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Course Plan

 



JazzPianoMastery - Reharmonization Course

Course Plan

Below is an overview of the entire 21-lesson course, followed by a description of each of the 15 exercises.

Lesson 1

  • David explains the course's methodology
  • David plays MY ROMANCE (normal speed)
  • David plays MY ROMANCE (slow speed)
  • Final comments and introduction to Lesson 2
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: My Romance (lead sheet), My Romance (first 16 bars)

Lesson 2

  • Introduction to VOICINGS
  • Definition of  SHELLS
  • Spelling of basic chord qualities (Maj 7, 7, -7)
  • Notation 
  • Fingering
  • Definition of Chord Progression
  • How to voice the ii - V - I chord progression
  • Demonstration of the first "Moving ii - V" exercise (Exercise n. 1)
  • Homework
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: My Romance (full 32 bar reharmonization), Exercise 1

Lesson 3

  • Practicing the "Moving ii - V" exercise (Exercise n. 1)
  • The FORM of classic standards
  • The Form and Tonal Centers of MY ROMANCE
  • Demonstration of the second "Moving ii - V" exercise (Exercise n. 2)
  • Homework
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: Exercise 2

Lesson 4

  • Practicing the "Moving ii - V" exercise (Exercise n. 2)
  • Discussion about REGISTER
  • Chord Alterations 
  • Dominant Chords
  • Demonstration of Exercise n. 3
  • The process of REHARMONIZATION
  • Common Tonal Movements
  • Homework
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: Exercise 3

Lesson 5

  • Practicing Exercise n. 3 from Lesson 4
  • Demonstration of Exercise n. 4
  • Discussion of how MY ROMANCE was reharmonized
  • Three important concepts for REHARMONIZATION
  • Application of the three concepts to MY ROMANCE
  • Homework
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: Exercise 4

Lesson 6

  • Practice Exercise n. 4 from Lesson 5
  • Review of Homework assignment from Lesson 5
  • Demonstration of Exercise n. 5a
  • 3 more examples of minor 11 chord in MY ROMANCE
  • The TRITONE SUBSTITUTION
  • Tritone Substitutions in MY ROMANCE
  • Demonstration of Exercise n. 5b
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: Exercise 5a, Exercise 5b

Lesson 7

  • Practicing Exercise n. 5b from Lesson 6
  • Demonstration of Exercise n. 6
  • The TURNAROUND
  • Variations on the "I - vi - ii - V - I" pattern
  • Homework
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: Exercise 6

Lesson 8

  • David plays EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE (normal speed)
  • David plays EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE (slow speed)
  • Homework
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: Every Time We Say Goodbye (full reharmonization)

Lesson 9

  • Changing the CHORD QUALITY
  • Demonstration of Exercise n. 7
  • David discusses EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE
  • Changing I chord to iii chord
  • Using bII major 7 -> I major 7 on last chord
  • Using bVI -> bII -> I on last chord
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: Every Time We Say Goodbye (lead sheet), Exercise 7

Lesson 10

  • Demonstrating Exercise n. 8a
  • Demonstrating Exercise n. 8b
  • Demonstrating Exercise n. 8c
  • Homework (part 1)
  • SUPERIMPOSED TRIADS used so far
  • Demonstrating Exercise n. 8d
  • Demonstrating Exercise n. 8e
  • Homework (part 2)
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: Exercise 8

Lesson 11

  • Suspended 'Sus' Chords
  • A way to use the Tritone Substitute
  • Demonstration of Exercise n. 9
  • Examples of Exercise n. 9 in EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE
  • Examples of Exercise n. 9 in "MY ROMANCE"
  • Homework
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: Exercise 9

Lesson 12

  • Sus chord with 3rd on top
  • How to voice a minor 7(13) chord
  • Changing the minor 7 chord to a 7 chord
  • Tritone of ii to Sus variation
  • Moving an inner voice
  • Use of moving triads in MY ROMANCE
  • Use of moving triads in E.T.W.S.G.
  • Variation of Exercise n. 8c
  • The Tritone Two Five
  • Demonstration of Exercise n. 10
  • Homework
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: Exercise 10

