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 →

How to play Piano Voicings using Upper Structures. Introduction

Here's the complete lesson in video format https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8NmmG08M-k   In this series we are going to talk about Piano Voicings, specifically voicings that use upper structures. It’s said that the average piano player spends 2 to 3 hours daily, searching for cool voicings over different chords and harmonic progressions. Finding new voicings, cataloguing, memorizing and... Continue Reading →

Introduction to using mCircle

This is an introduction to the free online software (javascript app) from mDecks: mCircle located at http://www.mdecks.com/graphs/mcircle.php mCircle was created by Ariel J Ramos using his Decoding the Circle of Vths (fifths) method to analyze and study musical structures and subsets using a graphical approach. In this introduction we will use mCircle to find the answer... Continue Reading →

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