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Listen and Learn: "Oleo"

Herbie Hancock

Lesson time 05:51 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.

words cannot describe how beautiful this class is

The workbook was valuable and I'm looking forward to applying the exercises. Especially appreciate where sheet music was provided. Would appreciate more step-by-step breakdown of techniques and concepts (e.g. harmony) discussed.

I'm a professional classical pianist transitioning to Jazz after many years... What a joy and an honor to be able to learn from the great Herbie Hancock. Utterly inspiring. Thanks for all who have made this possible and, especially, to Mr. Hancock. G.C. Boston

I have escaped my musical box of thinking and am refreshingly inspired by life in music



I find this just amazing As a beginner, I really the sound of the piano. I'd be happy to learn just a few bars LOL Such a joy to listen to and appreciate.

Noel H.

Love this class with Herbie Hancock! Gives me freedom and confidence to try stuff. Thank you Mr. Hancock for liberating my mind and heart!

Antonio P.

This is a great video. To those who want the sheet music or otherwise do not find this lesson to be valuable, I echo the sentiments of one of the commenters who gets it: "This is a moment to stop, play from the inspiration, and come back to it again." I agree. In the context of this series, this video makes sense. Listen, emulate. Compare this to the Miles Davis version, others. There is great value in that, to start. Perhaps more technical advice is from another comment, with which I also agree: "All you need do is pick 1 Bar or 2 Bars that appeal to you and learn how to play that. Imitate his articulation or listen and work out how he voices the chord or work out and digest what the melody line he's playing is and how that sits with the chord. You can find the chords for Oleo / Rhythm Changes easily online or on the iRealPro app. He's played this in Bb which is the usual key. "

mark R.

Sorry, but this was not a lesson, at least for this beginner. I have no idea what he was doing, and the lesson plan? Huh?

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!