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Herbie Hancock

Lesson time 3:47 min

Meet your instructor, legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock. For Herbie, music is more than the notes you play. Learn how to open your mind—and ears—to the real story.

Herbie Hancock
Teaches Jazz
Learn to improvise, compose, and develop your own sound across 25 video lessons.
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What are we going to study in these master classes? We're going to talk about harmony, we're going to talk about melody. We're going to talk about clusters. We're going to talk about chord voicings, counter rhythms, and looking at one's own ability to develop one's own sound, and the appreciation of a more expansive view of music. I think if you can walk away with that kind of feeling, then I think these lessons will have been a success. I hope that, with this class, you might be able to walk away with a sense of wonder about possibilities of choices of your own. And I hope you walk away excited about trying new things. I can't do it for you. I'm not you. And you don't want to sound like me, you want to sound like you. So it's up to you to really take the ball from here and create the game yourself. I'm Herbie Hancock, and this is my master class.

Find Your Sound

Herbie Hancock's jazz career started in his family's living room, listening to his favorite records and trying to play along. Now, he's one of the most celebrated musicians in the world. Join Herbie at the piano as he shares his approach to improvisation, composition, and harmony. Gain access to 10+ original piano transcriptions, including 5 exclusive solo performances.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

To have been taught by the master and legend Herbie Hancock was an unreachable dream. Through Masterclass I was able to fufill that dream and more. Herbie Hancock not only taught me about jazz and music in general but about life and humanity. Thank you Masterclass for providing the way to make this possible.

Nowhere near done watching all the videos again! Herbie taught me a lot about music as well as life.

Inspiration, not afraid to be me, and practice...practice

Thanks to all the masterclass team and to Mr. Hancock for such an amazing class! Really appreciate all the knoledge and Mr. Hancock music philosophy.


Joel Kirk R.

I suppose if you were only allowed one MasterClass about JAZZ, it had better be HERBIE's! Happy to be here!

Vivian H.

I love how he speaks about authentisity. I find it takes great courage to be willing to brake the molds at times, as you search for your own soul's truth. For me its about really listening to the music and seeing where the emotional rsonance leads me. Personally, for growth's sake, its about finding those sweet improvisations, without disruping the collective chi of the song, unless and when we all agree as a group, to stretch ourselves beyond what we thought was either allowed or acceptable. As a self taught drummer, its about intuitively knowing when to do so, and when to fall back and just hold a sacred space for others .

A fellow student

I Like the Jazz aspect, but is there any mode specific to bass? I'd like to get a lot better.

Anthony A.

Many of these classes offer nothing a beginner can grasp let alone work with. The fact they ask what level you are is irrelevant as the class offers only one setting.


I had to take this MasterClaass. I don't mean I was forced, or required, to take it....I mean this is the one that I was looking for all along. I started composing about a year and a half ago, and I've dabbled in various genres. But I noticed that regardless of the genre, if I incorporated some jazz, I was on my game. I have a good feeling about this MasterClass.

Susanna R.

Hi Mayuko, I arrived at the ninth lesson but I stopped at the eighth lesson to deepen the practice by playing the piano with piano arpeggios scales etc .. as Herbie says. I have to do a lot of exercise .... I also practice English with translating :)) now it's a little bit better;))


This experience with Mr. Herbie Hancock will be a dream come true. I am so grateful that Mr. Hancock is sharing his gift here with me and with others. I am looking forward to interacting with others as well. I am very excited to get back fully into playing piano and learning Jazz that I have always been wanting to for almost 30 years. Thank you for this opportunity!

George K.

What a pleasant personality........!! After all he has achieved... Thank you for starting that performance is coming from each of us, and certainly is our story..

Damian C.

I just love Herbie Hancock, always have, always will. Been listening to his music all my life and although he wasn't playing with them at the time had the chance to hear live one of his early bands, the Head Hunters at the Basement in Sydney, Australia.

Susanna R.

Everything that Herbie says is very interesting and enriching, I'm Italian and sometimes I have a bit of difficulty in the translation :))