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learning Jazz piano online – lesson 18

learning Jazz piano online - lesson 18

Video lesson 18 of Learning Jazz Piano online is now available and is called ‘Decoding a jazz standard.’

Can you solo your way through any jazz standard? In order to do this, you need to interpret the song’s map and identify all its key centres. Lesson 18 of learning jazz piano online helps your achieve this.

I use Kern’s ‘All The Things You Are’ to take you through various techniques that will demystify tricky songs.

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All The Things You Are by Jerome Kern

Seeing chords in isolation is not the way forward. Chords sit within groups that fit together into an overall structure. Learn more at the link below.
http://www.learnjazzpianoonline.com/lessons.html

Here’s an extract from my 3rd eBook: Learning Jazz Piano online:

There are countless excellent recordings of this song, but my personal favorite is by the pianist Hampton Hawes. The solo introduction is a little flowery, but once the trio kicks in, Hawes creates one glorious idea after another. See chapter 10 for details of this recording

The song form is usually described as ABC: 16 + 8 + 12 = 36 bars.

  • A1 states the melody.
  • A2 repeats it in a new key.
  • B, the bridge, introduces a new 4-bar phrase and then transposes it down a minor 3rd.
  • C returns to the original melody, but remains in the same key, taking an extra four bars to conclude.

The form could also be described as AABA: 8 + 8 + 8 + 12 = 36 bars.

A good songwriter takes great care when placing the targeted or emphasized melody note over its harmony. A strong, grounded melody note might be 1 or 5, but a more lyrical note is 3. This is Kern’s choice for most of his tune.

A song can be in any key that the singer or bandleader chooses. However, tunes played as jazz instrumentals often have default keys. All The Things You Are is usually written in Ab, so I’ll stick with that.

Here are the first 16 bars.

I’ve boxed all the 3s. Notice how every 3, with two exceptions, falls on beat 1 of the bar.

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The two exceptions, in bars 4 and 12, occur at beat 2, as this is where the melodic accent falls.

Here’s lesson 17 of learn jazz piano

Here's lesson 17 of learn jazz piano

Learn Jazz Piano with Paul Abrahams

Here’s lesson 17!

‘Putting it together.’

I’ve called lesson 17 ‘Putting It Together’ because we’ve now reached the stage when all previous knowledge can be put to practical use.
This new lesson combines your knowledge of rootless voicings (lesson 15) and tritone substitution (lesson 16).
We also throw the whole tone,  diminished and altered scales into the mix.
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3 new scales

I show you how to use all these techniques with II-V-I and I-VI-II-V (turnaround) sequences.
Then we put all this to work using the chord chart of
Fly Me To The Moon.

As always, this learn jazz piano video comes with 4 downloadable backing tracks, sheet music and a quiz. Learn to play jazz piano the easy way.

Get lesson 17 here!

(Remember to scroll down when you arrive on the page).

If you’re not up to speed with rootless voicings and tritone substitution, here’s the link to lessons 15 and 16.
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Here’s a summary of lessons 1 – 16:

Lesson 1 – From scales to chords

  • Soloing over the Pentatonic scale
  • Mastering intervals
  • The V – I concept
  • One formula to construct all major scales
  • 7 chords, one family
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7 chords, 1 scale

Lesson 2 – Building a chord sequence

  • Chord sequences
  • The relative minor and its scales
  • The family row of minor triads
  • Soloing in a minor key

Lesson 3 –  Mastering every key

  • The circle of 5ths
  • How to play in any key
  • Preview of the II-V-I sequence
  • Introduction to the turnaround

Lesson 4 – Swing time

  • Learning to swing
  • The construction of 7th chords
  • How to interpret chord symbols
  • Shells – how not to upset the bass player

Lesson 5 – Walking 3s

  • Turnarounds part 2: I – VI – II -V
  • Walking 3s and 7s: the seeds of vertical improvisation.
  • How to use passing notes.
  • Voice leading

Lesson 6 – Extensions

  • Extensions: how to use 9ths, 11ths and 13th.
  • Know which extensions work with which chord.
  • Voicing a chord using extensions.
  • Introduction to Modes.

