The class were given an introduction to Gypsy Jazz as part of todays jazz style focus.
It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
– Download the chord voicing sheet: It Don’t Mean A Thing Chord Voicing Sheet.pdf
After our morning coffee break we learnt a simple jazz arrangement of ‘Amazing Grace’. This arrangement harmonises parts of the melody with jazz chords – maj7, min7, dom7, alt7, to give a mild jazz vibe to the piece.
Richard works with Michael on the jazz arrangement of Amazing Grace
The class get the lowdown on the Amazing Grace jazz arrangement
This mornings numero uno session began with the warm ups (physical/technical) and we worked particularly at the spider style chord exercises that is very good for for stretching fingers across the strings.
Spider Chord Exercises
– Download this sheet: The Spider Chord Exercises.pdf
We also covered a selection of jazz chords preparing us for our second session of the day.
C Major Chord Connections
– Download this sheet: C Major Chord Connections.pdf
These chords allowed us to harmonise the C Major scale and build a chord from each degree of the scale:
C Major7 D minor7 E minor7 F Major7 G Dom7 A minor7 B minor7b5