Jazz Swing Piano – Track 1

Follow this Learning Track to get started with the swing style.

Section 1

Cycle of 5ths Songs

Learn tunes that use the Cycle of 5ths Progression.

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Autumn Leaves Jazz Swing 1

In our most comprehensive jazz swing piano course, we'll learn how to play Autumn Leaves in a jazz swing style. Starting with the lead sheet, we’ll memorize the melody/chords, stylize the left hand, embellish the right hand melody, master a variety of improv & rhythm techniques, and more!

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Fly Me To The Moon 1

Transform Fly Me to the Moon into a swingin' arrangement! From a lead sheet, we apply swing ingredients like shells, harmonies, chord pops, & fills. Plus, learn an intro, outro, & how to improvise.

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Autumn Trees Lead Sheet

In this lesson for all playing levels, you'll transform the lead sheet Autumn Trees into a fun swing tune using the essential techniques of swing.  Fills, walking bass lines, and rootless voicings are all covered.

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Section 2

Cycle of 5ths Improvisation

Learn how to improvise over the Cycle of 5ths.

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Soloing Over a 2-5-1 Progression

Learn to solo over the most common progression in all of Jazz. With a step-by-step approach, you'll discover how to use scales, chord tones, chromaticism, and patterns to express your creativity.

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Section 3

Cycle of 5ths Accompaniment

Learn Cycle of 5th Accompaniment techniques.

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Jazz Swing Accompaniment 1

Learn 10 approaches to accompany on a jazz swing tune. We’ll cover the best right hand chord options, 3 right hand rhythms, and 3 left hand bass line options.

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Cycle of Fifths in 3 Jazz Styles 1

Stylize the Cycle of 5ths Progression in Swing, Latin Bossa Nova, & Jazz Ballad. An essential course if you want to comp on tunes like Fly Me to the Moon, Autumn Leaves, & All the Things You Are.

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Jazz Walking Bass Lines 1

Learn 9 techniques for walking jazz bass lines, including outlining chords, chromatic connectors, 5ths, walkups, walkdowns, & more.

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4
5 Jazz Comping Approaches 1

Discover 5 Jazz approaches for how to comp, or accompany, over the Cycle of 5ths Progression.  We cover the chords, common comping rhythms, & 5 essential harmonic approaches.

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How to Play Jazz Swing Piano Accompaniment

Learn how to play jazz swing piano accompaniment with Fly Me to the Moon. You'll learn the chords, how to "comp", and 3 essential bass lines for all levels.

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Section 4

Turnaround Songs

Learn tunes that use the Turnaround Progression.

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Heart and Spirit 1

Learn Heart & Spirit, a tune inspired by Heart & Soul. You'll learn how to develop the lead sheet into 3 essential jazz styles - Swing, Latin, and Broadway Kickline - plus, how to improvise over it.

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Strollin’ Along

Learn a medium-swing jazz tune with a catchy earworm melody. Discover a variety of techniques with dominant chords on the turnaround, extensions, tritone substitution, and quartal voicings.

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Section 5

Turnaround Improvisation

Learn how to improvise over the Turnaround

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Soloing Over a Turnaround 1

Learn to confidently solo over this essential jazz progression. The 1 6 2 5 progression will help you master important improv concepts such as phrasing, connecting scales, and more.

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Extended Turnaround Improv 1

Learn how to improvise over the Extended Turnaround Progression, including 3 accompaniments, 4 right hand soloing techniques, and 6 piano improv exercises.

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Breaking Down a Jazz Solo 1

Learn how jazz pianists construct a solo in this note-for-note analysis workshop. Using the major turnaround, you'll understand how to elegantly combine rhythmic and melodic ideas.

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Section 6

Turnaround Accompaniment

Learn Turnaround Accompaniment techniques.

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Transposing a Lead Sheet 1

Learn how to quickly & easily transpose a lead sheet. Using the Number Chart method, we'll analyze a melody and chords, "convert" them to numbers, and apply the numbers to a new key.

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Jazz Swing Piano on the Turnaround Progression

Learn the essential 1-6-2-5 Turnaround Chord Progression (used in many songs such as Rhythm Changes), Melody, and 3 ways to play it for swing jazz piano!

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Level 2
Jazz Swing
6 sections
Learning Focus
  • Discover the Cycle of 5ths and Turnaround progressions
  • Learn songs, improvisation, and accompaniment techniques
  • Develop lead sheets into swing arrangements
  • Master swing stylization: walking bass, stride-swing, comping, jazz harmony, & fills
Full Description

With this structured Jazz Swing Learning Track, you’ll learn essential techniques to becoming a jazz pianist. Master walking bass lines, chord voicings, embellishments, and improv over the 2 most important progressions in jazz: Cycle of 5ths & Turnaround.

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