Lesson 7 – The II-V-I sequence

  • Master the II – V – I sequence in all keys
  • Seven soloing techniques over II – V – I
  • Alterations: know your sharp 11 from your flat 13
  •  Flat 9s and the diminished chord

Lesson 8 – How to comp

  • Comp like a pro
  • Find the best chord voicings
  • Use the right extensions
  • Build up to a five-note comp
  • Explore rhythmic variations

Lesson 9 – Modes

  • Know your Mixodydian from your Dorian
  • Grasp the connection between modes and chords
  • The art of modal soloing and comping
  • How to play ‘So What’

Lesson 10 – Autumn Leaves part 1

  • Playing your first standard
  • Learning the melody
  • The comp
  • The shells
  • The solo

Lesson 11 – Autumn Leaves part 2

  • Taking Autumn Leaves to the next level
  • How to fill out the melody
  • Comping with alterations
  • Soloing with vertical improvisation

Lesson 12 – The Blues part 1

Play with confidence over the blues.

  • How to solo creatively
  • The minor blues
  • Blues in 12/8
    Plus lots of tips, tricks and licks!

Lesson 13 – The Blues part 2

  • Taking the blues beyond the basics.
  • Chord changes that turn blues into jazz.
  • Lydian dominant & diminished scales.
  • Rootess left-hand voicings.

Lesson 14 – Bebop blues

  • Left hand 4-note rootless voicings
  • Constructing the Bebop sequence.
  • How to solo over a Bebop blues
  • Comping over a Bebop blues

Lesson 15 – Rootless voicing

  • Constructing left hand rootless voicings.
  • Applying  rootless voicings to II-V-I and turnarounds.
  • Adding the alterations: b9, b13 etc.

Lesson 16 – Tritone substitution

  • Diminished theory
  • Soloing over diminshed chords
  • Using diminished scales over dominant 7ths
  • Mastering tritone substitution

For my Learn Jazz Piano eBooks click here.

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jazz piano course online: lesson 17

jazz piano course online: lesson 17

Lesson 17 of my jazz piano course online is nearly ready.

My jazz piano course online is about to reach video lesson 17. This jazz piano lesson combines your knowledge of rootless voicings (lesson 15) and tritone substitution (lesson 16). Learn to improvise with my clear and methodical method. I show you how to use these techniques with II-V-I and I-VI-II-V (turnaround) sequences. Then we put all this to work using the chord chart of Fly Me To The Moon. This should all be ready by the end of next week. Here’s the link to available lessons.

http://www.learnjazzpianoonline.com/lessons.html

 

  • Question: Which two notes link rootless voicings with tritone substitution?
  • Answer: 3 and 7.

If we remove all non-essential notes from a rootless II – V – I sequence we arrive at fig 1

Fig 1

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3s and 7s of chord

Dmin7 = 3 + 7

G7 = 7 + 3

Cmaj7 = 3 + 7 (7 no longer has the same harmonic function in this major 7 chord.)

Tritone substitution occurs when one dominant 7 replaces another, three whole-steps away from its original

Therefore, the tritone substitute of G7 is Db7.

We have also learnt that both chords contain the same two notes: 3 and 7.

  • 3 and 7 of G7 is B and F.
  • 3 and 7 of Db7 is F and B.

This means that when we play figs 1 and 2, these 2 notes represent both G7 and Db7.

