June 30, 2020

Neighboring Tones, Pt. 2

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This Jazz Piano Lesson will help you Discover, Learn, Play Neighboring Tones. In this jazz piano lessons you will:

  1. Discover: Lower and Upper Neighboring Tones
  2. Learn: How to use Neighboring Tone as Harmonic Ornamentation 
  3. Play: Neighboring Tones from various Harmonic Entry Points

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All three Podcast Guides are designed to help you gain a functional command of Neighboring Tones. The Podcast Guides are invaluable educational tools to have at your side and finger-tips while studying and practicing JazzPianoSkills.

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  1. Five Musical Facts
    1. Music Lines (Melody) can only move in two directions: Up or Down
    2. Music Lines (Melody) use only two types of motion: Scales & Arpeggios
    3. Five Primary Sounds of Music
    4. 12 Notes
    5. 60 Chords
  2. Demo 1 (Warm-Up)
    1. C Minor Sound
      1. Target Notes = Root, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th
  3. Demo 2 (Root)
    1. Target Note = Root
      1. (LN = B outside ornamentation, UN = D inside ornamentation)
        1. Arpeggio/Scale Exit to the 5th
  4. Demo 3 (3rd)
    1. Target Note = 3rd
      1. (LN = D inside ornamentation, UN = F inside ornamentation)
        1. Arpeggio/Scale Exit to the 7th
  5. Demo 4 (5th)
    1. Target Note = 5th
      1. (LN = F# outside ornamentation, UN = A inside ornamentation)
        1. Arpeggio/Scale Exit to the 9th
  6. Demo 5 (7th)
    1. Target Note = 7th
      1. (LN = A inside ornamentation, UN = C inside ornamentation)
      2. Arpeggio/Scale Exit to the 11th
  7. Demo 6 (9th)
    1. Target Note = 9th
      1. (LN = C# outside ornamentation, UN = E outside ornamentation)
      2. Arpeggio and Scale Exit to the 13th

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