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Jazz Piano – Introduction – Scale Tone Sevenths
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Scale Tone Chords (Sevenths)
Vertical and Horizontal Harmony
Jazz harmony is based upon the diatonic major scale.
Diatonic harmony moves in two direction: Horizontal and Vertical.
In Fig 9 we think of (and hear!) each chord as it’s position in the scale (eg II V I) - horizontally
Scale Tone Sevenths:
By combining horizontal & vertical harmony we arrive at the basic harmonic sound used in Jazz -Scale Tone Sevenths
A 7th is built of a root (1), 3rd, 5th and 7th.
The ideal register for the lower notes of these chords in the left hand is:
Practise building scale tone sevenths in all twelve keys.