The class were given an introduction to Gypsy Jazz as part of todays jazz style focus.
– 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.
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.
– 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.
– 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