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Key: C Major Style: Jazz Focus: Style Tutorial Difficulty: Beginner
 


  Beginner Jazz in C Lesson 1  
Christopher Schlegel Tutorial 014 - Beginner Jazz in C (Page 1 of 10)
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Christopher Schlegel



Beginner Jazz in C Lesson 1


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This lesson tutorial series is on learning the basic ideas that make a "stereotypical" jazz piece in C Major. Please note that my use of the word "jazz" has more in common with old showtunes and swing standards (Gershwin, Berlin, Porter) than with fast jazz, be-bop or whatnot (Coltrane, Parker, Davis). With that in mind, let's learn it!

We will start my learning the basic chords that will make up the progression.

Throughout the piece I take great liberty with my rhythmic phrasing. It might not always exactly square with the score. But I always try to make sure I am "swinging"! That is there is always an implied 1/8th note triplet swing rhythm: 1, and, uh, 2, and , uh, 3, and, uh, 4 and, uh, and so on.

I encourage you to memorize the chords and then experiment likewise with the rhythms!

At first we will keep the chords very simple. Start with a C major in root position (C, E, G) with both hands. Next, play a C-sharp diminished (C-sharp, E, G). Notice that the only difference between these two is the C moves to a C- sharp.

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Christopher Schlegel Tutorial 014 - Beginner Jazz in C (Page 1 of 10)
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