Most people gravitate towards jazz because of the rich colors and sounds that come from the music.

We all want to be able to play those amazing sounding chords on the piano. How do we do it though?

I’ll tell you right now. Extensions. Extensions are the colors that allow you to spice up your playing and start to paint the music however you’d like.

Extensions are the beginning of the road to freedom in music. Just as a painter paints with his colors, a jazz musician paints with extensions.

Let’s get into it!

Bullet Points

1. Major 7th Chord beginner extensions – 9, #11, 13.

2. Dominant 7th chord beginner extensions – b9,9,#9, #11, b13, 13.

3. Minor 7th chord beginner extensions – 9, 11, 13.

4. Practice each extension over each type of chord through the circle of four.

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