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Step #4 – Shells To Progressions (A-Train)

Stage 0 | Lesson: 08 | Step 4 – (Repertoire) Practicing the “shells” of the seventh chords is an essential part of understanding the chord progressions in a tune. By doing so, it allows you to observe the inner workings of the harmony, which informs not only your chords, but also your melodies.

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Step #5 – Take The A-Train: #4 Chords

Stage 0 | Lesson: 08 | Step 5 – (Repertoire) In step 4, you will use your knowledge of seventh chords and their inversions to play through the chord progressions of “Take the A Train.” You can experiment with these inversions by starting on one chord, and moving to the next with logical voice leading.

This means that instead of jumping from a root position D-7 chord to another root position G7 chord, you will use an appropriate inversion for the G7 chord such as 2nd inversion.

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #6 – Take The A-Train: #5 RH Chords, LH Bass Notes

Stage 0 | Lesson: 08 | Step 6 – (Repertoire) In step 5, you will use your chords from step 4 and add in the bass notes with the LH. You will start to hear all of these steps coming together in the form of a rich, full representation of the harmony of “Take the A Train.” Mastering this step will lay the foundation for accompanying, as well as more advanced solo piano techniques.

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Step #7 – Minor 7th Chord Listening

Stage 0 | Lesson: 07 | Step 7 – (Repertoire) In this lesson you will practice developing your ear by listening for instances of minor 7th chords. While reading the lead sheet of “Footprints,” follow along with the provided audio track and notice when you hear a minor 7th chord sound. By practicing your ability to hear certain chord qualities, you will improve your ear training and boost your overall musicality!

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Step #6 – Take The A-Train: #3 RH Melody, LH Bass Notes

Stage 0 | Lesson: 07 | Step 6 – (Repertoire) In step 3 of the tune-learning process, you are ready to tackle the RH melody and LH bass notes. These elements make up the structure of the tune. After learning the melody and bass line, you will be ready to move on to fill in the remaining parts!

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Step #6 – Take The A-Train: Bass Notes

Stage 0 | Lesson: 06 | Step 6 – (Repertoire) In this step of the tune-learning process, you will learn the bass notes to “Take the A Train.” This step will start you out with a simple bass line, but opens up new possibilities for expanding a new left hand texture of bass accompaniment. This translates to walking bass lines, solo piano, and more!

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Step #7 – Dominant 7th Chord Listening

Stage 0 | Lesson: 06 | Step 7 – (Repertoire) In this lesson you will practice developing your ear by listening for instances of Dominant 7th chords. While reading the lead sheet of “Blue Monk,” follow along with the provided audio track and notice when you hear a Dominant 7th chord sound. By practicing your ability to hear certain chord qualities, you will improve your ear training and boost your overall musicality!

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Step #7 – Jazz Forms & Structures

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 7 – (Repertoire) In this lesson you will begin to explore fundamental forms and structures found in jazz music. This includes AABA form, 1st and 2nd endings, and bar numbers. By understanding various forms and structures in the jazz style, you will be better prepared to learn the repertoire.

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Step #8 – Major 7th Chord Listening

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 8 – (Repertoire) In this lesson you will practice developing your ear by listening for instances of Major 7th chords. While reading the lead sheet of “How High the Moon,” follow along with the provided audio track and notice when you hear a Major 7th chord sound. By practicing your ability to hear certain chord qualities, you will improve your ear training and boost your overall musicality!

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Step #9 – Take The A-Train: RH Melody

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 9 – (Repertoire) Congratulations, you have everything you need to study your first jazz tune!

You will start by learning the melody to “Take the A Train,” a famous standard by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. After you have learned the melody, you will be able to cover more advanced concepts such as chord voicings and improvisation.

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Course Categories: stage 0 repertoire

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #4 – Shells To Progressions (A-Train)

Stage 0 | Lesson: 08 | Step 4 – (Repertoire) Practicing the “shells” of the seventh chords is an essential part of understanding the chord progressions in a tune. By doing so, it allows you to observe the inner workings of the harmony, which informs not only your chords, but also your melodies.

Enter Now »
* Brenden Lowe

Step #5 – Take The A-Train: #4 Chords

Stage 0 | Lesson: 08 | Step 5 – (Repertoire) In step 4, you will use your knowledge of seventh chords and their inversions to play through the chord progressions of “Take the A Train.” You can experiment with these inversions by starting on one chord, and moving to the next with logical voice leading.

This means that instead of jumping from a root position D-7 chord to another root position G7 chord, you will use an appropriate inversion for the G7 chord such as 2nd inversion.

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #6 – Take The A-Train: #5 RH Chords, LH Bass Notes

Stage 0 | Lesson: 08 | Step 6 – (Repertoire) In step 5, you will use your chords from step 4 and add in the bass notes with the LH. You will start to hear all of these steps coming together in the form of a rich, full representation of the harmony of “Take the A Train.” Mastering this step will lay the foundation for accompanying, as well as more advanced solo piano techniques.

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Step #7 – Minor 7th Chord Listening

Stage 0 | Lesson: 07 | Step 7 – (Repertoire) In this lesson you will practice developing your ear by listening for instances of minor 7th chords. While reading the lead sheet of “Footprints,” follow along with the provided audio track and notice when you hear a minor 7th chord sound. By practicing your ability to hear certain chord qualities, you will improve your ear training and boost your overall musicality!

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Step #6 – Take The A-Train: #3 RH Melody, LH Bass Notes

Stage 0 | Lesson: 07 | Step 6 – (Repertoire) In step 3 of the tune-learning process, you are ready to tackle the RH melody and LH bass notes. These elements make up the structure of the tune. After learning the melody and bass line, you will be ready to move on to fill in the remaining parts!

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #6 – Take The A-Train: Bass Notes

Stage 0 | Lesson: 06 | Step 6 – (Repertoire) In this step of the tune-learning process, you will learn the bass notes to “Take the A Train.” This step will start you out with a simple bass line, but opens up new possibilities for expanding a new left hand texture of bass accompaniment. This translates to walking bass lines, solo piano, and more!

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #7 – Dominant 7th Chord Listening

Stage 0 | Lesson: 06 | Step 7 – (Repertoire) In this lesson you will practice developing your ear by listening for instances of Dominant 7th chords. While reading the lead sheet of “Blue Monk,” follow along with the provided audio track and notice when you hear a Dominant 7th chord sound. By practicing your ability to hear certain chord qualities, you will improve your ear training and boost your overall musicality!

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #7 – Jazz Forms & Structures

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 7 – (Repertoire) In this lesson you will begin to explore fundamental forms and structures found in jazz music. This includes AABA form, 1st and 2nd endings, and bar numbers. By understanding various forms and structures in the jazz style, you will be better prepared to learn the repertoire.

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #8 – Major 7th Chord Listening

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 8 – (Repertoire) In this lesson you will practice developing your ear by listening for instances of Major 7th chords. While reading the lead sheet of “How High the Moon,” follow along with the provided audio track and notice when you hear a Major 7th chord sound. By practicing your ability to hear certain chord qualities, you will improve your ear training and boost your overall musicality!

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #9 – Take The A-Train: RH Melody

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 9 – (Repertoire) Congratulations, you have everything you need to study your first jazz tune!

You will start by learning the melody to “Take the A Train,” a famous standard by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. After you have learned the melody, you will be able to cover more advanced concepts such as chord voicings and improvisation.

Enter Now »
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