Learn to play jazz standards and the 12-bar blues through the study of jazz chord voicings and improvisation techniques. Prerequisites: basic piano proficiency, knowledge of major scales, ability to play root-position major, minor, and dominant 7th chords in all keys, ability to read treble and bass clefs.
Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm
1/8 – 3/19 (10 weeks) no class 1/15
Bob Karty • $395
COURSE TITLE: Jazz Piano I
Learn to play jazz standards and the 12-bar blues through the study of jazz chord voicings and improvisation techniques.
Basic piano proficiency, knowledge of major scales, ability to play root-position major, minor, and dominant 7th chords in any key, and ability to read treble and bass clefs.
REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS: Jamey Aebersold Play-along Vol. 54, Maiden Voyage; music manuscript paper and pencil; a metronome for home practice.
RECOMMENDED READING/MATERIALS: The Jazz Piano Book by Mark Levine (Sher Music Co.) ‘The Jazz Language’ by Dan Haerle (CPP/Belwin), a concise theory resource.
To brush up on interval recognition, use this (free) Interval Ear Trainer: http://www.musictheory.net/trainers/html/id90_en.html
Course overview and introductions; review of intervals, triads, basic seventh chord types, key signatures of major keys, and the circle of 5ths; practice sequence for chord voicings: playing the roots around the circle; one-hand rootless voicings
Category A and Category B voicings for major seventh chords around the circle; the concept of smooth voice leading in chord progressions using a metronome to develop rhythm skills; swing feel vs. straight 8th notes
In-class review and drill of major seventh chord voicings; dominant seventh chord voicings; one hand rootless voicings around the circle; Selected jazz standard. practice sequence for learning songs
Improvisation exercises for the Bb blues; minor pentatonic and blues scales; listening examples of blues piano; introduction to Roman numeral analysis applied to the blues Introduction to reading a lead sheet
Review of dominant seventh chord voicings and Bb blues -in-class playing and evaluation; the major blues scale; two-hand voicings for major and dominant seventh chords
Minor chord voicings -single-hand; Category A and B selected jazz standard; chord nomenclature
Continue work on selected jazz standard; in class playing and evaluation; listening and analysis: original recording of selected jazz standard; the II-V7-I progression in all major keys; single-hand rootless voicings
Selected jazz standard; reading and rhythm skills; improvisation exercises using arpeggiated chords
Continue work on selected jazz standard — in class playing and evaluation; chord-scale theory: the major scale; improvisation exercises using the bebop dominant and bebop major scales; applying the bebop scales to selected jazz standard and developing the improvised line; introduction to transcription
Additional topics, time permitting: half-diminished chord voicings; altered dominant chord voicings; introduction to the II-V7-I progression in minor keys; tunes: selected jazz standards.
Bob Karty (piano)
B.A., Biology, Reed College. Pianist, composer, recording engineer, producer. Performs with Ray Obiedo, Pete Escovedo, world-jazz sextet Tanaóra, Conjunto Karabalí (led by Michael Spiro & Santana percussionist Karl Perazzo). Founding member of Orquesta La Moderna Tradición, one of the few authentic charanga orchestras outside of Cuba, with whom he performed for over 15 years and recorded three albums.