Our Advanced Harmony Syllabus introduces a range of sophisticated voicing techniques including block chords, drop 2, Barry Harris Voicings, and diminished harmony.
To make the most of these lessons, make sure you have completed the earlier syllabuses in the PianoGroove library.
Our Advanced Harmony syllabus builds upon all previous lessons and courses. The ideas and concepts covered in this syllabus can be applied to a wide range of settings; solo piano, accompanying other musicians, and creating improvised fills and embellishments.
Block Chords & The 4 Way Close
Block chords are used to harmonise step-wise melody lines, create interesting fills, and tasteful accompaniments. In this series of lessons we explore the most common types of block chords including the 4-Way Close, Barry Harris Voicings, & Red Garland Voicings.
Drop 2 Voicings
Drop 2 voicings can be heard in the recordings of many of the great jazz pianists and they are an extremely useful tool for harmonising the melody of jazz standards. To build a drop 2 voicing, we take a simple 4 way close and drop the 2nd to top note into our left hand.
Pentatonic voicings are 5 note voicings derived from the pentatonic scale. These voicings are mainly comprised of 4th intervals and create a modern and angular sound. Pentatonic voicings are harmonically ambiguous and so they are well suited to comping under a soloist.
The 1625 Progression
The 1625 progression is great for introductions, turnarounds, endings, and also to transition between tunes. We explore the relationship between these 4 diatonic chords and then we embellish the voicings with chord extensions and altered tones and tensions.
The 36251 Progression
We can extend the 1625 progression to create more harmonically complex and elaborate chord progressions. We apply other areas of jazz theory such as upper structure triads, suspended harmony, and block chords to crate rich and interesting harmonic progressions.
Diminished Chords & Voicings
Diminished Harmony is an interesting area of study for the jazz piano student. In this section of the syllabus, we explore the role and purpose of diminished chords, their relationship to dominant chords, and how to voice and navigate diminished chords in jazz standards.
The Advanced Harmony Syllabus contains 3 courses which should be studied in the following order:
1. Block Chords & Drop 2
2. Intros, Endings & Turnarounds
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Block Chords Intro File Type: pdf
Drop 2 Voicings Lesson Transcript File Type: pdf
Major Pentatonic Scales In 12 Keys File Type: pdf
Pentatonic Scale Choices Cheat Sheet File Type: pdf
Comping Lesson Supplement File Type: pdf
1436251 Progressions Worksheet File Type: pdf
1625 & 436251 Introduction Formulas File Type: pdf
Major Scale Diatonic 7th Chords File Type: pdf
143625 Progression – All 12 Keys File Type: pdf
Minor Introductions Lesson Notation File Type: pdf
Half Whole Diminished Scale Groups File Type: pdf
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