How To Play Block Chords (JAZZ PIANO) Part 1/2

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Hi! Today I want to show you how they are able to “block out” some chords and play the “block chords” style. And the “block chords” style is pretty much like this: For precedent. So, it’s based on this principle that you for example represent the C scale: in octaves, and then you add one note to it: So this one: and then you call it as C Be-bop scale and what do you do then is that you play the music still with both of your hands and underneath you play the chords: and you add 6th’ s, a lot of 6th’ s and then on every other key you lend diminished chords like this: And, if you want to get more fancy they are able to descend 2 which is more like instead of dallying this one now you play it down now: And then you play the same proportion: But I want to show you an exercise that I’ve been working with a lot, and it vanishes like this: You toy the II-V-I progressions so it’s going to be II-V to II-V to II-V to I.

I’m going to change to Db and play II-V another II-V, and II-V, and another II-V, and end on F. That’s II-V progression. It’s lots of II-V progressions. And one course to do that in “block chord” style is to play, like this: And you need the bass underneath so we’re going to put on the bass very soon. And then on the dominant 7th chord the G7 for example: “youre playing”, a( b9) and a( b13 ), and then you continue the same channel: And with the band it’s going to sound like this: So that’s one way of doing it. And the other route is to go like this: so you move your left hand down so now you’re playing 10 th’s: It’s 10 th’s all the time. So let’s try that with a clique: The next ploy I want to show you is on the dominant 7th chord. You can play instead of toy the dominant 7th you play a 6th or add 13 th so if you play a G – chord: it could come out like this.

And you’re contributing this note, and you’re adding this note. The present note as well as you’re supplementing the 13 th. And you’re lending the( b9 ): And frisk the octave as well here. What you do here, I learned this from Bill Evans by the way … Not immediately from him but he taught me through his music. He was dallying a lot of advances like this. So you move that observe or you move that chord up minor 3rd stairs: So it’s going to be like this, and it’s going to be be like this, and it’s going to be like this: And you move ascending and descend: And this is a very strong chord so you shouldn’t do that too much.

But if you do it rarely it would sound like this: So there you have 3 thoughts that you can work on, and when you blend all of these into a sung, and play together with something else, it might come out like this: While the music is frisking here is a summary: You can “block” any chord in any chant but it’s most common to “block” the chords in ballads such as this one, or medium swing themes such as a “Lullaby of Birdland”. And I think of it like this: you slip an octave and play the melody in octaves where the octave is “blocking” the chords from going anywhere outside of the octave. And in other words, you’re playing the chords between the octave.

If you want to get more fancy with it you could also “drop” 2. So now you’re both “blocking” the chords and “dropping” 2. How should be used rule the “block chords”? I recommend the following steps: 1. Listen a lot to Bill Evans, Milt Buckner and George Shearing, and listen to how they’re “blocking” when they’re playing. 2. Copy note by memo, one of them until you get the point. And this responsibility takes some time but candidly i would never be able to crack the code if I didn’t copy note by memo one of the pulley-block professionals. 3. Practice the Bebop major magnitude and contribute a 6th or 7th on every other proportion memorandum and a diminished chord on every other mention in the scale.

4. Try to use the technique until it’s overused so “youve been” get to know the “block chord” technique. 5. And most importantly, work with specific usages of this subject if “youve been” want to captain it. I’ve created a “block chord” exercise along with a play-along track that i was using that you can download free of charge by clicking on the link under this video. Also i will give you the sung i was playing that is fairly easy to start with when you’re starting with “block chords”. So, I hope it helped and please, if you liked this, please stumbled Like, Subscribe and Share it and whatever you do, take care of your music today, be seeing you !.

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