Chord Extensions Piano Course
Extended chords are one of the hallmarks of jazz piano. We explore some useful extended chords and apply the voicings to 4 jazz standards.Buy This Course — $79
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Extended chords are one of the hallmarks of jazz piano and create the rich sounds and sororities played by the masters of jazz piano! The first area you need to understand the concept of extended chord voicings. This should then start to make sense why the scales are important!
When learning new chord voicings. It’s very important to memorise the scale degree at the top of voicing, for example… the top note of the So What Voicing is the 5th, and so on a jazz standard, whenever you come across a minor chord (in any key) with the 5th in the melody, the So What Voicing will sound great!
The Kenny Barron Voicing has the 11th on the top so this is a great minor voicing when the 11th is in the melody.
The Herbie Hancock Voicing has the 9th in the melody so this will be a good choice of voicing when you come across the 9th in the melody over a minor chord. Although to be honest it can be a little rich with the 11 in there all the time.
In all of these lessons I demonstrate identifying the scale degree of the melody note – always try to do this with any tune you are learning.
You should always practice in context of actual jazz standards . The jazz standards are the vehicle you use to apply the theory, and so when you see and apply chords and voicings in context of a jazz standard, they will make much more sense and you will retain the information much better than just from theory drills.
This course contains 4 jazz standard lessons on the tunes " Misty ", " Tenderly " and " My Foolish Heart ". In each of these lessons we apply the common extended chord voicings to get you comfortable playing 2-handed extended chord voicings over an actual jazz standard.
Extended chords create a richer and more complex sound than triads and 7th chords and are used to create more interesting progressions.
Introduced by the pianist Bill Evans, the 'So What' chord is a minor 11th voicing that sounds great over minor chords with the 5th in the melody.
The Herbie Hancock voicing is a rich-sounding, two-handed minor 11th chord. This voicing definitely has a funky vibe to it but you be the judge!
The Kenny Barron voicing is an minor 11th chord voicing built from 5th intervals. The voicing is names after acclaimed jazz pianist Kenny Barron.
Misty is one of the most popular jazz ballads and the distinctive melody is immediately recognisable amongst jazz musicians.
Written in the key of Eb Major, Tenderly follows a 32 measure A – B1 – A – B2 form and has an impressionistic character similar to early Debussy.
One of Americas greatest ballads... the most famous version of My Foolish Heart is undoubtedly the Bill Evans trio version.
'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' has also been played by many great jazz musicians over the years. In this lesson we create a solo ballad arrangement.
For the first lesson in this practice series, we will explore some useful drills and exercises for practicing major and minor 9th chords.
We’re going to stack the chord tones sequentially in thirds, playing the 7th chord in our left hand, and the 9, #11, and 13 in our right hand.
We have explored major, minor, and dominant chords, now it’s time to put them all together in the most common progression in jazz; the 251 progression.
Learning chord voicings is an important skill for the jazz pianist. In this lesson we cover a 5 step process for learning any chord voicing.