Students learn how to read lead sheets and how to appropriately voice chords on the piano.
Play standard tunes in the following ways using a lead sheet
Upon the successful completion of this course a student should be able
- Melody in the right hand and basic chord inversions in the left hand
- Chords only spread between both hands to comp behind a soloist, employing upper structure and altered chord harmony.
- Rootless voicings in the left hand and embellished melody in the right hand while playing with bass and drums.
- Play a solo piano ballad with rich jazz harmonies and moving textural lines.
- Play the blues in four keys, demonstrating standard chord voicings and improvisational techniques.
- Play II-V-I patterns in major and minor, using three voicing systems; 1735-1379, 1357-1793, and rootless voicings. These include harmonic extensions to the 13th and various forms of the altered dominant seventh chords and their substitutions.
- Know and play all of the following modes and scales with correct fingerings: Dorian, Mixolydian, Jazz Minor, Lydian, Locrian, Whole Tone, Diminished (Octatonic) in two forms, Lydian Dominant, Super Locrian (Diminished Whole-Tone).