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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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Step #3 – Minor 7th Symbols

Stage 0 | Lesson: 07 | Step 3 – (Theory) There are multiple ways to label a minor seventh chord using chord symbols. By familiarizing ourselves with these variations, we can be ready to play the right chord at the right time!

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #4 – Major 7th Inversions

Stage 0 | Lesson: 06 | Step 4 – (Theory) A seventh chord inversion is a combination of the same 4 notes of a four-part chord in a different order. By mastering each chord’s 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 #5 – Swing 7th Chord Arpeggiation

Stage 0 | Lesson: 06 | Step 5 – (Technique) In this lesson you will practice arpeggiating seventh chords in a jazz style. By using a swing eighth note feel in this exercise, you will get accustomed to incorporating jazz rhythm into your playing. At the same time, you will be working towards mastery of these essential chords.

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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 #1 – Dominant 7th Chords 

Stage 0 | Lesson: 06 | Step 1 – (Theory) To create a dominant seventh chord, you will take a major seventh chord and simply lower the top note, also known as the lowered 7th degree in the major scale of that key. Compared to major seventh chords which are static, dominant seventh chords are unstable and need to resolve somewhere. We will explore dominant seventh chords and their functionality more in subsequent lessons.

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #2 – Dominant 7th Intervals

Stage 0 | Lesson: 06 | Step 2 – (Theory) Dominant seventh chords are four-part chords made up of stacked major and minor thirds. They are characterized by the inner interval of a major third, and the outer interval of a minor seventh.

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #3 – Dominant 7th Symbols

Stage 0 | Lesson: 06 | Step 3 – (Theory) There are multiple ways to label a dominant seventh chord using chord symbols, the most common is “7.” By familiarizing ourselves with these variations, we can be ready to play the right chord at the right time!

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #4 – Voiceleading Triads

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 4 – (Theory) “Voice-leading” refers to optimum motion between individual voices within a chord or musical phrase. A primary example of this is employing the use of chord inversions so no voice jumps by more than a minor third interval. By understanding voiceleading between triads, you will learn the rules which govern most of Western harmony and become one step closer to mastering the keyboard!

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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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Step #3 – Minor 7th Symbols

Stage 0 | Lesson: 07 | Step 3 – (Theory) There are multiple ways to label a minor seventh chord using chord symbols. By familiarizing ourselves with these variations, we can be ready to play the right chord at the right time!

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #4 – Major 7th Inversions

Stage 0 | Lesson: 06 | Step 4 – (Theory) A seventh chord inversion is a combination of the same 4 notes of a four-part chord in a different order. By mastering each chord’s 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 #5 – Swing 7th Chord Arpeggiation

Stage 0 | Lesson: 06 | Step 5 – (Technique) In this lesson you will practice arpeggiating seventh chords in a jazz style. By using a swing eighth note feel in this exercise, you will get accustomed to incorporating jazz rhythm into your playing. At the same time, you will be working towards mastery of these essential chords.

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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 #1 – Dominant 7th Chords 

Stage 0 | Lesson: 06 | Step 1 – (Theory) To create a dominant seventh chord, you will take a major seventh chord and simply lower the top note, also known as the lowered 7th degree in the major scale of that key. Compared to major seventh chords which are static, dominant seventh chords are unstable and need to resolve somewhere. We will explore dominant seventh chords and their functionality more in subsequent lessons.

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #2 – Dominant 7th Intervals

Stage 0 | Lesson: 06 | Step 2 – (Theory) Dominant seventh chords are four-part chords made up of stacked major and minor thirds. They are characterized by the inner interval of a major third, and the outer interval of a minor seventh.

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #3 – Dominant 7th Symbols

Stage 0 | Lesson: 06 | Step 3 – (Theory) There are multiple ways to label a dominant seventh chord using chord symbols, the most common is “7.” By familiarizing ourselves with these variations, we can be ready to play the right chord at the right time!

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #4 – Voiceleading Triads

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 4 – (Theory) “Voice-leading” refers to optimum motion between individual voices within a chord or musical phrase. A primary example of this is employing the use of chord inversions so no voice jumps by more than a minor third interval. By understanding voiceleading between triads, you will learn the rules which govern most of Western harmony and become one step closer to mastering the keyboard!

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