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JAZZ1026: Jazz Piano 2

Consolidation and development of concepts and skills introduced in Jazz Piano 1. Applying A/B chord voicings and Drop 2 chord voicings to Jazz Standards.

Code JAZZ1026
Academic unit Jazz
Credit points 3
Assumed knowledge:
Jazz quaver articulation. Chord tones. Ability to play the diatonic cycle harmony, 12 bar blues and ii-V-I progressions

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify and construct (from printed score or from memory) the extended/colourful 7th chords derived from the modes of the major scale, including: maj6/9, min9, dominant 9 and 13 and some altered dominant chords, min9(b5) or half-diminished 9, and diminished 7
  • LO2. name and compare some basic alternative voicings and parent scales that may be used when harmonising or re-harmonising: 1. tonic major and minor chords (I chords); 2. minor and half-diminished (or min7(b5) chords (ii7 chords); and 3. dominant 7 chords (V7 chords)
  • LO3. name and describe some uses for the chords derived harmonic minor scale
  • LO4. describe and apply drop 2 voicing technique to ii-V-I and diatonic cycle chord progressions
  • LO5. illustrate a basic understanding of voice-leading between consecutive chord structures and in harmonic progressions
  • LO6. describe in basic detail some aspects of recorded jazz music, and identify a small number of relevant techniques employed by the performing musicians that may be in turn used to inform one's own practice and arrangements
  • LO7. utilise the resources presented in this course to inform further private practice and study of (or improvisation or composition with) jazz piano and jazz harmony.

Unit outlines

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