve probably spent more time at the piano this month than any over the past 40 years or so that I’ve played. I can play a decent level 6 on three of the songs so far and can’t wait to get into more. After playing the same types of songs for what seems like forever, these lessons have added a whole new perspective to my music. I’ve tried other self-help jazz and blues piano books/CDs, but haven’t been able to really progress with them.Thanks
Thanks for the music
You guys have opened up a new musical chapter in my life, Thanks. Thanks.
I have tried for a few years now to find a way to learn your solos because you and Johnnie johnson are my favorite piano players…I just found your irocku website and I do not know if I have been this excited for a long time. So just wanted to say THANK YOU and I can’t believe that I finally get to figure out what you were doing on Jessica!!
I’m a 61 year old classically trained piano player who hasn’t had a whole lot in the way of formal lessons since high school, but have managed to keep my fingers working and learned a few random pieces along the way, with some (truthfully, less than stellar) forays into various musical avenues. For quite a while I’ve had a hankering to get into some New Orleans style piano and suchlike: music that is fun to play and to listen to.
Imagine my delight when I stumbled on your site and found the lesson for “Tipitina”. I’ve learned so much just from this one piece in a short time (am now playing level 7 with relative fluidity) and it has brought me enormous pleasure.
The combination of videos, lessons, exercises, etc is amazingly effective and works perfectly for a motivated (if normally slow!) learner like me. I can literally sit for three or four hours working away at various aspects and still not be bored. The sense of progress and accomplishment is fantastically rewarding. In a sense I have had many of the pieces to be a reasonably competent pianist but your approach is helping me to put them all together in a unique and fun way. Of course, I still have a long long way to go!
But on to “Such a Night” and “Jessica”: the fun continues …Thanks again for the thoughtful and comprehensive program. Keep it coming!
FYI, I saw/heard you, Chuck, with Alex Taylor’s band in Lincoln Nebraska when you were the opening act for the ABB. I was instantly a fan of your playing, and remain so. Thanks for sharing your talents through irocku.
Thanks for the irocku site. I look forward to enjoying each new lesson….keep up the good work!
This program is truly a GODSEND!
What I love is that these tunes are most like the original songs, in that it’s not some sheet music with a tapped in “melody line” (like typically seen in a music book). This encourages real learning- not just sight reading or sounding out notes in chords etc… I don’t think I have ever seen music being taught and presented in such a way- so as to allow the student to learn that the chords/notes are set out in a way that is so conducive to improvisation! That is truly a new and exciting way of piano instruction, to my mind. What is so beneficial and enlightening is that the student is challenged and encouraged to explore the music through progressions/riffs and improvisation with various levels of difficulty. For a pianist to be able to take those skills and improvisational ideas into other music pieces is a crucial and enlightening “a-ha” mind shift.
The tunes are also geared toward playing along in a band type situation. Not straight melody lines. I love that aspect… I have had the benefit of many years of classical music piano training, and while I still love the genre, when I get playing in our band on our modern music (rock and roll, country, blues, folk & some jazz) I wish I had managed (years ago) to somehow get beyond playing the “music” on the page (sight reading), to be able to find a place where I would feel more comfortable and confident to work on improvising. That isn’t really taught well in classical music instruction. Perhaps things have changed now, but years ago, this was not the focus of piano lessons. It is this aspect of teaching piano that is the hardest to do. I have looked for a long time to find the “right” teacher who could assist me to do this, with not much luck, I’m afraid. This website allows me to try it out- and it’s just plain FUN! I am so happy I found your website!.
That’s it from me for today. I am over the moon playing “Such a Night” Level 5. Dr John…I love it!! Some very interesting moves in that tune that I love. Good challenges and I love the change up in the tempos and the riffs. Wow. It’s a great one. It’s been a ton of years since I played piano like I love it. How unfortunate that I never felt inspired much to pursue it for so many years. I guess our band has refreshed my memory that I shouldn’t have done that! Sure is fun catching up though, and I’m on the hunt to expand my piano skills and gain confidence in playing in our band. Your website: reveille and enlightenment. Play on!! Thank you so much.
Probably like many of the players using this site, I took piano lessons when I was younger for several years, and my playing fell by the wayside due to other commitments and now am able to get back in to it. I’m a pure hobby pianist and really do need to read music to play, but I am trying to get more in to putting things together by ear…
Thanks again for everyone who is contributing to this site, I definitely see it as a lifelong investment!
I stumbled across irocku a few days ago. What an awesome website! Great song selection with very helpful lessons and authentic arrangements, particularly the note-for-note transcription of the solo on Jessica. I’m currently working my way through four songs and I’m sure there will be many more.
I personally get a lot out of the lessons and transcriptions of the improvisations. For example, the Level 7 improv of “Come and Go Blues”, especially when it breaks into the triplets at measure 5. Wow, I have practiced that now in every key until I can do it at speed, and what an addition to my playing.
Same for the Level 7 Improv of “Southbound”, and several others.
Anyway, thanks for the site. And congrats on the Stones tour!
I love that I can start out on level 5 and progress to level 7. Some of the songs I’m working on level 7 but the improv is more complicated, so, I am working on level 5 until I can progress. It’s great!
Thanks that you care what people think and that you give such quick responses to questions and concerns. MUSIC IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL!!!
I’m a self-taught pianist who took about 20 years off, and just got back into playing a few months ago. It’s been the best decision I’ve made!
The format of the lessons and scales are great…I love it – can’t wait to see what songs will be added next!! Thank you!
You guys get it right. You integrate learning and general musicianship into the lessons, provide both the specific note-by-note transcription as well as the global groove map so we know where we are in the big picture, and all in a multi-tiered structure for many ability levels. Damn!!!
The best value out there for learning and improving piano in this wonderful genre. Thank you very much.
I had two gigs this weekend and my chops are most definitely improving from the course. Thanks…!
I dived in running the videos of the groove chart and the lesson on level 3 (for starters) many times until it became ingrained. I went to the piano and it happened quickly. Honestly, I am really happy because this has breathed new life into my playing. I was getting bored and frustrated trying to eventually play the music (like the songs on your site) without these tools. Now I can really progress.
My complements to Chuck, and the Team – you put together a really fabulous site. It was very well thought out and inspired!
I could go on and on, but I feel blessed to have stumbled upon irocku It’s just super.
I’ve been a fan of your music, and thanks to you and your contempories this style of music is permanently on the musical map…I love the IROCKU lessons. Thanks for everything.