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Music Theory and Notation Tutorial

Jazz Theory Explained

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Building Blocks

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    Tutorial 1

    The Language of Jazz

    3:27

    Introduction and overview of the general topics that will be covered in this video series.

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    Tutorial 2

    Chord Functions and Voicings

    6:25

    Four note chords built on diatonic scale steps have the same qualities, or functions, regardless of the key they are in. Learn about the chord functions built on the diatonic notes of a major scale.

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    Tutorial 3

    Extensions

    6:51

    Explore which chord tones can be added onto which specific chord qualities as a means of adding color and spice to enhance basic diatonic harmony.

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    Tutorial 4

    Guide Tones

    11:03

    Learn a simple three note voicing using guide tones and step wise movement that works throughout the cycle of fourths with ii V l chord patterns.

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    Tutorial 5

    The Blues

    10:01

    Discover how the simple three-chord blues progression is enhanced using ii-V-l chord progressions and altered dominant chords.

Chords and Voicings

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    Tutorial 6

    System A and System B Voicings

    7:46

    Discover how to add color notes to guide tones and create rich sounding three note right hand chord voicings.

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    Tutorial 7

    Four Note Rootless Voicings

    10:22

    See how to expand the System A and System B voicings to a full four notes. By omitting the root and leaving it for the bass player, you can use two hands to enter these four note chords if necessary.

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    Tutorial 8

    Walking Bass Lines

    10:28

    Learn how to construct bass lines that support the underlying harmony when rootless voicings are being used.

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    Tutorial 9

    It Don't Mean a Thing...

    12:20

    Explore the way various parts of the drum kit in are used, in straight ahead jazz style, to keep time as well as propel the soloist forward.

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    Tutorial 10

    Comping Rhythms

    9:05

    Discover ways of comping, providing harmonic accompaniment on top of a walking bass line and drums, and how different rhythms and voicings are used to vary the texture and feel at different tempos.

Scales, Licks and Motifs

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    Tutorial 11

    Three to Nine

    7:19

    Learn the beginning ABCs of improvisation by practicing these exercises outlining three to nine arpeggios, four beats and two beats each, in all twelve keys.

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    Tutorial 12

    Pivot Exercises

    9:37

    Discover ways to give arpeggiated lines more varied shape by dropping the fifth degree of the chord down by an octave.

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    Tutorial 13

    Major Scale Harmony

    11:04

    Explore the various modes derived from each degree of the major scale, and what chord qualities they are used over.

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    Tutorial 14

    Melodic Minor Scale Harmony

    11:32

    Study the evolution and uses of the various minor scales, and the various modes derived from the Jazz Minor version.

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    Tutorial 15

    Mixolydian Altered Exercises

    10:43

    Learn how to use altered notes in the mixolydian scale and to begin and end on different scale degrees to ensure that chord tones land on string beats.

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    Tutorial 16

    Jazz Scales

    9:44

    Discover other commonly used jazz scales, and the type of chords and tonalities they are used over.

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    Tutorial 17

    Neighboring Tones

    10:33

    Explore how upper and lower neighboring tones are used as ornaments around chord tones.

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    Tutorial 18

    ii-V-l Licks

    7:30

    See some of the concepts we have been discussing in use in melodic lines; including mixolydian altered, upper and lower neighbors, and three to nine arpeggios.

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    Tutorial 19

    More Major ii-V-l Lines

    9:51

    More examples of how to construct melodic lines using previously discussed scales and devices.

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    Tutorial 20

    Minor ii-V-I Lines

    7:27

    See and hear some real world examples of minor ii-V cadences that are two beats each, and a full bar each; using the locrian, altered (super locrian), and harmonic minor of destination scales.

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    Tutorial 21

    Whole Tone Scale Patterns

    7:49

    Explore the use of patterns over the symmetrical whole tone scale, and how they differ from playing melodic 'lines'.

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    Tutorial 22

    Diminished Scale Patterns

    7:56

    Another 'symmetrical scale', the diminished scale lends itself to patterns that work nicely over diminished chords as well as related altered dominant chords.

Modal Approaches and Concepts

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    Tutorial 23

    Pentatonic Equivalences

    7:12

    Explore the use of pentatonic scales over various chord qualities and how the same pentatonic can be used over multiple underlying harmonies.

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    Tutorial 24

    Pentatonic Patterns

    13:34

    Take a wild ride using various pentatonic scales over related and unrelated chords, slide slipping along the way from the simple to the complex!

