As we observed when using formulas to build major scales, the pitches in a major key have a mathematical relationship to each other. Each scale degree is a certain number of half steps away from another scale degree and we call this distance an interval. This relationship remains constant regardless of what pitch we base
The basis of harmony in Western music is the triadic chord, a three-note harmony performed to be heard simultaneously. While endless other chord tones, extensions and alterations can be incorporated into a triad, ultimately, their defining structure is the triad from which any more complex chord is derived. The two most common triads, major and
Putting the Altered Fifth Chords Together
Jazz Comping Lesson 5: Altered Fifths on the A String In a move that should be familiar by now, we will be using the altered fifth chords from the previous lessons, but using drop-2 voicings rooted on the A string. We will maintain the rhythm pattern from the previous lesson.
Rhythm in Improvisation Lesson 2 Developing good rhythmic control is an often overlooked element of improvisation. Scales, arpeggios and licks command the bulk of burgeoning improvisers attention, frequently leading them to hit a wall where they run out of ideas and feel stuck. Building a strong grasp of rhythmic choices expands our improvisational pallette and