Jake Smolowe

is creating Piano Compositions, Improvisations, Music Videos and Tutorials
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Early Access!
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Thank you! You get access to my Patron-only Activity Feed, including:
  • audio/video recordings of improvisations, compositions and works-in-progress, before anybody else sees them
  • written posts on what I'm listening to, working on and inspired by
mp3 Downloads!
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Thank you! You get everything in the Early Access reward tier, plus:
  • mp3 downloads of every piano improv video and finished composition I publish
Tutorial Videos and Your Name in the Credits!
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Thank you! You get everything in the mp3 Downloads reward tier, plus:
  • early access to piano tutorial videos focusing on jazz harmony, rhythmic and melodic concepts, and grooves that I'm working on
  • I'll put your name in the credits of my videos!




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About Jake Smolowe


My name is Jake Smolowe, and I'm a pianist, music teacher and composer from San Francisco, CA. I teach in-person lessons 5-6 days/week, and when I'm not teaching I make music videos featuring my original compositions and on-the-spot improvisations! I also make piano tutorials on YouTube.

Why Patreon?

1. So I can make creating a bigger part of my life. I write a lot of music but rarely record or release what I write. I plan to change that starting with this Patreon launch, and your support would allow me to create video and/or studio versions of my compositions! I write for solo piano and larger jazz ensembles, and some electronic music too, and I hope to make all of that a part of this page in the coming months and years!

2. So I can up my piano education game with tutorial videos. Having additional support from generous fans like you would also afford me the time and resources to devote myself to producing educational piano videos on a regular basis, so that I can spread the joy of learning music to more people around the world!

What's the Jake Smolowe sound?

Mostly jazz, with a lot of other genres mixed in. Blues, gospel, funk, classical, rock, country, reggae, bossa nova, afro-cuban—it's all fair game! Above all, I try reach a certain core of emotional beauty in my playing. I want to create music that speaks to people's souls, and often that takes me to some unexpected places! One of my biggest inspirations is Brad Mehldau. To me his improvisations are mesmerizing; they draw you in and take you on a path that twists and turns, weaving different themes and grooves together in ways that constantly surprise and delight. My goal is to capture a similar feeling with my own performances. If you'd like to share in that musical journey, please consider supporting me as a Patron by clicking/tapping the Become a Patron button right here on this page!

Here's an assortment of my YouTube videos:

What is a Patreon page?

This page gives you the opportunity to support me on a monthly basis in both my creative and educational endeavors. I'lI be posting videos of myself improvising at the piano and performing my original compositions (both old and new). In addition, I'll be posting piano tutorials, writing thoughts on my sources of musical inspiration, and interacting with you via my Activity Feed. There are several Reward Tiers, from $1/month all the way up to $50/month, so explore them all and pick the one you like the most! Any tier you choose will be greatly appreciated and will allow me to devote more time to composing and performing my own music.

If you change your mind, your budget changes or you can no longer continue as a Patron, you always have the option to change your Reward Tier or cancel your Patronage, whenever you like, with no penalties whatsoever.

What if I can't pledge right now?

I also plan to continue releasing videos on YouTube, on my website, and elsewhere, so if you like my music but can't become a Patron at this time, please consider subscribing to my YouTube page!
Thank you all so much for your support—it means the world to me that you are helping me live a creative life.

- Jake
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You're helping me pay for yearly feature updates for Sketch so I can keep on making handy music theory graphics for my tutorials!
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