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    Tutorial 25

    The Kumoi Scale in Action

    8:39

    Discover how to create Kumoi patterns and string them together on top of several different underlying chords.

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    Tutorial 26

    Pentatonic, Dorian and Kumoi Voicings

    8:15

    Explore how spreading out the notes derived from the Pentatonic, Dorian, and Kumoi scales can create modern open sounding chord voicings.

Chord Substitutions

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    Tutorial 27

    Drop 2 Voicings

    4:59

    Learn how to create wider more open chord voicings by dropping the second voice down an octave.

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    Tutorial 28

    Tritone Substitutions

    11:11

    Discover ways of re-harmonizing standard chord progressions by replacing chords with alternates built on the root a tritone away.

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    Tutorial 29

    Chord Subs and Reharmonizations

    9:22

    Explore some of the tried and true devices and techniques used by jazz musicians over the decades to spice up ordinary sounding chord progressions and make them more interesting to improvise over.

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    Tutorial 30

    Blues and I Got Rhythm Chord Subs

    12:05

    Learn how some of the chord substitution techniques we have discussed are used over the most often used common chord progressions.

Putting It All Together

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    Tutorial 31

    Standard Endings

    6:49

    Learn some of the time honored conventions used to end jazz tunes.

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    Tutorial 32

    Necessary System

    3:44

    Discover an easy and simple system of voicings designed specifically for non piano players to be able to get through the outline of a tune and hear the chord changes and melody at the same time.

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    Tutorial 33

    Overview and Bass Part

    4:35

    Watch as I take an original composition and use a lead sheet to construct an arrangement for small ensemble. Here well analyze the chords and lay down the primary bass part.

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    Tutorial 34

    Melody and Drums

    10:31

    Watch as the melody is recorded and doubled, and how the drums and piano are played to support the natural accents of the melody.

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    Tutorial 35

    Piano Solo

    10:32

    Watch as the left and right hand parts are conceptualized and recorded separately for this up tempo piano solo.

Presented by music theory master Eli Krantzberg, this collection of video tutorials focuses on all that is Jazz.

This information in this series is the "tried and true" jazz theory and methods taught in music schools and colleges around the world. The series was developed for beginners who want to get into Jazz music, and learn the necessary basics, as well as more advanced topics about this long standing art form.

First you'll be shown jazz theory basics such as how jazz chords and chord progressions are derived, and the foundation for constructing chord voicings. Then, Eli explores useful systems of chord voicings, and how to play and integrate them with bass and drums. Next, you'll see how to develop melodic sensibilities and approaches for improvising over standard chord progressions using the appropriate scales and motivic devices. Scales, licks and modes are then covered as well as modes and chord substitutions. Finally, Eli wraps it all up with a real world musical collaboration with jazz guitarist Doug Zangar.

If you're ready to get jazzed, get Jazz Theory Explained today.

Janka
Submitted Today

Lots of useful info

As usual Eli does a great job. Looking forward to practice using some of the demonstrated concepts.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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musicmanboy
Submitted 1 week ago

fanatastic !

right to the point - he focuses on the key, core principles to get you playing right away.

I am a: Musician

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John
Submitted 4 months ago

This is a great course for learning jazz

this course covers many of the basic principals of jazz and is a fantastic way into the genre

I am a: Hobbyist

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Chas
Submitted 5 months ago

Clear, concise, articulate...

In addition to my composing interests, I do a LOT of voiceover work (been in the entertainment business for 40+ years - film and television acting) so I know good work from bad work. This series is well produced and the narrator/tutor did a fine job...

I am a: Professional

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erhanakd
Submitted 5 months ago

Awesome!

I am not a beginner and I am a guitarist. He explains all the key concepts as a guitarist will understand and apply too.

I am a: Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Jazz Theory Explained is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Lots of useful info As usual Eli does a great job. Looking forward to practice using some of the demonstrated concepts.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from fanatastic ! right to the point - he focuses on the key, core principles to get you playing right away.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is a great course for learning jazz this course covers many of the basic principals of jazz and is a fantastic way into the genre
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear, concise, articulate... In addition to my composing interests, I do a LOT of voiceover work (been in the entertainment business for 40+ years - film and television acting) so I know good work from bad work. This series is well produced and the narrator/tutor did a fine job...
Date published: 2016-10-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome! I am not a beginner and I am a guitarist. He explains all the key concepts as a guitarist will understand and apply too.
Date published: 2016-10-10