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Instructor
Jonny May
Course
Intermediate
03:03:49

Learn the essential building blocks of Jazz harmony with chord shells and guide tones. Master these voicings with exercises for major, dominant, and minor 7th chords in all 12 keys to build your foundation for advanced jazz harmony.

Course Objectives
  • Learn the construction of Chord Shells and Guide Tones
  • Understand Common Chord Shell Voicings
  • Play Major 7, Dominant 7, and Minor 7 chords with Shells in 2 Positions
  • Master the 2-5-1 Progression with Shell Voicings in 12 Keys
Learning Focus
  • Accompanying
  • Chords
  • Exercises
  • Lead Sheets
  • Technique
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Must Know Skills
This course is thorough! It gave me the tools to master the essential 2-5-1 basics for playing from lead sheets, improvising, composing, and accompanying in all 12 keys. It is not something to master all at once, but it clears up any confusion as to how to master the material, and when and where to apply it. An absolute must for anyone on the path to playing jazz.
High value exercises and theory!
Very good structure of guide tones in combination with 2-5-1 structure. Makes you practice scales and chords, and provides clear view about what you are playing.
Great course well worth the effort for the knowledge.😁
Found this course amazing made my brain work at recognising 7th chords in closed and open positions and shells .Good foundation in 2.5.1 in all 12 keys this was tough but helped me towards my goal of playing lead sheets I've started playing All the things you are lots of 5.1 right through the piece .👍
Essential knowledge
I repeated this course. Great content. I still can’t keep up with the learning tracks whilst changing technique, so will move on.
Challenging
Glad I finished the course but no where near speed or figuring out the 2 5 1 with accuracy. There is a pattern but I’m not quite figuring it out. I’ll continue to approach slowly. Thank you.

Course Lessons

2
Chord Shell & Guide Tone Exercises – Lesson 2
27:00

Exercise 1: Major 7 Shells Around the Circle of 5ths

3
Chord Shell & Guide Tone Exercises – Lesson 3
17:49

Exercise 2: Dominant 7 Shells Around the Circle of 5ths

4
Chord Shell & Guide Tone Exercises – Lesson 4
15:29

Exercise 3: Minor 7 Shells Around the Circle of 5ths

Featured Reviews

View PWJ member reviews of this course!

Must Know Skills
This course is thorough! It gave me the tools to master the essential 2-5-1 basics for playing from lead sheets, improvising, composing, and accompanying in all 12 keys. It is not something to master all at once, but it clears up any confusion as to how to master the material, and when and where to apply it. An absolute must for anyone on the path to playing jazz.
High value exercises and theory!
Very good structure of guide tones in combination with 2-5-1 structure. Makes you practice scales and chords, and provides clear view about what you are playing.
Great course well worth the effort for the knowledge.😁
Found this course amazing made my brain work at recognising 7th chords in closed and open positions and shells .Good foundation in 2.5.1 in all 12 keys this was tough but helped me towards my goal of playing lead sheets I've started playing All the things you are lots of 5.1 right through the piece .👍
Essential knowledge
I repeated this course. Great content. I still can’t keep up with the learning tracks whilst changing technique, so will move on.
Challenging
Glad I finished the course but no where near speed or figuring out the 2 5 1 with accuracy. There is a pattern but I’m not quite figuring it out. I’ll continue to approach slowly. Thank you.
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