SMOOTH CHORD PROGRESSION LESSON (Jazz Piano Tutorial)

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( forte-piano music) -[ Julian] How’s it extending guys? Julian Bradley here from TheMusicalEar.com. In today’s video I’m gonna share with you my chord advance of the week. I’m gonna start by playing the original v9ersion, and then I’m going to share a couple of other variances, which you can do on the same chord advance. So here is the original form.( piano music) So the chords start on C-minor-Seven, and I’m expending an interesting voicing. It’s called an open sound, whatever it is you hop-skip every other observe. So “youre playing” C, you skip the Third, play G, bounced the root, play-act E-Flat, bounce G, and play B-Flat. This is a nice open voice. It sounds very clean when you play it. And then what we’re going to do is just take the bottom Fifth, and we’re going to slip it down a half-step to B and F-Sharp. That is a B-major-Seven. So it moves C-minor-Seven, B-major-Seven.

And then you’re gonna take both hands down and reset. Play B-Flat and F, and D-Flat and -AFlat in the right. Which chord is this? That’s right, it’s a B-Flat-minor-Seven chord. And then we’re going to do the same blueprint. We’re just gonna slide the left hand down a half-step. And which chord do we end up playing here? Well this is an -Amajor-Seven chord. Root and Fifth in the left, C-Sharp, the major Third, and G-Sharp, the major Seventh.

So those first four chords. C-minor-Seven, B-major-Seven, B-Flat-minor-Seven, going to -Amajor-Seven. And then here’s the nice division. You play a C-Sharp-minor-Nine chord. This is how I’m voicing it, but they are able to voice it any style you like. We could voice it just simply with the same voicing. Root, Fifth, Third, Seventh. Or you could switch these the other way around and play video games Seventh, Third, that would be nice. So …( piano music) You could just play that. However, I’m including the Ninth and the Fifth. And this is one of the more common sounds I will play for a minor Nine chord, or a minor Seven chord. This is C-Sharp-minor-Nine.( piano music) Okay, so here’s the first difference on this chord progression. First three chords are going to stay the same. C-minor-Seven, B-major-Seven, B-Flat-minor-Seven, but then instead of playing -Amajor-Seven, we can change this to an -Adominant-Seven. However, if we are only play the literal chord voicing it doesn’t sound great. So genuinely, we’re going to revoice it, and play this voice, which has G, the minor-Seventh, B the Ninth, C-Sharp the major Third, and F-Sharp the 13 th.

And then this chord resolves really nicely to the same C-Sharp-minor-Nine chord. And I’m going to voice it like this. I’m just going to play an E-major-Seven chord in my helping hand, with C-Sharp on the bass. And that’s a simple way to think of a C-Sharp-minor-Nine chord. Just C-Sharp and then build a major-Seven chord from the minor-Third. So here’s how that chord advance chimes.( piano music) Okay, and for the final deviation, I’m going to apply the Kenny Barron 11 th voicing to each of these chords. The Kenny Barron 11 th articulation is root, Fifth, and Ninth in the left hand, or exactly build a load of Fifths. And then in the right hand, you build a load of Fifths from the Third.

So if it’s a minor chord, then you build a load of Fifths from E-Flat, the minor-Third. Which would give you B-Flat, the minor-Seventh, and F, the 11 th. And that’s a really nice voicing for a C-minor-1 1. Or, if the chord was C-major-Seven, then you would do the same left hand, but you would build a stack of Fifths from the major-Third, which would give you B, the major-Seventh, and F-Sharp, the Sharp-Four. So, we’re going to apply these two voicings to the same chord progression. Every duration there’s a minor chord we’ll play the minor form, and every time there’s a major chord, we’ll play the major version. First chord is C-minor-Seven. Start with this. Now, the next chord is B-major-Seven, and we’re just going to slip the left hand down by a half-step. And the helping hand stays in place. And when the helping hand stays in place, well you end up playing the major voicing anyway, because this is just a load of Fifths built from the major-Third.

And then we’re going to reset for the B-Flat chord. B-Flat-minor-Seven, how are we going to voice it? That’s right, stack of Fifths in the left hand. B-Flat, F, and C. And then a load of Fifths in the helping hand from the minor-Third of B-Flat, which is D-Flat. That gives people this. And then we’re going to do the same trick one more time. Just move the left hand down by a half-step. And the right hand stays in place. So, that’s the first four chords.( piano music) And then for the final chord we have C-Sharp-minor-Seven. Stack of Fifths in the left hand, and stack of Fifths in the helping hand from the minor-Third.

Or you are able voice it up here, if it seems a little bit blurred down there for you. So, that’s the final fluctuation. Here’s how it clangs.( piano music) So, thank you very much for watching. I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, I are truly acknowledge a thumbs up. Or if you could share this video with a sidekick. And, if this is the first video of excavation you’ve seen, make sure you don’t miss out on future videos by subscribing to my channels. Now I’ve actually notated the sheet music to all three differences on this chord progression. You can download that free of charge at the link below. And, I’m even including five more chord progressions in a very similar mode, and I’ll put them all together into one PDF. You can download it, print it out, and then play all of the chord advances plus deviations at the forte-piano. So, just click on the link below. Download the sheet music. That’s it from me, and I’ll see you again in a brand-new video soon ..

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