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Step #2 – Minor 7th Chord Inversions

Stage 0 | Lesson: 08 | Step 2 – (Theory) We will continue to cover all types of seventh chord inversions, this time minor sevenths. By practicing dominant seventh inversions in all 12 keys, you will gain proficiency in using these chords on the keyboard, and will be ready to play more complex chord progressions.

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #3 – Control

Stage 0 | Lesson: 08 | Step 3 – (Technique) In this lesson you will explore another technical exercise derived from classical training. In the spirit of the great pianist Vladimir Horowitz, this exercise is designed to give you the utmost control over your dynamics and phrasing at the keyboard. By practicing this exercise, you are developing coordination and dexterity which will propel your technique to the next level!

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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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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 #5 – 4 Note Scales

Stage 0 | Lesson: 07 | Step 5 – (Technique) Practicing digital patterns on the keyboard can help you to develop facility on the instrument. This 4-note scale pattern is derived from classical technique, and will assist you in executing more fluid scale movements and melodies.

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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 #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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* Brenden Lowe

Step #1 – Minor 7th Chords

Stage 0 | Lesson: 07 | Step 1 – (Theory) To create a minor seventh chord, you will take a dominant seventh chord and lower the third, also known as the lowered 3rd degree in the major scale of that key. We will explore minor seventh chords and their functionality more in subsequent lessons.

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #2 – Minor 7th Intervals

Stage 0 | Lesson: 07 | Step 2 – (Theory) Minor seventh chords are four-part chords made up of stacked major and minor thirds. They are characterized by the inner interval of a minor third, and the outer interval of a minor seventh.

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #2 – Minor 7th Chord Inversions

Stage 0 | Lesson: 08 | Step 2 – (Theory) We will continue to cover all types of seventh chord inversions, this time minor sevenths. By practicing dominant seventh inversions in all 12 keys, you will gain proficiency in using these chords on the keyboard, and will be ready to play more complex chord progressions.

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #3 – Control

Stage 0 | Lesson: 08 | Step 3 – (Technique) In this lesson you will explore another technical exercise derived from classical training. In the spirit of the great pianist Vladimir Horowitz, this exercise is designed to give you the utmost control over your dynamics and phrasing at the keyboard. By practicing this exercise, you are developing coordination and dexterity which will propel your technique to the next level!

Enter Now »
* 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.

Enter Now »

Step #5 – 4 Note Scales

Stage 0 | Lesson: 07 | Step 5 – (Technique) Practicing digital patterns on the keyboard can help you to develop facility on the instrument. This 4-note scale pattern is derived from classical technique, and will assist you in executing more fluid scale movements and melodies.

Enter Now »

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!

Enter Now »

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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* Brenden Lowe

Step #1 – Minor 7th Chords

Stage 0 | Lesson: 07 | Step 1 – (Theory) To create a minor seventh chord, you will take a dominant seventh chord and lower the third, also known as the lowered 3rd degree in the major scale of that key. We will explore minor seventh chords and their functionality more in subsequent lessons.

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #2 – Minor 7th Intervals

Stage 0 | Lesson: 07 | Step 2 – (Theory) Minor seventh chords are four-part chords made up of stacked major and minor thirds. They are characterized by the inner interval of a minor third, and the outer interval of a minor seventh.

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