Intermediate Piano Foundations – Part 2

Follow this Learning Track to master the higher-level foundations

Section 1

Chord Voicing Foundations

Learn Shells, Extensions, and Alterations to build the fundamentals of more advanced jazz harmony

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Chord Shell & Guide Tone Exercises

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.

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Play Piano Lead Sheets with Shells & Guide Tones

Learn how to transform piano lead sheets with chord shells, guide tones, and right hand filler harmonies. Using 8 common chord progressions, you'll understand how to apply these piano techniques to create a richer and more interesting sound.

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Piano Chord Extensions

Demystify chord extensions with this comprehensive theory course on learning the most common extensions over major 7, dominant 7, and minor 7 chords.

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Piano Chord Alterations

Learn the most common chord alterations for dominant chords. Discover helpful tricks for finding each alteration, and practice them with exercises in 2 positions.

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2-5-1 Chord Extension & Alteration Exercises

Learn the essential exercises to master chord extensions and alterations on the 2-5-1 chord progression in all 12 keys. We cover the most commons voicings using the 9, 11, and 13, along with their alterations.

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Section 2

Technique, Exercises, & Ear Training

Practice chord inversions, finger technique, rhythm, two hand coordination, and modulation.

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Two-Hand Coordination Exercises 2

Master two-hand coordination, rhythm, syncopation, speed, and finger control with 48 exercises exploring the most common chord progressions and rhythms in popular music.

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Epic Minor Chords 2

Learn the Darth Vader progression while improving your technique! Improve finger strength, control, speed, and agility while having fun playing "endlessly" down the piano.

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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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Passing Chords & Reharmonization 2

Learn 5 essential techniques for adding passing chords or reharmonizing any song. Techniques include Secondary Dominant Series, Tritone Substitutes, 2-5-1 Progression, Elongated 2-5-1, & Chromatic 2-5-1.

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10 Techniques to Harmonize a Melody for Piano

3 Beginner, 2 Intermediate, & 5 Advanced Options with Modern Jazz Techniques

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Modulation Essentials – How to Modulate a Song 1

In this workshop, you'll learn how to modulate any arrangement to create an exciting lift in your piano songs.

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Ear Training – Interval Crash Course

This workshop dives into the essential skills required for ear training. We'll explore song associations for all ascending and descending intervals, and review fundamental music vocabulary. Then we’ll work out simple melodies by ear, and find different ways to harmonize those melodies.

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Jazz Standard Analysis 1

In this workshop, we'll analyze the chord progression for Autumn Leaves. Starting with the lead sheet, we'll memorize the melody/chords, analyze the chord functions and chord qualities, learn how to add color with the 2-5-1 trick, and more.

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Section 3

Improv & Scales

Learn essential scales and techniques for improv

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The Major Blues Scale (Gospel Scale) 1

Learn the most important piano scale for improvising over any musical style - the Major Blues Scale. We’ll cover essential exercises to master finger control, dexterity and speed, and we'll explore several techniques for improvising with this scale over various styles.

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How to Improvise a Solo With the Major Scale 1

In this workshop, you will learn how to improvise piano with one of the most important scales - the Major scale. We'll cover the notes of the scale, which chords/progressions to use, 5 left hand accompaniments, 2 block positions, 4 rhythm exercises, 3 soloing techniques, and more.

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How to Improvise a Solo With the Dorian Scale 1

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

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How to Improvise a Solo With the Mixolydian Scale 1

In this workshop, you will learn how to improvise piano with the Mixolydian scale. We'll cover the notes of the scale, essential soloing techniques, left hand accompaniments, common chord progressions and rhythms, and we'll learn how to solo over multiple chords.

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How to Improvise a Solo With the Aeolian Scale 1

In this workshop, you will learn how to improvise piano with the Aeolian scale - a sad, ominous sounding scale often used in rock music. We'll cover the notes of the scale, which chords/progressions to use, 5 left hand accompaniments, 2 block positions, 4 rhythm exercises, 3 soloing techniques, and more.

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How to Improvise a Solo With the Lydian Scale 1

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

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2-5-1 Soloing with Chord Tone Targets

In this workshop, you'll learn how to solo over the 2-5-1 chord progression using chord tone targets. You'll explore chord substitutes, left hand accompaniments, common rhythms, and a variety of exercises to master chord tone targets. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to invent your own jazz lines by targeting chord tones.

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2-5-1 Soloing with Outlining Chords

In this workshop, you'll learn how to solo over the 2-5-1 chord progression with the outlining chords technique. You'll explore different chord options, common rhythms, and a variety of exercises for outlining chords. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to create your own lines using this soloing technique.

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2-5-1 Soloing with Diatonic Triads

In this workshop, you'll learn how to solo over the 2-5-1 progression using Diatonic Triads. We’ll explore a variety of exercises to master diatonic triads, plus examples for how to use them in your solos. By the end of the workshop, you’ll understand how to use the triad technique to create a happy & lighthearted sound in your solo.

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The Best Scale to Improvise Over Minor Chords

Confidently improvise jazz piano over minor chords with authentic lines using the Dorian mode & essential techniques including enclosures & chord outlining.

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Foundations
3 sections
Learning Focus
  • Learn chord shells and guide tones
  • Master extensions and alterations of chords
  • Discover passing chords and modulation techniques
Full Description

Learn the higher-level foundations of melody, harmony, and rhythm with a focus on chord extensions and alterations. These courses are essential for playing all styles of music, especially jazz.

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