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In this lesson we’ll continue learning how to play “block chord” voicings in the style of George Shearing. We will be working on minor voicings in the key of F, specifically with the tune “Lullaby of Birdland.” George Shearing often played this tune with these very voicings, so it is a great model from which to start!
It’s hard to be honest with ourselves. What do we know, and what do we NEED to know? What do we NOT know…we don’t know! Confusing…I know…but hopefully these 12 CRUCIAL ingredients to jazz piano success will allow you to have a clear picture of everything you need in order to become a successful jazz pianist. I shouldn’t say everything you need, but at least the most important things you need. Let’s just say…without these 12 ingredients, you will not be able to reach the level you’re hoping for. So with that being said…let’s start learning!
I get this question a lot, and that is… “Brenden, how do I integrate extensions into my voicings?” Well most of the time you’ll here upper structure triads brought up immediately. In this episode I would like to go a step further and teach you some easy strategies you can use to extract SPECIFIC colors from your voicings by integrating the extensions of your choice! Here we go!