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Jonny May

6 Jazz Ballad harmonic approaches using chords from Misty.  Topics include Rootless Voicings, Altered Dominants, Block Chords, Drop 2s, Quartal Voicings, Passing Chords, & Chord Substitutions.

Course Objectives
  • Learn 6 powerful approaches to harmonizing a jazz ballad
  • Discover 13th chords, rootless voicings, and altered chords
  • Understand the block chord and drop 2 approach
  • Apply quartal voicings and passing chords
Learning Focus
  • Accompanying
  • Chords
  • Lead Sheets
  • Reharmonization
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What I'd like to point out is NOT the value of the topics covered, but the value of Johnny adding additional bits of information that come from his lifetime experience as a professional jazz pianist and arranger. Historically, the reason why students choose to study with one teacher over another is precisely because of the highly personalized "additional information" that each teacher uniquely adds to the generic material being covered. For pianists who want to play professionally, that aspect of these lessons is what is most valuable and indispensable.
challenging and very comprehensive
The sounds that this technique of chord usage demonstrates.

Course Lessons

6 Jazz Ballad Harmonic Approaches 2 – Lesson 4

Altered Dominants, Minor 11, and Major 6/9

6 Jazz Ballad Harmonic Approaches 2 – Lesson 5

Block Chords and Drop 2 Voicings

6 Jazz Ballad Harmonic Approaches 2 – Lesson 7

Passing Chords, Chord Substitutions, Member Questions

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