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This is another ballad – very simple to play. In this I have used some alternative voicings often using ‘upper structures’. For piano harmony, they are useful to create two handed voicings with the Left hand playing the ‘functional’ notes of the chord, (the root, 3rd and 7th) and the Right hand adding the colour – with natural or altered 9ths, 11ths or 13ths. These Right hand notes added often turn out to be a triad of some sort. There are lots of possibilities using these – I have highlighted some of these as the video plays.
I will put it on my DVD, and the printable transcription can be bought for just $1.20. http://www.bushgrafts.com/jazz/DVDbuy…
The video, and midi file are free to download on my website at http://www.bushgrafts.com

Stephan Pareigis

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‘Let’s Fall In Love’ – Jazz piano Tutorial. To see the notation and comments clearly, watch it in HD mode.
Another great standard – this one by Harold Arlen. It begins as solo piano played freely, and then at an easy tempo with bass and drums (courtesy of that great program ‘Real Tracks’ from PG Music). I like the version by Dianna Krall live in Rio, which takes the song at an easy tempo.
This was played from a standard simple lead sheet (Sher Music’s ‘New Real Book – Volume 2’), but I altered a lot of the chords on the way! That simple I,vii,ii,V progression (in C – Cmaj7, Am7, Dm7, G7) can be altered in so many different ways!
The video is free to download on my website – http://www.bushgrafts.com
The printable transcription and backing track will be on my DVD, or can be bought for $1.20. Details are on my website

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“Peri’s Scope” (Bill Evans) – jazzpiano tutorial. Not sure who the Perry(?) is in this title pun. This was one of the first Bill Evans songs I learnt. A transcription was in the 4th volume (‘Contemporary Piano Styles’) of those really important early books by John Mehegan on jazz theory. Actually, I think that they are still available after nearly 50 years!
I have added a leadsheet so that those who might be interested can perhaps see the relationship between the original melody and the improvised version above it. It is a good song to play around with – melodically simple, stays fairly much in one key (the ‘peoples’ key’ of C!), yet invites lots of possible substitute harmonies.
The video and midi file can be uploaded from my website at http://www.bushgrafts.com and the printable transcription I will add to my DVD.

From JamCast

F | Ebm | Gm7 | C |
F | Abm7 | Gm7 | C |
F | F7 | Bb | Bbm |
F | D7 | Gm7 | C |
F | Ebm | Gm7 | C |
F | Abm7 | Gm7 | C |
F | F7 | Bb | Bbm |
F | Gm7 | F | Gm7 |
Dm7 | G | Gm7 | C …