There are a number of common chord progressions that you will find in virtually every jazz standard. After learning and memorising these important progressions you will have a much clearer understanding of jazz harmony.
The 251 progression is the most common progression in jazz. It is the DNA of jazz music and it must be learnt and memorised in all 12 keys.
Rootless voicings sound more professional then root based voicings and they voice lead much more smoothly in the context of a 251 progression.
The trick with learning minor the 251 progression is to visualize the starting position, if you can find that the rest of the progression will fall into place.
This variation of the minor 251 uses a -11b5 as the 2 chord. You have multiple options for alterations over the V chord including #5#9 and b9#5.
Create killer introductions with these formulas. We provide the numeric notation so that you can build these sweet progressions in every key.
We explore the core elements of improvisation such as: chord tone soloing, approach patterns, target tones and chromatic passing tones.
We explore the chord voicings, baselines and rhythms and then we add these 3 components together to create our first Bossa Nova groove.
If you’re new to jazz piano… start here! These lessons cover the foundations of jazz theory including scales, triads, 7th chords & the mighty 251 progression.
Extended chords are one of the hallmarks of jazz piano. We explore some useful extended chords and apply the voicings to 4 jazz standards.
We use the minor blues progression to explore pentatonic, blues scale, and modal improvisation. We apply these concepts to the famous tune “Mr P.C.”
An in-depth study of rootless chord voicings; we create rootless 251 progressions in major and minor keys & apply to 3 well-know jazz standards.
A selection of well-known festive arrangements. Share these jazzy Christmas tunes with your friends and family over the holiday season.
“How To Accompany Singers” is a vocal accompaniment course taught by Lyndol Descant – singer, jazz pianist, and composer based in Brooklyn, NYC.
This course explores the altered chord tones: b9s, #9s, #11s, and #5s / b13s. We then create upper structure triads and apply to 4 famous jazz standards.
This course covers the foundations of jazz improvisation. We explore scales, arpeggios, chord tones, enclosures, approach patterns & swing rhythm.
In this course we explore a range of voicings for major, minor and dominant chords. This will help you build full, solo piano arrangements.
Introductions are used to set the mood of a performance. We explore the theory and formulas and create killer intros for a number of jazz standards.
Chords and scales share an intimate relationship. All chords imply a scale, and these scales are used extensively for jazz piano improvisation.
We explore slash chords, cluster voicings and upper structure triads variations to then apply these voicings to 5 well-known jazz standards.
Diminished Harmony is a huge area of study for jazz piano. Diminished Scales are versatile scales that are used extensively in jazz improvisation.
Chord substitutions allow you to add interesting variations to a common progression. We explore tritone subs, suspended chords & passing chords.
Transcription is an essential step in learning to improvise. We cover the basics of transcription and transcribe a number of improvised lines and solos.
Block chords and drop 2 style voicings were used extensively by jazz pianists such as George Shearing, Bill Evans, Barry Harris and Red Garland.
This course covers walking bass, blues and gospel inspired jazz standards. We introduce the major blues scale to add soulful licks to your arrangements.
These lessons will prepare you for playing in a jazz band so that you know what to expect, and what is expected of you. Learn to comp and take a solo!