*Student's jazz page


This page is for older students who want to learn the theory of how jazz chords are made.  But MOST of you probably just want music that shows all of the chords.  If this is your case, then you should SKIP THIS PAGE and go to my pages "Note sheets for jazz chords" and "More jazz chords."  At the bottom of each page you will find music for all of the chords, and you can print out the music by just clicking on it!  

This is a page where jazz piano students can listen and practice their jazz playing to recordings.   I have the music to play along with, and the chart for "F blues", "Our love is here to stay", and "Heard it through the grapevine" is below.  I STRONGLY suggest that you start with F blues because it is the easiest, with only 3 different chords through the whole song.  For the music to play along with, click the mp3 player below.   For the music chords, click download or view to see the chart.  Also, I sing and play along with "Our love is here to stay" on "David's performance page" if you want to hear the full version.

On this page you will learn how to play three different 7th chords.  Dominant 7ths, Major 7ths and Minor 7ths.

To find out the sharps and flats in every chord go to my page "Circle of 5ths scale sheet".
             
                         *ALL OF THESE CHORDS ARE PLAYED WITH YOUR LEFT HAND*
                 
              The numbers below pertain to notes in the scale of each chord.   For example, if you want to figure out a C7 jazz  chord and you want to play the 3,7,9 version, that means  you would play the 3rd note of the C scale(E), the 7th note of the scale(B), and the 9th note(D, which is actually the 2nd note up an octave).  REMEMBER, the 9th is just the second note of the scale up an octave.  In a 7th chord(like C7) THE 7th IS ALWAYS FLATTED (or moved down 1/2 a step) so when you are playing the C7 3,7,9 chord, you would just play the 3(E), FLATTED 7(Bb), and 9(D).   If you want to play the C7 7,3,6  chord, you would play the flatted 7th note of the scale(Bb), the 3rd(E), and the 6th(A).                                                                                                                                      
*If you don't understand this, or if you just want to quickly read these chords,  you should go to the pages "note sheets for jazz chords" and "more jazz chords" and print out the reference sheets at the bottom of each page.                                                                                  
             
Say you want to play G7 in the 7,3,6 version.  Since the 7th is always flatted in a 7th chord you would play F natural since F is really F# in the G scale.  So you would play the 7th(F natural), the 3rd(B), and the 6th(E).  In the 3,7,9 version you would play the 3rd(B), 7th(F), and 9th(or second)A.   
                 
                 Once again, all of these chords will be played with the left hand.
                  When you look below, you see you have 2 choices of how to play each chord.  
                  I am building these chords from the low note to the highest note.  For example, in 3,7,9, the 3 is the bottom note, 9 is the top.
                  The bottom number of each chord(3 or 7) is played with your left pinky.
                  The top number (9,6, or 5) is played with your left thumb.
                  The middle number(s) are played with middle fingers.
                  Right hand can play octaves of the name of the chord. 
                 
*The music for all these chords are on my "Note sheets for jazz chords" page.




                                                                          
*The music for all these chords are on my "Note sheets for jazz chords" page.



Here are chord charts for the blues in two different keys.  This is a good way to begin practicing your jazz chords since there are only 3 different chords in each chart.  Press the play button to play along with each chart!

F blues













Bb blues








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