Monday, July 28, 2014

Sheet Music Packages are back! (Jazz Piano Lesson Sheet Music)

Sorry it took so long!  I had to find and re-compile all the original files for 40 lessons.  I am working on Modern Jazz Lines 1-30 and they should be up shortly.  Thank you for your patience.  Please let me know if you have any problems with the download.

Lessons #1-40 Complete .pdf Package

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Modern Jazz Line #30 - Building a Modern Jazz Line - Lee Konitz Method Jazz Lesson

SPECIAL NOTE:  It seems Scribd has disabled the selling of collections of documents.  If you would like to buy any of my collections Jazz Piano Lessons 1-40, Modern Jazz Line 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, please e-mail me via my contact page and I will give you more information.

This week's Modern Jazz line marks the final lesson in my I-VI-ii-V series.  You might recall that in Modern Jazz Line #20 I wrote out multiple lines to show the "evolution" of particular jazz line.  I wanted to do something similar with this lesson so I decided to take a page from the Lee Konitz play book.

I loosely based the 10 step method shown below on Lee Konitz's 10 Steps to Improvisation, an article I discovered when studying the music of Lennie Tristano.  The idea is to take something very simple and be able to mold it in a multitude of ways until you have something completely unique.  The eventual goal is to be able to achieve this level of creativity on a completely spontaneous level while improvising.  A goal worthy of an improvisor on any level!

Sheet Music:  Modern-Jazz-Line-30-Building-a-Modern-Jazz-Line-Lee-Konitz-Method

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You can find my complete collection of previous Modern Jazz Line "How to Improvise" playlists below.  You may want to review these lessons before continuing with the series.  They will give you an excellent introduction to voicing and improvising over the ii-V-I progression.

Modern Jazz Line #1-10 - The "ii-V-I" Progression
Video Jazz Piano Lesson Playlist (YouTube)
Sheet Music Collection for Jazz Piano Lesson (1-10)
Blog Posts for Modern Jazz Line #1-10

Modern Jazz Line #11-20 - The Tri-Tone Substitution
Video Jazz Piano Playlist (YouTube)
Sheet Music Collection for Jazz Piano Lesson (11-20)
Blog Posts for Modern Jazz Line #11-20

Friday, October 18, 2013

Modern Jazz Line #29 - Bebop Displacement - Jazz Lesson - Piano

Sheet Music:  Modern-Jazz-Line-29-Bebop-Displacement

I feel like I can't possibly say this enough.  Thank you everyone for all your support in helping grow this website.  I wouldn't have the motivation to do all this without you!

In this week's lesson we will tackle some moderately advanced bebop chord tone circling techniques. I've made the exercise more challenging by displacing the resolution of a few of the target notes.  Take it slow and play the rhythms evenly as you learn how each dissonance resolves.

The target note for Cmaj7 ends up resolving on the and of beat 2 after being circled chromatically above and below.

The 9th of Am7 is approached by a half step below as it resolves on the and of 3.

The 5th of Dm7 is approached chromatically by two steps below and resolves on the 1st beat of the 2nd measure.

The 7th of G7 is circled by three notes starting with a half step below on the and of beat 1.  Then resolving on beat 3 after being approached by two half-steps above.

I also had the #5 of G7 in mind when writing out the last three eight notes of measure two.  Notice how it is circled using half steps.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this or any of my other exercises.

You may want to watch my Introduction to Modern Jazz Lines 21-30 before continuing with this lesson.

You can find my complete collection of Modern Jazz Line "How to Improvise" playlists below.  You may want to review these lessons before continuing with the series.  They will give you an excellent introduction to voicing and improvising over the ii-V-I progression.

Modern Jazz Line #1-10 - The "ii-V-I" Progression
Video Jazz Piano Lesson Playlist (YouTube)
Sheet Music Collection for Jazz Piano Lesson (1-10)
Blog Posts for Modern Jazz Line #1-10

Modern Jazz Line #11-20 - The Tri-Tone Substitution
Video Jazz Piano Playlist (YouTube)
Sheet Music Collection for Jazz Piano Lesson (11-20)
Blog Posts for Modern Jazz Line #11-20

Sheet Music:   Modern-Jazz-Line-29-Bebop-Displacement




Video Lesson:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Modern Jazz Line #28 - Shapes in 12/8 - Jazz Piano Lesson

Sheet Music:  Modern-Jazz-Line-28-Shapes-in-12-8

With this line I tried to transpose and invert a simple shape through each chord of the I-VI-ii-V progression.  Take a moment to analyze the notes in order to understand how each shape works with it's corresponding scale.  Once you are familiar with the shape in all 12 keys you should begin using it as a guide to improvise slowly over some of your favorite tunes.  Over time, you will become more comfortable creating your own shapes and choosing your own scales while improvising.

I hope you enjoy transposing this melody through all twelve keys.  Feel free to substitute any of the written left hand voicings for your own.

You may want to watch my Introduction to Modern Jazz Lines 21-30 before continuing with this lesson.

You can find my complete collection of Modern Jazz Line "How to Improvise" playlists below.  You may want to review these lessons before continuing with the series.  They will give you an excellent introduction to voicing and improvising over the ii-V-I progression.

Modern Jazz Line #1-10 - The "ii-V-I" Progression
Video Jazz Piano Lesson Playlist (YouTube)
Sheet Music Collection for Jazz Piano Lesson (1-10)
Blog Posts for Modern Jazz Line #1-10

Modern Jazz Line #11-20 - The Tri-Tone Substitution
Video Jazz Piano Playlist (YouTube)
Sheet Music Collection for Jazz Piano Lesson (11-20)
Blog Posts for Modern Jazz Line #11-20

Sheet Music:   Modern-Jazz-Line-28-Shapes-in-12-8


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