Block Chord Harmonization - Soon

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Lesson Description

Block-chord harmonization (also known as locked-hands playing) is the technique of harmonizing each note of a melody with a three- or four-note chord to create a lush, full-bodied sound reminiscent of the sax sections of the swing era big bands.

Popularized by George Shearing in the 1950s and used extensively by Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and every straight-ahead jazz pianist since then, it remains a fundamental skill of the modern player.

This lesson will show you how to harmonize the melody to the Gershwin tune, "Soon," using four way close double lead.


Watch this short video for an overview of the content of this course.



Five Essential Seventh Chords
Rootless Voicings with Added Tension
Introduction to Chordscale Theory
Dominant Chordscales
Related ii Chords
Chordscales of Major ii-V-I Progressions
Chordscales of Minor ii-V-i Progressions

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Bill Rinehart
Bill Rinehart

About the instructor

Bill did undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music and holds the M.Mus. degree in Jazz Studies from the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music where he studied with Ray Santisi and Charlie Banacos. Bill taught and played extensively around the Boston area for the better part of two decades appearing everywhere from the legendary Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge MA to a long stand at the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill in Boston before relocating to the Raleigh-Durham NC area where he teaches full-time on