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My Minor Chord To Play &The Melody Note is The 11th(4th) of the Chord-The Kenny Barron Voicing

Yeah that’s right the Kenny Barron Voicing is built from 2 stacked 5ths in each hand separated by a minor 2nd.

I found a neat video on YouTube which explains the voicing played below by one of the best online jazz tutors Hayden from pianogroove.

This one of my favourite minor voicing for the piano its sound fantastic with a bit of practice you can bring this into your playing anytime Let’s look at the Kenny Barron voicing – for C minor 11:

C  G  D  /  Eb  Bb  F

It has all 6 notes of the C minor 11 chord (C Eb G Bb D F) – but they’re spread apart in 5ths (except for D – Eb).

It’s called ‘The Kenny Barron Voicing’ because it was made famous by the jazz pianist Kenny Barron.

If you can’t reach a 9th, try rippling it, or hold down the pedal and arpeggiate it...

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Basic Music Composition Techniques pdf | Jazz Voicing Upper Structures

Free Composing Software

The best part is, you don’t have to spend a ton of money. In fact, you don’t have to spend any money at all. There is a great notation software program called musescore, and it is available for mac or pc for free. The sound is usually not the greatest, but you can also look for SF2 sound files on the internet and load them into the program.

Musescore
Sibelius First
ScoreCloud
Noteflight
Flat

And here are some free soundfonts. These can be used with Musescore to get a better sound out of the program:
http://nando.oui.com.br/pages/soundfonts.html
http://www.schristiancollins.com/generaluser.php

Upper structures, also called upper structure triads, are triads that have been superimposed above a tritone...

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what does the locrian mode sound like

Would you like to learn more about the locrian mode? This video will help.

In today’s tutorial I break down the theory, construction, and improvise tips to help you add the locrian scale into your bag of tricks.

The first thing to keep in mind when learning this mode is that it’s the 7th mode of the major scale.

This is usually where people start when learning more about modes.

But, often times people will do a weird shortcut in their brain where if they’re playing B locrian mode they often times just think C major scale.

The problem that comes in with this method of thought is you end up playing lines that don’t really sound great over half diminished chords.

It’s best to think of locrian as it’s own entity in itself.

In terms of music theory, I like to use this scale over half diminishe...

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Lesson 1 The Grand Staff | Free Beginner Piano

So, let’s get started...

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The Ray Charles 12-Bar Blues Piano Lick – Piano Lesson

The Ray Charles 12-Bar Blues Piano Lick – Piano Lesson

Today’s lesson is on a Ray Charles blues progression from the song What I’d Say. This song features a lot of really cool stuff, we’ve got a sweet bass line in the left hand. We got some cool kind of pulsing chord movements in the right, and then we’ve got an awesome little (blues piano music) lick that caps off the whole thing. So we’re gonna look at each part of those. So let’s start at the beginning with that bass line. The bass line’s really simple. It consists of, again it’s this 12-bar pattern. It’s in the key of E. (piano chord) So that means we have three chords to work with. We got an E chord.

(piano note) We got an A. (piano note) And we got a B...

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