Jazz Piano Chords

by Erik Thiede on December 20, 2014

Believe it or not, jazz piano chords are easy to master and enhance your chord repertoire. Whether you want to become the next jazz legend or simply sit in on a jam, you can learn what you need to hold your own.

Jazz owes its roots to the music of African American laborers in the South, particularly New Orleans. If you’ve been to New Orleans as many times as I have, you’ll discover that it’s as much a part of the city’s culture now as it ever was.

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You’ll also find that jazz is interpreted in a variety of ways. While jazz standards are well recognized and have been performed and repeated by countless musicians, jazz remains one of America’s improvisational genres. A song may be played differently each time it is performed depending on the musician’s mood, style, or even the venue. Imagine not having to remember exactly how you played a song the last time you played it!

To play jazz, it is important to know the types of jazz piano chords used in the music. Jazz usually goes beyond simple major and minor chords, so you will need to understand chords that add a note or two.

One common chord is the sixth. On a chord chart, this can be represented as C6 or Cadd6. The C6 chord is formed by simultaneously playing the notes C-E-G-A, the A being the sixth. A Cadd6 means you replace the fifth with the sixth, or C-E-A.

Another very popular chord in jazz music is the seventh. In musical notation, a seventh in the key of C appears as C7. To play a seventh, add the seventh note of the scale, lowered a half step. In this case, B flat. The notes of this chord are C-E-G-B flat.

Equally popular is the major seventh, notated Cmaj7 in the case of the C chord. This chord adds the seventh note of the scale to your chord. A Cmaj7 is played using the notes C-E-G-B. The major seventh may look similar to the seventh chord, but as you will hear when you play them, they are distinctly different.

You may be familiar with one of the most popular chord progressions, commonly referred to as 1-4-5. In the case of the key of C, that progression consists of the C, F and G chords. But that progression is not as common in jazz. Most often, you will find a 1-4-2-5 progression. In the key of C, that would be C, F, D, G. They may not be all major chords; the D, for example, could be a minor.

With a good amount of practice, you will learn jazz piano chords with ease. Remember, jazz isn’t “perfect.” Improvise, let loose, and have fun!

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Piano Humidifier – It can save your instrument!

by Tania Gleaves on December 19, 2014

It’s About the Wood

Pianos are generally made of wood and no wood is impervious to heat, damp, dryness, or temperature fluctuations. If you have any experience with caring for wood products at all, then you already know some of the work involved. Fortunately there’s a tool that makes caring for a wooden piano a little easier. It’s called a piano humidifier and it could save your piano if you play in a dry environment.

Piano Susceptibility

In a drying environment, wood has a tendency to crack, splinter, and even warp. Indoor heating is a big culprit of drying wood but it isn’t the only thing that can damage a piano. Fluctuating temperatures can damage wood as well. The extreme heat of the summer months or the chilling cold of the winter season prompts us to turn on indoor heat or air conditioning. While our bodies may adjust to sudden temperature changes just fine, pianos don’t, and they respond with damage.

A piano humidifier won’t help with fluctuating temperatures so you’ll need to exercise some of your own precaution here. For example, don’t store the piano near or under any air vents, fireplaces, kitchens, windows, or walls that connect to the outside environment. And keep the piano out of direct sunlight as well. Sunlight, i.e. radiation will not only ruin a piano’s finish, it can distort the piano’s sound. To understand why, you only need to think back to high school physics and remember sound waves and light waves. As a form of energy, light waves will alter sound waves.

Proper Moisture

Placed inside the piano, a humidifier attempts to circumvent the effects of a dry atmosphere and maintain proper moisture. It isn’t quite necessary in a room that’s already moisturized with a humidifier, but in an environment lacking one, it’s a necessity. The constant swelling and shrinking of a piano’s wood does nothing but contribute to its deterioration.

A humidity level 40 – 45 percent is all that’s needed to prevent damaging effects and a piano humidifier works by monitoring the moisture and temperature around the piano. You should be able to find one that can stand by itself or hang from one of a piano’s inside walls. They’re relatively small in size weighing little over 70 grams, and all of them run from a battery.

We’re usually pretty aware of how wood is affected by the weather and inside atmosphere, but when you think of how much is spent each year on wood products for furniture, it shouldn’t be too surprising to acknowledge the care we extend to wooden pianos. Proper care opens opportunities for flawless tunes and the ability to focus on the music – not the maintenance.

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