How To Play Block Chords
Block chords are a method of harmonising a melody line by moving all the notes of the chord in parallel, following the same rhythm as the melody.
Harmonising melodies with block chords is also known as ‘locked-hands’ so be aware that these terms refer to the same thing.
In this lesson, I’m going to explore how to play block chords, explaining what they are and where they come from. We are then going to look at some exercises for practising block chords and apply them to a couple of jazz standards.