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Personal Piano Professor, Issue#039 -Jazz Chord Extensions
September 24, 2014
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Learning Jazz Piano Chords
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Jazz Piano Chords
To learn to play jazz piano chords you will need to learn about chord extensions and how to play them using jazz chord voicings
In this lesson you will learn what these chord "extensions" sometimes called "tensions" are and where and how to use them.
If you add a flatted 7th to a major triad progressions you start to get more of a bluesy sound.
When you start adding 9ths and 11th and 13ths to your chords you are moving into the realm of jazz piano chords.
The numbers 7, 9, 11, and 13 signify a distance up the major scale from the root of the chord.
Diatonic chords and the number system.
Diatonic chords are those chords that are naturally related to a given key. They are built on the seven notes of the major scale which is also called a diatonic scale.
If you sit at the keyboard and play a C major triad with your right hand, thumb on middle C, third finger on E, and fifth finger on G, and then move that hand position up the keyboard with the same finger spacing you will play all the diatonic chords related to the key of C.
For more about this important topic and the number system of naming chords used by professionals click the link below.
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More about Blues Chord Progressions.
After you get comfortable playing the classic I IV I V I blues progression and have played it enough times you will want to explore other Blues Chords progressions.
You will find that the blues is more a feeling than it is just that basic three chord progression.
One of my favorite Blues chord progressions is The classic blues progression for "Georgia on my mind" by Hoagy Charmichael and Stuart Gorrell.
While learning to play this Classic song you will learn to expand your knowledge of blues chord progressions in general and how to use the blues scales and pentatonic scales you have learned over more interesting chord movement.
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Learning the 12 bar blues progression is basic to understanding the roots of American popular music.
When you see a group of musicians getting together to play everyone seems to know what to do almost magically.
This is because at one time or another they learned the 12 bar blues progression.
While there are lots of variations of this timeless progression the most common is a three chord 12 measure version explained in this lesson.
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