Jazz Piano Foundations
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.Buy This Course — $79
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If you’re new to jazz piano… start here! These lessons cover the foundations of jazz theory including major and minor scales, intervals, triads and 7th chords. We then introduce the major 251 progression and play our first jazz standard.
The major and minor scales are the foundations of musical harmony and learning them is a fundamental step in your journey. Spending the time to memorise these scales will put the essential knowledge in place for you to progress at jazz piano.
Next we explore the concept of intervals , triads and 7th chords . These are the most basic building blocks for extended jazz chords and will prepare you for exploring extended harmony.
Our first study of chord progressions is the major 251 progression The 251 is the DNA of jazz music and it must be learnt and memorised in all 12 keys.
We finish this course by creating an arrangement for Tune Up" by Miles Davis.
This is the first jazz standard lesson in the PianoGroove course. We explore the layout of the lead sheet and discuss how you can create a solo jazz piano arrangement.
If you are coming from a classical background, learning to interpret lead sheets will be an initial challenge. This is because you are given a lot of creative freedom to interpret (or completely change!) the melody, chords, voicings, phrasing etc…
After taking this course, you will understand the basics of jazz chords and scales and you will be able to play your first jazz standard arrangement.
Scales provide the basis for understanding harmony. Learning and memorising the 12 major scales is the first step in learning jazz piano.
There are three types of minor scale: the natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor. Each one has a different use & application in jazz.
As a jazz pianist, you need to have a solid understanding of intervals so that you can build extended chords quickly and improvise freely on the piano.
The triad is the basic building block for many different types of chords. The 4 types of triads are major, minor, diminished and augmented.
A seventh chord is a triad which has been extended to include the 7th degree of the scale. This creates a fuller sound than simple 3-note triads.
Most jazz standards that you come across will contain a 251 progression in some form so it is essential that you know how to construct the 251.
This lesson provides an introduction to reading lead sheets. Unlike traditional piano music, lead sheets just contain one stave of music and chord symbols above.
The benefit of splitting your practice time into small chunks, is that in just 1 sitting, you can cover a wide selection of different theory topics.