The overtone series is the physics behind all western music, including jazz. It is the bedrock of everything we do as jazz musicians.
Musical modes are used to evoke emotional mood to your music. They follow the same notes of a base major key, but by changing the root note, they bring out their own tonal qualities. Here’s how they are constructed.
Dominant 7th chords are the most exciting and colorful chords in jazz. The fundamental voicings are used in all jazz standards, and altered extensions provide endless varieties to get creative.
Major chords can be voiced using a number of techniques, including shells, rootless voicings, 6/9 voicings, extended voicings with the sharp-11th, fourth voicings, and more.
Minor chords can be voiced using a number of techniques, including shells, rootless voicings, extended voicings with the 11th, fourth voicings, and more.
Suspended chords are consonant sounding chords that are not fully resolved. They often act as substitutes for minor-ii or dominant-V7 chords.
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