Learn tonic-dominant chord progressions, basic turnarounds and chord inversions in all keys, while developing the ability to play standard tunes using those basic progressions in leadsheet format. This course prepares students for Jazz Piano I and is recommended for pianists with a classical background interested in breaking free of the printed page and learning how to interpret leadsheets as well as learning how to improvise. Handouts provided. Prerequisites: basic keyboard knowledge.
Saturdays 1:30 – 3 pm
4/14 – 6/9 (9 weeks)
Jeanne Walpole • $375
COURSE TITLE: Applied Keyboard Harmony
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Learn fundamental harmonic progressions (dominant/tonic; turnarounds and II – V7 – I), with an emphasis on 7th chords (and later 9th chords) in all major and minor keys; basic tune forms (AABA, ABAB) and how to analyze a lead sheet (key, form and harmonic progressions), while playing songs reflecting all concepts learned. Materials are presented in an active, hands-on fashion, aimed at liberating note-readers from the printed page. Handouts are provided by the instructor. This course prepares students for Jazz Piano I.
COURSE PREREQUISITES: basic keyboard knowledge.
COURSE PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES:
Students will be able to do the following:
- Play all the major scales (and some minor)
- Harmonize each scale and a simple tune in each key with tonic and dominant
- Learn to play diatonic turnarounds in most major keys
- Apply typical modifications to the diatonic turnaround
- Play several tunes from lead sheets
- Play in major and minor keys
REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS: Handouts are provided by the instructor.
Tonic/dominant 7th with scales in sharp keys
Harmonize and transpose simple tune
Flat keys, tonic/dominant; simple tune in all keys
Turnaround (I – vi – iimi7 – V7 – I), 7ths on all chords
play in C – G – F – Bb – Eb
“Blue Moon” – AABA form
Analyze underlying harmonies in C, transpose to G
“At Last”. II – V7 – I progression
Common alterations to turnaround (VI as dom7b9) Form:ABAB
Tune: “Sometimes I’m Happy”
Alterations to turnaround continued. Tune:“ ‘S Wonderful”
III – VI – II – V7 – I turnaround
Minor scales (Aeolian; harmonic; melodic)
Turnaround and chord
qualities in minor keys
Minor keys continued
Tune: “My Funny Valentine”
Jeanne Walpole (piano)
M.A. in Music Theory, San Francisco State U.; M.A. Studies in Piano Manhattan School of Music; B.A., Smith College: studied with Dick Hindman 1990–2003; Pianist, Nordstrom.