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 →

Two amazing Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro ADD-ONS

Starting on version 7.8.8, Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro macOS now offers two incredible and unprecedented add-ons: Upper Structures  & Target Notes     These are two powerful features to study and practice tonal harmony. View Mapping Tonal Harmony’s webpage The new add-ones are also available in Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro for iOS (iPhone & iPad) View it... 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 →

Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro 7 for iOS iPad & iPhone (Manual)

What's new in version 7.8.8 (soon to be available)The new version 7.8.8 (already waiting for review on the App Store) will offer four AMAZING ADD-ONS:1000+ Jazz Standard ProgressionsBird Bebop ProgressionsUpper StructuresTarget NotesNow you can import progressions with hand-made full analyses created specifically for Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro. There are two add-ons with progressions: The 1000+ Jazz Standards... Continue Reading →

The Bird Bebop Progressions Book in PDF format

After The Jazz Standard Progressions Book series was published it was only natural to take a closer look at the harmonic vocabulary used in Bebop repertoire.   In the mid-1940s Bebop musicians revolutionized jazz with the use of complex harmonies, thrilling fast tempos and virtuosic instrumental technique. Charlie Parker, also known as “Bird”, would become... Continue Reading →

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