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Our most recent articles on jazz playing techniques, music theory and history.

  • Chords & Voicings

    A sharp-11 chord can be little intimidating of a concept, especially if you are new to playing jazz, but it's actually one of the most common ways to color major and dominant chords. In this article, we’ll explore various ways to use this chord in your playing.

    Josh Walsh — August 09, 2020
  • Scales

    An avoid note is any note in the scale that is a half-step away from a note in the chord being played. As an example, playing an F on top of a C major chord sounds dissonant, since it's a half step above E, the third of the chord.

    Josh Walsh — July 23, 2020
  • Jazz Styles

    One of the most common questions I hear from beginning piano students is "can I learn to play Maple Leaf Rag?" Or, "Is The Entertainer approachable as a beginner?"

    Josh Walsh — July 08, 2020
  • Chord Progressions

    These 7 chord progressions make up 90% of jazz standards and are a critical skill in learning to play jazz piano.

    Josh Walsh — June 13, 2020
  • Music Theory

    The Tonnetz is a 2-dimensional mesh which maps the tonal landscape of western music. It serves as an analytical tools for understanding the theoretical structure of our music.

    Josh Walsh — April 27, 2020
  • Chords & Voicings

    Sus-chords were first used in classical music to delay the resolution of a cadence. Jazz musicians use sus-voicings in many different scenarios.

    Josh Walsh — April 17, 2020
  • Chords & Voicings

    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.

    Josh Walsh — March 28, 2020
  • Chords & Voicings

    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.

    Josh Walsh — March 28, 2020

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