Music & Entertainment

Listen and Learn: "Oleo"

Herbie Hancock

Lesson time 5:53 min

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

Herbie Hancock
Teaches Jazz
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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.

Learned about improvisation from a jazz legend and how he approaches music. This will help me explore more possibilities when composing music.

Thank you Herbie Hancock - that class changed my life - you changed my life - thank you for that - from the bottom of my heart!

I can never play anything but the most basic jazz: a few 7/9 chords. But seeing the struggles even a great player like him has gone through along with his humility is inspiring. There's no reason I can't work hard, find my own voice, and reach my own level.

This course provided me the in site of not being afraid to try different ideals and the importance of being humble.


Louis H.

yo guys I just found the workbook I downloaded last year which has the transcription in it. if anyone would like it, drop me an email at

Mark J.

Herbie is Herbie, but this lesson is worthless without a transcription. The PDF is missing sheet music for the entire piece, and Masterclass has known this for nine months. The sheet music used to be included, Iʻm not sure what happened but Masterclass is really ripping you off if you paid for this class thinking it would be transcribed.


Sei un grande, è un onore poterti ascoltare vedere, e leggere. Grazie Masterclass, oggi mi sento "piccolo" ma sono felice.

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!¨