Altered Harmony Practice Series
Welcome to this practice series on Altered Harmony & Upper Structure Triads.
This 1 hour practice plan is split into 2 sections. The first 30 minutes contains 6 theory drills, and the second 30 minutes should be spent playing through jazz standards and manually working out upper structures using the upper structure cheat sheet.
Visualising Alterations In All 12 Keys
The drills and exercises covered in this practice plan will help you to visualise alterations and upper structures, and also help with our aural recognition of the alterations.
Each alteration has a very distinct harmonic flavour and gradually we gain an appreciation for this.
For the first 2 slots we are going isolate single alterations over the major 25 and major 251 progression. This will give us an appreciation for the unique colour of these alterations.
For the 3rd slot we introduce the minor 251 and explore the b9, #9, and #5 or b13. For slots 4 and 5, we take the 4 common upper structures around all 12 keys.
For slot 6 we explore some more advanced applications of upper structures over the minor 251 progression.
Altered Chord Drills: b9s & #5s
In this lesson we will be exploring the major 251s with b9 and #5/b13 alterations. We’re going to continue from where we left off in the extended voicings course where we played the ii-9 moving to V13 moving to 1maj9. Check out the related lessons below if this is new to you.
Upper Structure Triad Cheat Sheet File Type: pdf
Altered Harmony Practice Planner File Type: pdf