as regards the evan's rootless system:

https://www.jeff-brent.com/lessons/rootless.html

since i can never remember which inversion is a and which is b, i just call them inversions 1 & 2 here.

you'll note that the minors and dominants both have either the third or the seventh as the bottom note.

the majors have either the third or the sixth in the bottom.

* * * * * * *

as regards "tension" vs "extension" semantics, i understood from the forum discussion that the berklee term "tension" referred only to upper structures (ie 9, 11, 13).

but now mike's saying that that 7ths are "tensions" too.

of course, the b7 in a dominant chord is a tension. that's the primordial definition of tension.

but the nat7 in the maj7 chord is not very "tense" (does not need to resolve), and the b7 in a m7 is the exact opposite of tense - it's one of the most laid back and relaxed notes around.

once again, the term "tension note" (as i understand it) means a note that is driven to resolve. calling notes "tension notes" when they have no need to resolve is confusing to both the learner and the  veteran.

the term "extensions" is not confusing as it does not tack any moral judgements onto the notes.

the other thing that strikes me as odd is that in all my years of playing with "heavy cats" i have never heard this term used until just the other day.

and who am i to disagree with berklee? those guys can delude themselves into believing the rule the world of jazz. but jazz existed long before them and will exist long after.
There are no comments, leave a comment.
Please sign in to post.

Jazz Piano Notebook Series
Scot Ranney's Jazz Piano Notebook, Volume 1 - jazz piano tricks of the trade

Volume 1 of this educational jazz piano book contains 15 jazz piano exercises, tricks, and other interesting jazz piano techniques, voicings, grooves, and ideas Scot Ranney enjoys playing.

buy pdf version - buy coil binding version - videos

Scot Ranney's Jazz Piano Notebook, Volume 2 - jazz piano tricks of the trade you can use today
"Latinesque"

Volume 2 has 14 jazz piano exercises and tricks of the trade, and quite a bit of it is Calypso jazz piano related material, including some Monty Alexander and Michel Camilo style grooves. Jazz piano education is through the ears, but books like this can help.

buy pdf version - buy coil binding version

Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Notebook - jazz piano tricks of the trade

Volume 3 contains 12 jazz piano exercises and explorations by the acclaimed jazz piano educator, pianist, author, and recording artist Tim Richards.

Tim wrote the well known "Exploring Jazz Piano" and "Improvising Blues Piano" books and has several others to his name.

buy pdf version - buy coil binding version

Jeff Brent's Jazz Piano Notebook - jazz piano tricks of the trade

Volume 4 is by Jeff Brent, a jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and author of "Modalogy" and other acclaimed jazz theory and education books. In this book Jeff shares detailed analysis of transcriptions of live performances. He covers everything from the shape of the songs to the tricks and licks he uses in improvised lines to the ideas behind his lush chord voicings.

buy pdf version - buy coil binding version

Most Recent Discussions
Volume 5 of Scot Ranney's "Jazz Piano Notebook Series" is up and running!
How to Develop Your Improvisation from Beginner to Advanced
Big Chief
How to Play Bossa Nova
Best Pianos for Beginners
How to Reharmonise a song
more...
Articles

Volume 5 of the "Jazz Piano Notebook Series" is Available!
LearnJazzPiano.com File Downloads News
One Hour of Relaxing Piano Music
Jeff Brent's Jazz Piano Notebook
Fundamentos Físicos del Sonido
Aprendiendo a tocar PIANO gratis con partitura
more...

Top Sheetmusic Picks

Jazzy Christmas Arrangements
Cocktail Piano
Best Songs Ever, 6th Edition
Christmas Medley
Moana Songbook
Late Night Jazz Piano

Jazz piano education is cool.

be the main character in your own story

Rock on. Follow your passion.

Sign In

privacy policyterms of serviceabout • 50,656 messages 63,069 accounts 54,049 logins
LearnJazzPiano.com Copyright © 1995-2019 by Scot Ranney • website software and design by scot's scripts
LearnJazzPiano.com is For Sale - Serious Inquiries Only