Professional Jazz Piano

PROFESSIONAL JAZZ PIANO

Eligibility For Professional Jazz Piano Lessons:

  • Adult students with a minimum proficiency equivalent to ABRSM Grade 8 Piano

  • It is a pre-requisite for students to be well-versed in scales and have a basic understanding of chords to take up Jazz Piano Classes.

Syllabus Outline: ​

  • Topic 1: Basic Harmonic Vocabulary For Jazz

    • 1.1 Four Basic Types of Seventh Chords

    • 1.2 What Are Tension Notes?

    • 1.3 Harmonic Studies 1: Diatonic Chords

    • 1.3 Technical Exercise 1: Closed Position Voicings On II-V-I (Major Keys)

  • Topic 2: Beginning Improvisation

    • 2.1 Improvisation Using Blues & Pentatonic Scale

    • 2.2 Left Hand Voicings For 12-Bar Blues

    • 2.3 Putting Both Hands Together On The 12-Bar Blues

    • 2.3 Harmonic Studies 2: Secondary Dominants & II-Vs

    • 2.4 Technical Exercise 2: Closed Position Voicings On II-V-I (Minor Keys)

  • Topic 3: Beginning Bebop

    • 3.1 The Bebop Method Of Crafting Lines

    • 3.2 Application Of The Bebop Method On Standards

    • 3.3 Application Of Closed Position Voicings On Standards

    • 3.4 Putting Both Hands Together

    • 3.5 Harmonic Studies 3: Introduction To Chord-Scale Theory

      • What Is Chord-Scale Theory?

      • Chord-Scales & Available Tensions For Diatonic & Secondary Dominant Chords

  • Topic 4: Jazz Voicings 

    • 4.1 Five Basic Voicings For Jazz

    • 4.2 Applications Of Basic Voicings: Using Partials & Mixing Them Up

    • 4.3 Harmonic Studies 4: Tritone Substitution & Chord-Scales 

      • Tritone Substitution as a targeting tool

      • Voicings For Tritone Substitution: Accessing The Lydian Dominant Sound

  • Topic 5: Considerations In Texture

    • 5.1 Harmonizing The Melody With Block Chords

      • Melodic Analysis

      • Basic Block Chords Harmonization

      • Harmonization Of Passing Notes

      • Determining Whether To Harmonize As A Passing Note Or Tension

    • 5.2 Modes Of Interaction Between Hands

    • 5.2 Harmonic Studies 5: Modes And Minor Scales As A Source For Borrowing Chords

  • Topic 6: Developing Rhythmic Freedom

    • 6.1 Rhythmic Permutation

    • 6.2 Red Garland Comping & Oscar Peterson Comping

    • 6.3 Developing Freedom In Phrasing

    • Harmonic Studies 6: Diminished Chords & Chord-Scales

  • Topic 7: Stylistic Comping 

    • 7.1 Bossa Nova

    • 7.2 Montuno

    • 7.3 Funk

    • 7.4 Harmonic Studies 7: Modal Compositions And Default Chord Scales

  • Topic 8: Transcriptions

    • 8.1 Process Of Transcription And How To Benefit From It

    • 8.2 Harmonic Studies 8: Multi-Tonic (Symmetrical) Systems

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