Advanced Jazz Roadmap & Syllabus

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Advanced Jazz Roadmap & Syllabus

The Advanced Courses on PianoGroove have a strong focus on improvisation. After studying the previous courses you should be able to read and interpret lead sheets and find suitable ways to interpret the melody and voice the chords and progressions in any tune.The first course in the Advanced Syllabus gives you guidance and insight for creating improvised solos, endings & turnarounds using the 1625 progression:


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Course 1: Intros Endings & Turnarounds
If you are new to improvisation, this is a nice place to start. We start by discussing the theory behind the 1625 progression 5 and how to construct it numerically, in any key. We also explore an extended version of the 1625 which can be used to create lengthier introductions.
Course 2: Advanced Improvisation Concepts
For this course, Tuomo has removed ‘style’ from teaching, ie. you are not simply copying his style of playing. Instead, he outlines a specific process to help you find and develop your own sound when improvising. An exciting concept for students looking to develop their improvisation skills.
Course 3: Walking Bass & Bluesy Tunes
This course starts with a study of the major blues scales 1 and a blues-inspired arrangement of “Georgia On My Mind 1”. If you’re looking for a bluesy jazz piano arrangement… this is a great number!
Course 4: How To Play In A Jazz Band
Welcome to this course on “How To Play With Other Jazz Musicians”. These lessons will prepare you for playing in a jazz band so that you know what to expect, and also what is expected of you.
Course 5: Improvisation & Soloing Jazz Standard Studies
This course contains a number of in-depth studies on improvisation over jazz standards. All of the concepts we cover are applicable to any jazz standard you are learning so the tips and concepts can be immediately transferable to any tune you want to improvise over.
Course 6: Block Chords & Drop 2 Harmony
This jazz voicings course covers an advanced selection of block chords.The ‘Four Way Close’ 1 is a distinctive style of chord where the voicing is built in closed position, directly below the melody. Block Chord Voicings are generally played in rhythmic unison with the right hand and work particularly well for stepwise melody lines.
Course 7: Diminished Harmony
Here we explore the construction of the diminished chord 1 and it’s related dominant 7th chords.The course then covers a selection of jazz standards containing diminished harmony where we can apply the theory and conepts: