Jazz School

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

Introduction to Jazz

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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

A wide variety of musical effects can be realized by the vertical arrangement of notes in a chord. Given their harmonic complexity, Jazz chords, in particular, offer many opportunities for creative chord voicing.

Major 7 Chord Voicings

Minor 7 Chord Voicings

Dominant 7 Chord Voicings

The [Major] ii7-V7-IM7 Chord Progression

  • ii7-V7-IM7 Basic Chord Voicings, Theory, & Ear Training
  • ii7-V7-IM7: Basic Scale-Chord Pairings
  • ii7-V7-IM7 Etudes
  • 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 Notes || Riff || Intervals || Target Notes || Definitive Tones || Blues Lick || Diatonic Triad Melody ||
    Chromatic Approach || Doodles

The [Minor] iiø7-V7-i Chord Progression

Jazz Blues

  • 12-Bar Jazz Blues Variation #1
  • Jazz Blues Chord Voicings
  • Tritone Substitutions
  • Turnarounds

Rhythm Changes

  • Rhythm Changes A Section Variation #1
  • Rhythm Changes A Section Variation #2
  • Rhythm Changes: B Section: Secondary Dominant 7 Cycles

Modal Harmony

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

Jazz Rhythm

Blues || 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)

Girl From Ipanema: Lead Sheet

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

My Favorite Things

My Funny Valentine: Lead Sheet || Form & Harmony || Form & Melody || Ear Training: Melody || Ear Training: Harmony || Scale-Chords || Comping Chord Voicings || Comping Rhythms || Intros || Endings || Chord Substitutions || Riffs || Solo Development || Practice Tracks

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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