Lesson 13

  • Rootless Voicings
  • 'A' Position rootless voicings
  • 'B' Position rootless voicings
  • Introduction to the minor 7b5 chord
  • Examples of the minor 7b5 chord in MY ROMANCE
  • Demonstration of Exercise n. 11
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: Exercise 11

Lesson 14

  • David plays YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (normal speed)
  • David plays YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (slow speed)
  • Homework
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: You Don't Know What Love Is (full reharmonization)

Lesson 15

  • David discusses the structure of YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
  • Melodic structure of 'A' section
  • The harmonic structure of 32 bar standards
  • David's reharmonization of YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
  • The melodic structure of the 'bridge'
  • Demonstration of Exercise n. 12
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: You Don't Know What Love Is (lead sheet), Exercise 12

Lesson 16

  • Exercise n.12 in YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
  • Exercise n. 9 in YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS 
  • Use of the “SO WHAT” VOICING
  • Exercise n. 9 in measure 21
  • The chromatic (or "half-step") ii - V in EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE
  • Art Tatum example
  • Examples of chromatic ii - V in YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
  • Demonstration of Exercise n. 13
  • Homework
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: Exercise 13

Lesson 17

  • David defines PASSING CHORDS
  • Passing Chords applied to the 3 Tunes studied so far
  • Where and how to use Passing Chords
  • Demonstration of Exercise n. 14
  • Homework
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: Exercise 14

Lesson 18

  • Diminished Chords
  • Function of Diminished Chords
  • How to voice a Diminished Chord
  • Demonstration of Exercise n. 15
  • David discusses the harmonic and melodic structure of IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING
  • Tips for reharmonizing IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRINGS
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: It Might As Well Be Spring (lead sheet), Exercise 15

 

Lesson 19

  • Diminished Chords as Passing Chords
  • The Diminished Chord acting as a I chord
  • David plays IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING (normal speed)
  • David plays IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING (slow speed)
  • David discusses his reharmonization of IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING
  • Homework
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: It Might As Well Be Spring (full reharmonization)

Lesson 20

  • Continued discussion of the reharmonization of IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING
  • David introduces THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: The Days Of Wine And Roses (lead sheet)

Lesson 21

  • David plays THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (normal speed)
  • David plays THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (slow speed)
  • David explains his reharmonization of THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
  • CONVERGENT MELODY and BASS LINES
  • DIVERGENT MELODY and BASS LINES
  • Replacing ii with IV
  • How to harmonize a RESTING MELODY
  • Summary
  • Six points to remember
  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS: The Days Of Wine And Roses (full reharmonization)


Description of Exercises

  • Exercise n. 1- The first "Moving ii - V" exercise
  • Exercise n. 2 - The second "Moving ii - V" exercise
  • Exercise n. 3 - The first "Moving ii - V - I" exercise
  • Exercise n. 4 - The second "Moving ii - V - I" exercise
  • Exercuse n. 5a - The third "Moving ii - V" exercise
  • Exercise n. 5b - The "Moving ii - bII7 - I" exercise
  • Exercise n. 6 - The third "Moving ii - V - I" exercise
  • Exercise n. 7 - The "Two Dominant" exercise
  • Exercise n. 8a - The "Root Position Triads" exercise
  • Exercise n. 8b - The "Second Inversion Triads" exercise
  • Exercise n. 8c - The "Melodic Triad" exercise
  • Exercise n. 8d - The "Superimposed Triads" exercise
  • Exercise n. 8e - The "Superimposed Triads (2nd inversion)" exercise
  • Exercise n. 9 - The "Tritone of Two" exercise
  • Exercise n. 10 - The "Tritone Two-Five" exercise
  • Exercise n. 11 - The "ii m7 b5 - V (alt) - i" exercise
  • Exercise n. 12 - The "ii m11 b5 - V (#9) - i" exercise
  • Exercise n. 13 - The "Moving ii - V with Arpeggios" exercise
  • Exercise n. 14 - The "Diatonic Passing Chord " exercise
  • Exercise n. 15 - The "Diminished Chord " exercise
 




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