Are You Ready For Upper Structure Triads? Take this Quiz to find out.

For a piano player, knowing how to voice chords is an essential skill, not only forcomping (accompanying or laying the chord progression for others player toimprovise over), but also to use those voicings as an improvisational aid. Allpiano players get many melodic ideas or lines from their voicings. There are many ways of practicing and... Continue Reading →

How to Play Upper Structure Triads on Piano

How to play upper structure triads on the piano? 1. Find the correct chord/chord-scale pairing for the chord. 2. Classify your notes into inside note and outside notes. 3. Within the inside notes determine which is the root, the guide-tones, and the available tensions 4. Find triads that are all built with inside notes and contain at least one available tension 5. Play that triad on your right hand while playing the root on the two guide tones on your left hand

The Charlie Brown Christmas Album is a Masterpiece: Want to sound like Vince Guaraldi?

Vince Guaraldi plays one of the most beautiful jazz piano in the album: "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Here are three piano video lessons showing a few techniques he uses during his solos. https://youtu.be/GFqtAKGUOjo https://youtu.be/5ysbX-vj40U https://youtu.be/azkDLCWu0wg If you want to learn more about jazz piano check our website https://mdecks.com and subscribe to the mDecks Music Youtube... 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 →

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 →

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