Advanced Piano Foundations

Follow this Learning Track to master advanced piano foundations.

Section 1

Advanced Jazz Voicing Foundations

Learn block chords, drop 2 voicings, rootless voicings, and quartal voicings with these smartsheets and courses.

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1
Rootless Voicings – Chord Types & 2-5-1 Application

Learn how to play rootless voicings in the A and B position for each chord type, along with 2 essential exercises using the 2-5-1 progression.

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Rootless Voicings – Chord Types on Minor 2-5-1

Learn how to play rootless voicings in the A and B position for the chord  types in a minor 2-5-1 progression with 2 essential exercises

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3
4 Note Comp Voicings Over Cycle of 5ths

Learn 4 note voicings over the major and minor 251 patterns in 2 positions. This sheet applies drop 2 and quartal harmony with common jazz extensions on all 12 keys.

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4
Block Chords

Learn and master block voicings on each chord type including major, minor, and dominant. Practice each voicing up the scale in every key to deeply understand the construction of this classic sound.

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Drop 2 Voicings

Learn and master drop 2 voicings on each chord type including major, minor, and dominant. Practice each voicing up the scale in every key to become confident applying these beautiful voicings on songs.

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Quartal Voicings Essentials

Learn and master quartal voicings on each chord type including major, minor, and dominant. Practice each voicing up & down the scale in every key to internalize this modern jazz sound.

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Coloring Dominant Chords With Upper Structures

Discover 5 Upper Structure Triads that you can use to harmonize any dominant.  This course is a must if you want to comp (accompany) in a jazz style.

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Section 2

Technique, Ear Training, and Exercises

Improve your ear and technique with these courses

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1
Endless Epic Chords 2

Gain finger control, dexterity, speed, agility, and strength with the Endless Epic Chord Exercise, plus learn the 2 chords that can be played endlessly down the piano.

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2
Modulation Essentials – How to Modulate a Song 2

Discover advanced piano modulation techniques to elevate any arrangement using the Danny Boy lead sheet as an example.

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Section 3

Advanced Improv Basics

Learn essential scales and techniques for advanced improv

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1
The Major Blues Scale (Gospel Scale) 2

Discover the most important piano scale for improvising over any musical style - the Major Blues Scale. We’ll cover left hand accompaniments, right hand embellishments, and we'll explore several advanced techniques for improvising with this scale over various styles.

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2
How to Improvise A Solo With the Major Scale 2

In this workshop, you will learn advanced techniques for improvising piano with the Major scale. We'll cover the notes of the scale, 4 essential soloing techniques, 5 left hand accompaniments, common chord progressions & voicings, and we'll learn how to solo over multiple chords.

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How to Improvise a Solo With the Dorian Scale 2

In this workshop, you will learn advanced techniques for improvising piano with the Dorian scale. We'll cover the notes of the scale, 4 essential soloing techniques, 5 left hand accompaniments, 3 common chord progressions, and we'll learn how to solo over multiple chords.

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How to Improvise a Solo With the Mixolydian Scale 2

In this workshop, you will learn how to improvise piano over major chords with the Mixolydian scale. We'll cover 4 advanced soloing techniques, 5 left hand accompaniments, 7 common chords, and we'll learn how to solo over multiple chords.

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How to Improvise a Solo With the Aeolian Scale 2

In this workshop, you will learn advanced techniques for improvising piano with the Aeolian scale. We'll cover the notes of the scale, 4 essential soloing techniques, 5 left hand accompaniments, common chord progressions & voicings, and we'll learn how to solo over multiple chords.

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How to Improvise a Solo With the Lydian Scale 2

In this workshop, you will learn how to improvise piano over major chords with the Lydian scale. We'll cover 4 advanced soloing techniques, 5 left hand accompaniments, 11 common chords, and we'll learn how to solo over multiple chords.

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3
Scales for Improv on 7th Chords

Learn the essential scales used to improvise over the most common 7th chords found in jazz and popular music. Scales are the musical building blocks used to create interesting solos.

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Section 4

Jazz Soloing Approaches

Master essential techniques used over the 2-5-1 progression.

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2-5-1 Soloing with Bebop Scales

In this workshop, you'll learn how to solo over the 2-5-1 chord progression with Bebop scales. You'll learn 2 left hand accompaniments, 4 common grooves, and 3 bebop scales for soloing in the jazz style. Then we’ll practice various exercises for connecting scales and targeting chord tones to get that smooth jazzy solo sound.

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2-5-1 Soloing with Upper & Lower Neighbors

In this workshop, you'll learn how to solo over the 2-5-1 progression using the Upper and Lower Neighbor technique. We’ll explore a variety of exercises to master Upper and Lower Neighbors, plus examples for how to use them in your solos. By the end of the workshop, you’ll understand how to use these beautiful passing tones to create a more interesting piano solo full of tension and resolution.

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2-5-1 Soloing with Enclosures

In this workshop, you'll learn how to solo over the 2-5-1 progression with enclosures. We’ll explore upper & lower enclosures, along with a variety of exercises and example lines for each chord in the progression. By the end of the workshop, you’ll understand how to use enclosures to create a more interesting piano solo.

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Foundations
4 sections
Learning Focus
  • Learn the foundations of Jazz Harmony and Chord Voicings
  • Discover which scales to use for Jazz improvisation
  • Learn to use upper structures for jazz extensions
Full Description

Learn the advanced principles and techniques of harmony and rhythm. These courses lay the foundation for achieving a professional jazz sound.

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