Jazz School

Learning Outcomes

Learn to play Jazz Piano in a variety of authentic styles.

Links to Lessons

(Most links are down pending a major content upgrade, but rollout is planned over the course of May, June, and July… check back often for updates!)

Introduction to Jazz

Everything Frank Thinks He Knows About Jazz in Fifteen Minutes
How to Use these Studies || How NOT to Study Jazz ||
Lead Sheets || Solo Versus Ensemble Playing || The Solo Development Process ||

Jazz Chord Voicings

Common Jazz Chord Progressions

  • Jazz Blues Chord Voicings
  • The My Funny Valentine Thing
  • Tritone Substitution
  • Turnarounds
  • Rhythm Changes
  • Secondary Dominant 7 Cycles

The ii7-V7-IM7 Chord Progression

  • ii7-V7-IM7 Theory & Ear Training
  • ii7-V7-IM7 Scale-Chord Relationships
  • ii7-V7-IM7 Chord Voicings: Basic || Shells || Add9 || Definitive Tones ||
    Triad Over Root || ii9-V13-IM9 || V7,b9 || V7,b9,13 || V7,#9,b13
  • ii7-V7-IM7 Soloing Ideas: Scale Tones || Chord Tones || Scale & Chord Tones ||
    Sequence || Repeated Note || Riff || Intervals || Target Notes ||
    Definitive Tones || Blues Lick || Diatonic Triad Melody ||
    Chromatic Approach || Doodles

The iiø7-V7-i7 Chord Progression

  • iiø7-V7-i7 Theory & Ear Training
  • iiø7-V7-i7 Scale-Chord Relationships

Rhythm Changes:

  • I7-VI7-ii7-V7
  • III7-VI7-II7-V7

Rhythm

Swing || Latin || Ballads

Walking Bass Lines: Introduction || Two Beats per Chord || Three Beats per Chord ||
Four Beats per Chord || Two Measures per Chord || stay tuned for jazz blues walking bass lines

Jazz Specialty Scales: Mixolydian Bebop Scale || Altered Dominant Scale ||

Study Aids: Practice Tracks: Drums: Jazz Swing

Studies of Jazz Standards

Autumn Leaves: Lead Sheet || Form & Harmony || Form & Melody || Ear Training: Melody || Ear Training: Harmony || Scale-Chords || Comping Chord Voicings || Comping Rhythms || Walking Bass Lines || Intros || Endings || Chord Substitutions || Riffs || Solo Development || Practice Tracks

Chameleon: Lead Sheet || Scale-Chord Pairings || Etudes || Practice Track (Bass & Drums)

Memphis Underground: Lead Sheet || Scale-Chord Pairings || Etudes || Practice Track (Bass & Drums)

So What: Dorian Harmony || The “So What” Voicing

Take the A Train: Lead Sheet || Form & Harmony || Form & Melody || Ear Training: Melody || Ear Training: Harmony || Scale-Chords || Comping Chord Voicings || Comping Rhythms || Walking Bass Lines || Intros || Endings || Chord Substitutions || Riffs || Solo Development || Practice Tracks

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