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Jazz Piano Lessons: Practicing 9th Chords

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There's another way to practice these
ninth chords and that is to practice
them on the circle of fifths or
the cycle of fifths,
whichever one you wanna call it.
That's really basically,
it couldn't be simpler.
You just do like this.
There's a PDF of this.
And what it is of course is it starts
with C7, we're gonna make it C9.
Since C7 resolves to F,
then you just keep going around.
It starts on C9.
Then you'll have F9.
Then since F resolves
down a fifth to B flat,
we'll have B flat 9, then that resolves to
E flat 9, A flat 9, D flat 9, G flat 9.
And you just go around
the circle like that.
What I'd like to do here is I'm gonna
play two bars of each of these chords.
And I'm gonna play a real simple pattern.
One, and three, four.
One, and two, three, four.
So one, two, three, four,
one, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
Like this.
You'll hear it and we're gonna try to
put these back on the back of the beat
especially the one that's the off beat.
So one, [SOUND] one [SOUND].
Get them to stick a little bit.
And we're just gonna go around
the cycle of fifths and
play two bars of each one for now.
One, two, a one, two, three, four.
four, one, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
[SOUND] A flat 9.
[SOUND] D flat 9.
[SOUND] G flat 9.
back to C9
That's how I would start practicing these.
You might wanna make next make
a little two bar figure on it.
Because, as we're working on this, we're
not just working on finding the notes.
We're also dwelling in on
our time a little bit.
We're trying to figure out maybe
some figures that we like.
So this time, I'm gonna go, one two three,
four, one, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three,
four, one, two, three, four, one.
There's actually a weather
report tune on Mr.
Gone that has that pattern, I'm just
now remembering where I heard that.
So let's do that with the metronome,
and then we will move on.
One, two, one, two, three, four.
One, [SOUND]
[SOUND] B flat.
E flat.
A flat.
[SOUND] D flat.
[SOUND] G flat.
So as I came back
at the top of the cycle,
I played a little bit
of a different figure there.
That's a good way to practice these,
it sort of forces you to find them
without just climbing up
a chromatic scale like that.
And this is the way they resolve.
You'll notice that as I'm playing them,
I'm revoicing them,
because they want to go like this.
You keep going lower and lower and
pretty soon you're,
with your voicing down there.
So I've kind of found that just naturally,
when I hit the G flat,
I was starting to voice it up here.
Try to keep them somewhere between, maybe,
the C below middle C, and
the G above middle C.
Just because, again, when you get down
here, you're playing the third in
the voicing, and that starts to sound
a little too much like the root, and
that can produce some confusion
with the bass player.
So practice these like this.
Work, again, on swinging them,
getting them to sit right,
because as we do any exercise that we do,
I've tried to design them all so
that they're working several
aspects of our playing at once.
And one of the key aspects of this
exercise is working on our time,
getting things to sit on
the back of the beat.