If you're taking a harmony course, you've certainly come across the concept of secondary dominants and endless exercises, where you're given a piece of sheet music in which you have to label all the secondary dominants. Well, today I'm going to give you a simple trick to spot and label secondary dominants. We won't get... Continue Reading →
Let me show how to analyze the jazz standard Recorda-Me. You can find the final analysis, along with 1300+ other jazz standards fully analyzed in The Jazz Standards Progressions Book by mDecks Music I'll show you the process we go through when we create an analysis of a jazz standard. https://youtu.be/1-1rfLAufvI The harmonic progression in... Continue Reading →
How did Beethoven write the opening for this first symphony in C major? Learn Beethoven's harmony and how tonality works.
In this new series we will explore the Harmony and Voicings of Pat Metheny applied to the piano. These are intermediate to advanced piano lessons. So, join us and learn more about the harmonic techniques used by Metheny. One of the most iconic guitar player and composer of our time. https://youtu.be/pZ364c7cdN8 We are back with... Continue Reading →
Here's a step by step tutorial on how to create a chart in Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro 8 on an iPad Pro using "Alone Together". We go chord by chord showing the features in the app and at the same time explain jazz harmony and how to view jazz chords as harmonic functions. https://youtu.be/WVPyQhVl6bM You... Continue Reading →
If you want to adapt popular music to jazz, the best approach is to think of the harmonic functions (rather than just the chords) and then use techniques of tonal harmony. In the following video we show how to turn a very basic piano version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" into a jazz... Continue Reading →