Fig 2

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Adding the tritone substitute

 

Happy playing, Paul

Jazz piano lesson 16: Tritone Substitution

Jazz piano lesson 16: Tritone Substitution

Jazz piano lesson 16 now available: tritone substitution

Jazz piano lesson 16 of my online video course, Learn Jazz Piano, is all about tritone substitution.
I start by showing you how diminished scales weave through dominant 7th chords and how you can solo over 8 chords using just 1 diminished scale.This leads us to tritone substitution: replacing one 7th chord with another.
The tritone, also known as the devil’s interval, is the key to unlocking a new and more advanced way of soloing.
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Original chord & tritone

New 5-pack deal: jazz piano lessons 11-15

New 5-pack deal: jazz piano lessons 11-15

 Jazz piano lessons with Paul Abrahams

New 5-pack deal now available

Lessons 11-15 with over 10% discount

As I’ve now completed 15 jazz piano lessons, I’ve bundled these 5 lessons:
11: Autumn Leaves part 2
12: The Blues, part 1
13: The Blues, part 2
14: Bebop Blues
15: Rootless voicing

This pack contains over two and a half hours of video, 22 backing tracks + lots of 
downloadable sheet music.
Packs 1-5 and 6-10 are also still available here.
You can still purchase the lessons individually. The most recent, lesson 15
takes you through rootless voicing.

The video shows you how to voice rootless chords in your left hand. This is a more modern approach that Bill Evans used when playing in his trio. It not only leaves more room for the bass player; these voicings will also inspire your right hand to play far more interesting solos.

Here are some rootless voicings in a II-V-I sequence in Bb.

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Rootless voicings

Besides the 30 minute video, I provide you with 4 downloadable backing tracks, sheet music and a quiz. Here’s the link.

http://www.learnjazzpianoonline.com/buy-lesson-15.html


Lesson 15: how to voice rootless chords

Lesson 15: how to voice rootless chords

Learn how to voice rootless chords in your left hand

Lesson 15 of my online video course ‘Learn Jazz Piano Online’ is now available. The lesson teaches you how to voice rootless chords in your left hand. This is a more modern approach that Bill Evans used when playing in his trio. It not only leaves more room for the bass player; these voicings will also inspire your right hand to play far more interesting solos.

Here are some rootless voicings in a II-V-I sequence in Bb.

how to voice rootless chords
Rootless voicings

Besides the 30 minute video, I provide you with 4 downloadable backing tracks, sheet music and a quiz. Here’s the link.

http://www.learnjazzpianoonline.com/buy-lesson-15.html

Lesson 15: chord voicing

Lesson 15: chord voicing

For a jazz pianist, chord voicing is an essential skill.

I’m now in the process of preparing lesson 15 of my video course Learn Jazz Piano Online. This 15th lesson of Learn Jazz Piano Online will be all about chord voicing, particularly how to voice left hand rootless chords. Playing these chords will achieve two things: the bass player will have more space and your own solos will sounds so much better.

Lesson 15

Here is a summary of all 14 learn jazz piano lessons online video lessons so far:

Lesson 1 – From scales to chords

  • Soloing over the Pentatonic scale
  • Mastering intervals
  • The V – I concept
  • One formula to construct all major scales
  • 7 chords, one family
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7 chords, 1 scale

Lesson 2 – Building a chord sequence

  • Chord sequences
  • The relative minor and its scales
  • The family row of minor triads
  • Soloing in a minor key

Lesson 3 –  Mastering every key

  • The circle of 5ths
  • How to play in any key
  • Preview of the II-V-I sequence
  • Introduction to the turnaround

Lesson 4 – Swing time

  • Learning to swing
  • The construction of 7th chords
  • How to interpret chord symbols
  • Shells – how not to upset the bass player

Lesson 5 – Walking 3s

  • Turnarounds part 2: I – VI – II -V
  • Walking 3s and 7s: the seeds of vertical improvisation.
  • How to use passing notes.
  • Voice leading

Lesson 6 – Extensions

  • Extensions: how to use 9ths, 11ths and 13th.
  • Know which extensions work with which chord.
  • Voicing a chord using extensions.
  • Introduction to Modes.

