From Herbie Hancock's MasterClass

Listen and Learn: "Oleo"

Listen, practice, and play along with Herbie’s solo performance of Sonny Rollins's standard, a classic example of rhythm changes.

Topics include: Listen And Learn: “Oleo”


Listen, practice, and play along with Herbie’s solo performance of Sonny Rollins's standard, a classic example of rhythm changes.

Topics include: Listen And Learn: “Oleo”

Herbie Hancock

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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.

In this MasterClass, I learned to have the confidence in exploring new ways to make music. There are still unique ways of using instruments to be had, and reharmonizing a tune can add so much. It was really great to see Herbie Hancock display his talents by using the language of music to teach and tell his story.

Loved the study on voicings. Very cool way of viewing chord structures.

I really like this Master Class so many enlightenment about Jazz and Herbie Hancock who is central figure of my musical view

Very inspirational course. This course alone was probably worth the price of the yearly Masterclass pass. The amazing warm kindness and modesty of this great artist is certainly a model to follow. This is not a technical jazz course though - there still is some serious woodshedding to do !


gadi F.

This lesson is useless without the sheet music. It's just a video of Herbie being a great piano player, but we already knew that. I have asked for a transcription but they just keep sending me the PDF of the lesson, which as we know is empty. I hope someone sees this and gives us an answer...

Lee R.

It seems that no one managing this website is reading students concerns about the missing transcript (which was apparently present at one time), or comments have been noticed and not responded to. Disappointing.

Rhesa S.

When can I play like this? It was awesome!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Kenneth S.

Wow... just... WOW! This is a moment to stop, play from the inspiration, and come back to it again. Like, can we download this audio to listen to?

Antoon G.

Again to push up the issue of the missing transcript. It would be very useful to check his voicing, also particularly the left hand. Also does ‘the hub’ work for you guys?

Vivienne C.

Before I watched this lesson I could check the transcription on the side while there's a red line goes along while he plays, but somehow I can't do it anymore. Does anyone know why and how I should do? Thank you!

Robin W.

Great stuff. I´m hoping that the next lesson brings a little clarity to what I am to do with this piece. Right now I feel like I have been given a diagram of a rocket, a pile of bolts and a note that says, ¨Good luck!¨

Julie S.

Just thinks it's super cool how Herbie and Brandford Marsalis (on the sax) were trading jabs back and forth in their version on "Oleo" with Herbie Hancock and his quartet.

Tim G.

some have mentioned a transcription - is that of Herbies playing Oleo here, if so where?

Steven P.

It would be nice if we could download this MP3 so I can listen to it for a year straight haha!