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Jazz Piano Chords

By Misha V Stefanuk

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Piano - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Misha V Stefanuk. Squareback saddle-stitched, Theory & Harmony. Jazz. Book. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.98713).

Item Number: MB.98713

ISBN 9780786653584. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This informative volume provides a chord reference for any pianist wanting to learn to play jazz. Starting with the most basic intervals, the text explains how chords are built and how they are used in different performance settings. After covering the basics, advanced chord types such as 9ths, 11ths, 13ths, drop voicings, and the blues chord are presented and explained. The functions of chords are described, as are substitutions, clusters, and polytonal clusters. Numerous charts are provided which can be helpful for practicing and for quick and easy reference as to which can be used with given bass notes. The Melody Harmonization Charts show chords based on fourths. Learning to use these chords will help the pianist play with more harmonic variety, color, and interest.

  • Intervals 
  • Inversion, complimentary intervals, consonant intervals, dissonant intervals, series of overtones, compound intervals, enharmonic spelling, diatonic, chromatic. 
  • Chords 
  • Triad, major, minor, augmented, diminished, suspended chords, relative stability, color, dominant group, 6th chord. 
  • Piano Chords 
  • Four Way Close Voicing 
  • Open Voicing 
  • Drop Voicing 
  • Left Hand Voicing 
  • Three and Four Note Voicing 
  • Fourth Voicing 
  • Root and Seventh Voicing 
  • Third and Seventh Voicing 
  • Blues Chord 
  • Right Hand Upper Voicings 
  • Ninth, Eleventh, and Thirteenth 
  • Polychords/Triads as Upper Voicings 
  • Suspended Fourth Voicings 
  • All-Four Voicings 
  • Alteration of the Upper Voicings 
  • Split Ninth Chords 
  • Function of Chords in a Key 
  • Alternative Bass 
  • Substitution 
  • 3rd substitution, tritone substitution, substitution by a group of chords, half step off substitution 
  • Clusters 
  • Polytonal Clusters 
  • Block chords 
  • Chord Function 
  • Chords Library by Key: 
  • KEY OF C 
  • Key of C# 
  • KEY OF D 
  • Key of Eb 
  • Key of E  
  • Key of F 
  • Key of F# 
  • KEY OF G 
  • Key of Ab 
  • Key of A 
  • Key of Bb 
  • Key of B 
  • Chords Library by Melody Note: 
  • Harmonizing C or B# 
  • Harmonizing C# or Db 
  • Harmonizing D 
  • Harmonizing Eb or D# 
  • Harmonizing E or Fb 
  • Harmonizing F or E# 
  • Harmonizing F# or Gb 
  • Harmonizing G 
  • Harmonizing Ab or G# 
  • Harmonizing A 
  • Harmonizing Bb or A# 
  • Harmonizing B or Cb 
  • Quartal Harmonies 
  • Spelling Suggestions 
  • About the Author 
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