Jazz piano

Creating jazz piano voicings for the adult beginner

2020-09-18T19:06:46+01:00

What are voicings? Voicings are created when you move the order of the basic chord tones of your jazz chord around so that an authentic jazz sound is created. Using the normal jazz chord in its root position with its stacked 3rds on top of each other sounds boring and not like real jazz. I already discussed the building of jazz chords in the article: “Fundamental jazz chords”. It is best to change the order of the chord notes by moving them around forming not only intervals of 3rds on top of each other, but also 5ths or 7ths or 4ths [...]

Creating jazz piano voicings for the adult beginner2020-09-18T19:06:46+01:00

Jazz chords and knowing your intervals – for the adult beginner

2020-09-17T12:45:47+01:00

In this article, I will be discussing the 7th chords or jazz chords which are formed on any given major scale or key using the natural notes of the given scale. We will be working from the major scale on which western music is built. This structure is called the tonal center. There are 12 possible major or minor keys any particular song can be played in. This is because of the 12 notes on the piano keyboard. This means that anyone of these twelve notes will be the tonal centre or home base. How can we determine the home key? [...]

Jazz chords and knowing your intervals – for the adult beginner2020-09-17T12:45:47+01:00

Teach yourself jazz theory: chords built on the major scale part 1

2020-07-28T18:13:00+01:00

Today we will be discussing the jazz chords built on each of the steps of the major scale and how to implement these chords into your jazz repertoire. In the article called “Jazz chords and knowing your intervals”, I discussed the basic scales, intervals and the combination of intervals and chords that form the four basic jazz chords namely the Major 7th, the Minor 7th, the Dominant 7th and the Minor 7th b5 chords. In this article, I will be discussing the different 7th chords or jazz chords formed on each step of the major scale.  When building chords, you will [...]

Teach yourself jazz theory: chords built on the major scale part 12020-07-28T18:13:00+01:00

The basics of jazz for the adult beginner

2020-05-11T15:00:32+01:00

I already discussed jazz in general and its origin in a former article. As I mentioned before, the term Jazz is used very loosely for nearly every style of music which is not classical or contemporary, like rock or rap. “Jazz is a broad and complex genre, and so it may seem difficult for those who are first getting into Jazz to know where to start. . . . But Jazz doesn’t need to be complex. You can actually get by with a minimum amount of theory and practice”Stefan Joubert In this article, I will try to capture some of [...]

The basics of jazz for the adult beginner2020-05-11T15:00:32+01:00

The basic chords used in jazz for the adult beginner

2020-04-30T17:12:17+01:00

The basic chords used in jazz for the adult beginner In this article, I will try to capture some of the basics of jazz to help you as an adult beginner. The most important ingredient in playing jazz being the chords you use. It’s like the bricks in a wall. Knowing your basic chords and scales needs to be a foundation to work from. We will look at how chords are structured or built and their extensions. Starting as an adult beginner, learning to play jazz could take quite some time just to master the basics. Moving from classical musician to [...]

The basic chords used in jazz for the adult beginner2020-04-30T17:12:17+01:00

How to learn jazz piano for the adult beginner

2020-04-16T12:59:45+01:00

How to learn jazz piano for the adult beginner First of all the question comes to mind as to what is Jazz?  What music does this genre include and what are the main characteristics of this style of piano playing? “Jazz is a broad and complex genre, and so it may seem difficult for those who are first getting into Jazz to know where to start. There are lots of different subgenres, and lots of different concepts, such that Jazz can sound like a foreign language – a Jazz musician could say ‘let’s use the Lydian Dominant mode to play over [...]

How to learn jazz piano for the adult beginner2020-04-16T12:59:45+01:00

The basics of jazz for the adult beginner – RECOMMENDATIONS

2020-05-07T23:01:05+01:00

I already discussed jazz in general and its origin in a former article. As I mentioned before, the term Jazz is used very loosely for nearly every style of music which is not classical or contemporary, like rock or rap. “Jazz is a broad and complex genre, and so it may seem difficult for those who are first getting into Jazz to know where to start. . . . But Jazz doesn’t need to be complex. You can actually get by with a minimum amount of theory and practice”Stefan Joubert In this article, I will try to capture some of [...]

The basics of jazz for the adult beginner – RECOMMENDATIONS2020-05-07T23:01:05+01:00

How do I get started learning jazz piano as an adult?

2020-03-05T19:45:17+00:00

Discover how to get started with jazz piano as an adult. In this article you will get a much deeper understanding how jazz works! Learning to play jazz piano as an adult is one of the most rewarding things you can do! It is, however, important that you understand the process of getting started with jazz piano. Jazz piano is not easy to master, it requires a lot of practice and self-discipline. It can be downright arduous at times, but the rewards are humongous once you get it right! In this article, I will do my utmost to help you understand the journey and [...]

How do I get started learning jazz piano as an adult?2020-03-05T19:45:17+00:00

The importance of the II V I progression in jazz!

2020-03-05T19:59:04+00:00

The II V I progression is the harmonic motor of jazz music! Jazz harmony is based on the cycle of fourths and II V Is are the king of fourths... Understand the II V I and you understand jazz! Let's face it. Jazz is a style of music that moves in cycles and is quite predictable from a harmonic point of view. Even though chord movements in jazz are predictive and reasonably straightforward, many melodic and harmonic variations can be created on the spot. So within a predictive and 'set' framework, we have the freedom to make things less predictive and [...]

The importance of the II V I progression in jazz!2020-03-05T19:59:04+00:00
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