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Jazz School: [Major] ii7-V7-IM7 Etude: Root Plus Definitive Tones

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Lesson Goal: To master the definitive tones (3, 7) for each chord in the ii-V-I progression in all keys…

Applied to the ii7-V7-IM7 chord progression in the key of C, creating a very simple, sparse, open sound…

  • Dm7: Root = D, b3 = F, b7 = C
  • G7: Root = G, 3 = B, b7 = F
  • CM7: Root = C, 3 = E, 7 = B

Variation #1 in the key of C Major…

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Now play the right hand above as a rootless left-hand voicing, leaving your right hand free to play the melody or improvise…

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Variation #2 in the key of C Major…

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Now play the right hand above as a rootless left-hand voicing, leaving your right hand free to play the melody or improvise…

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Using your knowledge of the major scales and chord structure (and your ears of course), play this pattern in all keys around the cycle of dominants: C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A D, G.

Aside: Is anybody interested in the notation for all keys?

Learning by doing in this manner will build an enormous scale and chord vocabulary that integrates visio-spatial keyboard awareness, ear training, technique, and rhythm… and lays a solid foundation for fluent improvisation.

Lots more coming soon!

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