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Create and Motivate: Developing seventh-chord fluency

The ability to recognize and play chords without hesitation benefits all pianists. For improvisers, chord fluency enables practical skills such as learning tunes by ear, transforming lead sheets to arrangements, jamming with others, and creating one's own part in bands. For those who prefer to play written music, facility with chords improves learn...
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Seventh heaven and beyond

from the series: ​It's Got That Swing: Jazz & Pop Phillip Keveren, Editor The seventh chord serves Western music well in its "dominant" role. What would the "Hallelujah Chorus" be without it? No self-respecting symphony could find its way home without the harmonic tension and release of the dominant-tonic relationship. However, the possibi...
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