What voicings do the pros use? How do they use them? How can I apply these voicing techniques to my own playing? These are some of the most common yet vexing questions from intermediate and early advanced jazz piano players that this series of lessons hopes to address. Each lesson in the series examines a transcription of a major jazz pianist (Danny Grissett and Taylor Eigsti) and looks at how they voice chords, the ways in which they use them and shows you strategies for applying them to tunes. Use the voicings to enrich and enliven your harmonic concept and inspire you to think out-of-the-box to create new sounds and colors. The Practice Sessions and Playalongs included with each lesson help you to learn the voicings in all keys and show you how to adapt them to your own playing.
Three voicing techniques from the beautiful solo piano introduction to Taylor Eigsti's tune "Midnight After Noon" from his 2010 Concord Records release, "Daylight at Midnight," are examined in this lesson: a dramatic voicing without a third, an ascending major chord line cliche and rich drop 2 voicings. Learn how he uses them, the theory that makes them work and strategies for incorporating these devices into your own playing.
Watch this short video for an overview of the content of this course.
Five Essential Seventh Chords
Rootless Voicings with Added Tension
Solo Jazz Piano
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"Thoroughly enjoying your programs. You have done a wonderful job, well organized! My biggest challenge is staying focused! Bit like a "blind dog in a meat market," but your lessons are just the right size without too much information. Can play your blues in F fairly well. Love trying to imitate your style....I actually sound like I can play! For the first time I am actually managing the voicing progressions." -Camille
About the instructor
Bill did undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music and holds the M.Mus. degree in Jazz Studies from the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music where he studied with Ray Santisi and Charlie Banacos. Bill taught and played extensively around the Boston area for the better part of two decades appearing everywhere from the legendary Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge MA to a long stand at the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill in Boston before relocating to the Raleigh-Durham NC area where he teaches full-time on JazzPianoOnline.com.