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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 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

Commonly-Used Jazz Chord Progressions

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

The [Major] ii7-V7-IM7 Chord Progression

The [Minor] iiø7-V7-i(7) Chord Progression

  • iiø7-V7-i(7) Theory & Ear Training
  • iiø7-V7-i(7) Scale-Chord Relationships

Modal Harmony

  • The Mixolydian Scale-Chord
  • The Dorian Scale-Chord
  • Dorian Modal Harmony: Stacked Fourths
  • Dorian Minor 11th
  • Quartal Harmony

Rhythm Changes

  • I7-VI7-ii7-V7
  • III7-VI7-II7-V7

Jazz 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

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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