Five Essential Seventh Chords

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This course will teach you to play chords faster than any other method. There are five types of seventh chords that make up the chord progressions to most tunes. Learn these and you have a solid foundation on which to begin your study of jazz piano.

The sixty chord drill streamlines the process of learning the chords by starting with the first, third, fifth and seventh notes of the major scale and then adjusting these notes by half step to form the remaining chord types through all twelve keys. In addition, you will learn how to read chord symbols and learn the chord changes to "It's Easy to Remember."

Improvisation - The Concept

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Master improvisors of the bebop style use four basic elements to create their solos: chord tones, arpeggios, scale passages and approach patterns. Watch how Hank Mobely's solo over his Rhythm Changes contrafact "Tenor Conclave from his 1956 album of the same name is deconstructed into these four components and learn how he uses these elements to create a masterful bebop solo.

Major ii-V-I Progression

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This course will introduce you to this universal and ever-present jazz progression by starting with it's derivation from the major scale all the way through to building, identifying and playing major key ii-V-Is in tunes.

Lydian Ending

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A classic ending for standard tunes and ballads, this course will break this ending down into it's component parts and introduce you to the lydian chord, substitute dominants and the sharp 11 extension and show you how to use it to end any tune.