Lesson 7 – The II-V-I sequence

  • Master the II – V – I sequence in all keys
  • Seven soloing techniques over II – V – I
  • Alterations: know your sharp 11 from your flat 13
  •  Flat 9s and the diminished chord

Lesson 8 – How to comp

  • Comp like a pro
  • Find the best chord voicings
  • Use the right extensions
  • Build up to a five-note comp
  • Explore rhythmic variations

Lesson 9 – Modes

  • Know your Mixodydian from your Dorian
  • Grasp the connection between modes and chords
  • The art of modal soloing and comping
  • How to play ‘So What’

Lesson 10 – Autumn Leaves part 1

  • Playing your first standard
  • Learning the melody
  • The comp
  • The shells
  • The solo

Lesson 11 – Autumn Leaves part 2

  • Taking Autumn Leaves to the next level
  • How to fill out the melody
  • Comping with alterations
  • Soloing with vertical improvisation

Lesson 12 – The Blues part 1

Play with confidence over the blues.

  • How to solo creatively
  • The minor blues
  • Blues in 12/8
    Plus lots of tips, tricks and licks!

Lesson 13 – The Blues part 2

  • Taking the blues beyond the basics.
  • Chord changes that turn blues into jazz.
  • Lydian dominant & diminished scales.
  • Rootess left-hand voicings.

Lesson 14 – Bebop blues

  • Left hand 4-note rootless voicings
  • Constructing the Bebop sequence.
  • How to solo over a Bebop blues
  • Comping over a Bebop blues

Here’s lesson 14: Learn Bebop jazz

Here's lesson 14: Learn Bebop jazz

Lesson 14 helps you learn Bebop jazz and Blues.

We began, in lesson 12, with a basic 3-chord 12 bar, a sequence that will get you through just about any rock & roll tune and 1000’s of blues songs. Then, in lesson 13, we added a few chord changes to make for a more interesting solo.

Now, in lesson 14, I’m teaching you the changes that Bebop players like Charlie Parker and Bud Powell played in the 40’s. No longer can your rely on the blues scale, because this sequence is packed full of II-Vs that twist and turn through an array of key centres.

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Bud Powell

If you can play a basic blues and up for the challenge to learn bebop jazz, the link below will take you to the ‘buy lessons’ page. From there, scroll down till you get to lesson 14.

http://www.learnjazzpianoonline.com/lessons.html

Best wishes from Paul at Learn Jazz Piano Online.

Lesson 14: Learn Bebop blues

Lesson 14: Learn Bebop blues

I’ve now begun work on lesson 14:  learn bebop blues.

This chord sequence is a long way from the basic three chords that are commonly used. Bebop blues still contains 12 bars and hits the IV chord at bar 5. But there are big differences. For a start, chord 1 is now a major 7th rather than a dominant 7th. This means that you can no longer rely on the blues scale. We then encounter a series of descending II-V patterns.

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bebop blues sequence
A good place to start acclimatising yourself to the sound of bebop blues is Charlie Parker’s Blues For Alice. Learn bebop blues to sound like a real jazz musician.
Learn bebop blues
Charlie Parker
I realise that it takes me quite a while to produce each lesson but it’s the only way I can ensure a high quality.
Best wishes to you all
Paul
www.learnjazzpianoonline.com

Lesson 13: Learn blues piano, part 2

Lesson 13: Learn blues piano, part 2

Lesson 13 of my online video course Learn Jazz Piano is now available. It’s time to learn the blues  in the way a jazz musician plays.

Learn blues piano, part 2 takes you beyond the basics.

No longer will you be playing just 3 chords over the blues scale.

  • Use advanced chord changes that turn blues into jazz.
  • Play rootless chords with your left hand.
  • Incorporate the diminished and Lydian dominant scales into your playing.
  • The 30 minute online video comes with downloadable backing tracks and sheet music.
  • Learn blues piano online now.

Here’s an illustration of how the 12 bar sequence looks after adding some II – V’s

If you really want to learn blues piano you should take it beyond the basic 3 chords.

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12 bar with II-V sequences

 My eBook Learn Jazz Piano part 2 is also now available.

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jazz piano eBook 2