Our Beginners Jazz Syllabus is a comprehensive, step-by-step approach to learn the foundations of jazz harmony.
Who Is This Syllabus For?
- Students who are new to jazz piano
- Students who want to play from lead sheets and chord charts
- Students who 'play by ear' and want to understand the theory
- Students coming from a classical musical background
Starting with the absolute basics, we work 'from the ground up' teaching you keys, chords, scales, progressions, and most importantly; how it all fits together in context of our favourite tunes.
Our Beginners Jazz Syllabus can be broken down into 4 key areas of jazz theory. We cover the underlying theory, outline practice drills and exercises, and apply everything in context of our favourite tunes.
Major & Minor Scales
Scales are the foundation of harmony and the first step to understanding jazz. This course covers all the 12 major scales and how they are related to the circle of fifths. We cover the 3 types of minor scales: natural, harmonic & melodic.
Intervals, Triads & 7th Chords
The studies on intervals, triads, & 7th chords will teach you the basic building blocks to construct jazz chords and voicings. We explore chord inversions and arpeggios to prepare you for more advanced studies of jazz harmony.
The 251 Progression
The 251 progression is the most common progression in jazz music. Virtually every jazz tune will contain a 251 progression in some form. By mastering this progression you will become a more confident and competent jazz piano player.
Playing From Lead Sheets
With our basic knowledge of chords, scales, and progressions we can begin to apply this in context of tunes and jazz standards. To start we use simple chord voicings containing the root, the 3rd, the 7th, and the melody on top.
The Beginner Jazz Syllabus contains 2 courses which should be studied in the following order:
1. Jazz Piano Foundations
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12 Major Scales Worksheet File Type: pdf
The Circle Of Fifths File Type: pdf
Major Scale Fingerings File Type: pdf
36 Minor Scales Notation File Type: pdf
Triads Notation & Worksheet File Type: pdf
7th Chords In All 12 Keys File Type: pdf
Major Scale Diatonic 7th Chords File Type: pdf
3 Note Major 251 Progressions File Type: pdf
Diatonic 7th Chords For Major Scale File Type: pdf
Foundations PDF Practice Planner File Type: pdf
Major 251 Progressions PDF File Type: pdf
Jazz Piano Foundations Practice Planner File Type: pdf
Sus Chords Lesson Supplement File Type: pdf
Ask questions to get prompt replies from our team of teachers, participate in improvisation exercises and studies, and join in the discussion with students and teachers from around the globe:
- Beginner Jazz Courses: Roadmap & Syllabus
- Jazz Piano Foundations Practice Planner
- Weekly Transcription / Improvisation Exercises - Beginner
- Brand New & Looking For Advice
- How Long Does It Take To Master Jazz Theory?
- How & What To Practice
- From Lessons To Lead Sheet
- Practicing Minor Scales
- How To Memorize Harmony Of A Tune?
- "The Jazz Standards" Spotify Playlist
- "The History Of Jazz" Spotify Playlist
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