Target Notes Practice for Improvisation & Ear Training

One of the best ear training exercises you can do to learn jazz standards and improvisation is Target Notes. Imagine this melodic line over the progression: We could use our classification method to classify each note against their respective chord. But this would be a futile effort, since this line’s main purpose is to land on the b7 of the G7... Continue Reading →

Upper Structures over complete Jazz Standards Progressions

There are many ways to expand and develop a chord-voicings vocabulary. A standard approach is to stack simple structures (triads, quartals, dyads) on top of other simple ones, thus creating a richer color palette for your voicings. These structures are usually called Upper Structures. In the Upper Structures over complete Jazz Standards Progressions book collection... Continue Reading →

How to play chords using Upper Structure Triads. “An original approach by mDecks Music”

For a piano player, knowing how to voice chords is an essential skill, not only for comping (accompanying or laying the chord progression for others player to improvise over), but also to use those voicings as an improvisational aid. All piano players get many melodic ideas or lines from their voicings. Other instrumentalists also take... Continue Reading →

Audio-Sync in Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro 7.5

Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro 7.5 can now sync audio tracks with harmonic progressions. This new feature is great for developing a better understanding of tonal harmony while listening to real-life examples from the masters performed by great musicians.   Troubleshooting iTunes Tracks Some files are not allowed in Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro. These are DRM... Continue Reading →

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