April 7, 2020

Major Chromaticism, Pt. 1


This Jazz Piano Lesson will help you discover, learn, and play Major Chromaticism, Pt. 1, to develop jazz improvisation vocabulary. Be sure to Download the Podcast Guide for this podcast that musically notates 12 jazz improvisation motifs using four different motion patterns—an invaluable educational tool to reference while studying and practicing this iconic progression and voicings. Download the Podcast Guide.

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PODCAST LESSON OUTLINE

  1.  Chromatic Scale
    1. Fingering
      1. Google Search (plenty of good fingering charts)
        1. 1-3-1-3-1-2-3-1-3-1-3-1-2
    2. C Major 7
      1. Root to 3rd: 1-3-1-3-4
      2. 3rd to 5th: 3-1-2-3
      3. 5th to 7th: 1-3-1-3-4
  2. Ascending/Ascending Motion
    1. Pattern 1 (Demo 1)
      1. Chromaticism: Root up to minor 3rd
      2. Major Arpeggio: 3rd to Root (1st Inversion)
    2. Pattern 2 (Demo 2)
      1. Chromaticism: 3rd up to 5th
      2. Major Arpeggio: Root up to 5th (Root Position)
    3. Pattern 3 (Demo 3)
      1. Chromaticism: 5th up to minor 7th
      2. Major Arpeggio: Root up to 5th (Root Position)
  3. Ascending/Descending  Motion
    1. Pattern 1 (Demo 4)
      1. Chromaticism: Root up to minor 3rd
      2. Major Arpeggio: 3rd down to 5th (3rd Inversion)
    2. Pattern 2 (Demo 5)
      1. Chromaticism: 3rd up to 5th
      2. Major Arpeggio: 3rd down to 5th (2nd Inversion)
    3. Pattern 3 (Demo 6)
      1. Chromaticism: 5th up to minor 7th
      2. Major Arpeggio: 7th down to 3rd (Major Fragment)
  4. Descending/Descending  Motion
    1. Pattern 1 (Demo 7)
      1. Chromaticism: Root down to Sixth
      2. Major Arpeggio: 5th to Root (Root Position)
    2. Pattern 2 (Demo 8)
      1. Chromaticism: 3rd down to b2
      2. Major Arpeggio: Root to 3rd (1st inversion)
    3. Pattern 3 (Demo 9)
      1. Chromaticism: 5th down to Major 3rd
      2. Major Arpeggio: Root down to 3rd (1st Inversion)
  5. Descending/Ascending Motion
    1. Pattern 1 (Demo 10)
      1. Chromaticism: Root down to 6th
      2. Major Arpeggio: Root up to 5th (Root Position)
    2. Pattern 2 (Demo 11)
      1. Chromaticism: 3rd down to b2
      2. Major Arpeggio: Root up to 5th (Root Position)
    3. Pattern 3 (Demo 12)
      1. Chromaticism: 5th down to Major 3rd
      2. Major Arpeggio: 5th up to 3rd (2nd Inversion)

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Dr. Bob Lawrence
President, The Dallas School of Music
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