Jazz Piano School, Ep 13: Playing Charts Part 1 – Harmonies

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Finally I talk about how to actually play charts. I know someone of you are like “FINALLY!”. In this episode I talk about reading chord changes, how to decipher how many beats per chord change and what slash chords are. There is a lot more to playing pieces, but this is the first place to start in which you will actually be able to hear the harmonies of the piece. I guarantee it will make you feel pretty good to be able to hear the tune!

Playing Charts KPI’s ( As my old corporate boss used to say. Key Point Indicators)

  • Look for the chord symbol, is it major or minor? Play and inversion of the chord.
  • Play the chord for either 4 beats or 2 beats.
  • RH plays chord, LH plays roots, ( bass notes).
  • Voicelead inversions

Sorry on the podcast I said it was a chord per bar! I made a mistake though, the first two chords are in the first measure, the last chord is in the second measure by itself.
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