Eb Major Diatonic Harmony
Welcome to the first lesson in our cocktail piano improvisation course. In this lesson we explore the key of Eb Major including the diatonic 7th chords and the common chord progressions such as the 251 progression and the 36251 progression.
Root Position Chords & Spread Voicings
We start by playing the diatonic 7th chords in root position and then we split the chords between 2 hands to create spread voicings.
Spread voicings create a more balanced sound than closed position voicings and being able to harmonise a lead sheet with spread voicings is an essential skill for jazz pianists.
We cover a selection of drills and exercises to help you visualise spread voicings for all of the diatonic chords in the key of Eb Major.
251 & 36251 Progressions
We finish by taking the spread voicings and applying them to the 251 and 36251 progressions in the key of Eb Major. In the upcoming lessons we will see how these progressions are present in the form of the tune “Misty”.
Once we can clearly visualise these progressions with 3 note voicings we simply add the melody on top to create the basic solo jazz piano technique for harmonising a lead sheet.
Diatonic Harmony Drills File Type: pdf
Play the diatonic 7th chords in root position with the root in our left hand and the root position 7th chord in our right hand.
Next play the roots in our left hand and the 3rds and 7ths in our right hand to visualise splitting the notes between 2 hands.
We can then drop the root into the lower registers so that the notes of the voicing spread beyond 1 octave. This is the most basic spread voicing configuration.
Using this technique we can then voice common progressions such as the 251 progression and the 36251 progression.
The final step is to understand that we can change the chord qualities in the 3625 progression from minor to dominant chords which allows us to access different colours and flavours in our voicigs and improvisations.