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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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* 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.

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #1 – Major 7th Chords

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 1 – (Theory) Welcome to our introduction to jazz harmony! Whereas most popular music uses triads and three-part chords, jazz harmony extends upwards to use four-part chords and seventh chords. This may seem daunting at first, but we will be building on your previous knowledge of triads by just adding one new note.

To create a major seventh chord, you will take a major triad and simply add a major third on top, also known as the 7th degree in the major scale of that key.

With the addition of this more sophisticated harmony, you will be sounding like your favorite jazz greats in no time!

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #2 – Major 7th Intervals

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 2 – (Theory) Seventh chords are four-part chords made up of stacked major and minor thirds. They are characterized by the outer interval of a seventh: either major, minor, or diminished. If some iteration of a major seventh interval exists, we call it a “major seventh chord.”

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #3 – Major 7th Symbols

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 3 – (Theory) There are multiple ways to label a major seventh chord using chord symbols. By familiarizing ourselves with each of 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 #5 – Natural Minor Scale

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 5 – (Technique) Minor scales are the next progression of fundamental keyboard technique. For each major scale within a given key center, there is an associated minor scale which is its relative. This scale, also known as the “natural minor,” has a lowered 3rd, 6th, and 7th scale degree.

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #1 – Triad Inversions

Stage 0 | Lesson: 04 | Step 1 – (Theory) A triad inversion is a combination of the same 3 notes of a triad in a different order. For the piano, this takes the form of various shapes made up of notes on the keyboard. By becoming familiar with the various inversions of each chord on the keyboard, you are on your way to piano mastery!

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* Brenden Lowe

Step #2 – Phrasing

Stage 0 | Lesson: 04 | Step 2 – (Technique) They say it’s not WHAT you say, but HOW you say it. By practicing phrasing on the keyboard, you will have a broader spectrum of expression on your instrument. This will allow you to breathe life into your music!

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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.

Enter Now »
* 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!

Enter Now »
* 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 »
* Brenden Lowe

Step #1 – Major 7th Chords

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 1 – (Theory) Welcome to our introduction to jazz harmony! Whereas most popular music uses triads and three-part chords, jazz harmony extends upwards to use four-part chords and seventh chords. This may seem daunting at first, but we will be building on your previous knowledge of triads by just adding one new note.

To create a major seventh chord, you will take a major triad and simply add a major third on top, also known as the 7th degree in the major scale of that key.

With the addition of this more sophisticated harmony, you will be sounding like your favorite jazz greats in no time!

Enter Now »
* Brenden Lowe

Step #2 – Major 7th Intervals

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 2 – (Theory) Seventh chords are four-part chords made up of stacked major and minor thirds. They are characterized by the outer interval of a seventh: either major, minor, or diminished. If some iteration of a major seventh interval exists, we call it a “major seventh chord.”

Enter Now »
* Brenden Lowe

Step #3 – Major 7th Symbols

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 3 – (Theory) There are multiple ways to label a major seventh chord using chord symbols. By familiarizing ourselves with each of these variations, we can be ready to play the right chord at the right time!

Enter Now »
* 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!

Enter Now »
* Brenden Lowe

Step #5 – Natural Minor Scale

Stage 0 | Lesson: 05 | Step 5 – (Technique) Minor scales are the next progression of fundamental keyboard technique. For each major scale within a given key center, there is an associated minor scale which is its relative. This scale, also known as the “natural minor,” has a lowered 3rd, 6th, and 7th scale degree.

Enter Now »
* Brenden Lowe

Step #1 – Triad Inversions

Stage 0 | Lesson: 04 | Step 1 – (Theory) A triad inversion is a combination of the same 3 notes of a triad in a different order. For the piano, this takes the form of various shapes made up of notes on the keyboard. By becoming familiar with the various inversions of each chord on the keyboard, you are on your way to piano mastery!

Enter Now »
* Brenden Lowe

Step #2 – Phrasing

Stage 0 | Lesson: 04 | Step 2 – (Technique) They say it’s not WHAT you say, but HOW you say it. By practicing phrasing on the keyboard, you will have a broader spectrum of expression on your instrument. This will allow you to breathe life into your music!

Enter Now »
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