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Jazz Piano Introduction – Five Chord Qualities

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The Five Chord Qualities
From the previous exercises (scale tone sevenths) we can see that there are four naturally occurring “chord qualities” within a major scale. These are:
  • Major 7th
  • Dominant 7th
  • Minor 7th
  • Half-diminished (often called “minor 7, b5)
In addition there is another chord quality which does not occur naturally:
Diminished 7th - made up of 3 sets of minor 3rds (1,b3,b5, double b7 (or 6))
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Note! These 5 chord qualities can be build upon any degree of the scale

Practise the exercise below to become thoroughly familiar with each chord quality in both hands. 
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Practise the five chord qualities in all twelve keys.


James Treweek

James Treweek

James trained classically in Piano & Clarinet and studied Jazz at University. He has worked as an MD & pianist at Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Jazz club Dean Street, The Hippodrome, Leicester Sq Theatre, London Palladium, & was MD for the “Rat Pack” band for David Beckham (with Elton John as support!)