Piano Chord Voicings


Jazz Piano Chord Voicings & More! 

All The Things You Are Revisited Yet Again!

Like We've been exposed to a few lessons using these first few measures of Jerome Kern's All The Things You Are
as a vehicle to illustrate how a pro piano stylist would approach playing chords to a standard song.

Jazz piano chord voicings
We presented how we can achieve some tasteful density in that melody by using the "right hand chord piano"
concept. In this lesson, we will use what we learned in that lesson to build on.
If you need that lesson again,
simply visit here.
Our result will be an effective piano chord technique made famous by piano legend
George Shearing.As a matter of fact, this master pianist/composer was so well noted for this
chord technique that it was named after him...

Here is what we came up with in that last lesson for those first four bars:

Right Hand Chord Piano Chords Voicings

Now, here's some really great news: having gotten this far, you're almost there!

Here is what we are going to do:

1) Play the example exactly as we have it above

2) Each time we have chord tones being played by that melody,
simply duplicate that melody by playing it one octave lower

Here is what this looks like:

Piano Chord Voicings Shearing Block Chords ProProach

We now have a five-part voicing! How do you play it? Well, you're already playing those top
four voices with your right... simply play the bottom melody note (the one you added) with
your left hand. Wahlaa! Easy as pie, right?

You're now playing one of the most popular piano chord techniques used by the pros over the
past several decades! These are Shearing block chords! It's true... once Shearing made this popular, virtually
every pianist wanted to incorporate into his or her style. Now it's your turn! This piano chord strategy is illustrated in
ProProach along with, of course, a video demonstration.

Playing chords in this fashion, at first, may seem a little challenging... BUT it won't be long before
you're loving it. This is one pro piano chord technique that you are going to be enthusiastic
about playing. Just think of the tunes that you can apply this gem to! There's no limit:

Misty by Erroll Garner
Over The Rainbow by Arlen & Harburg
When Sunny Gets Blue by Segal & Fisher
Fly Me To The Moon by Bart Howard
Skylark by Carmichael & Mercer

The list goes on and on!

I would like to acknowledge an important point here. If you are at a point in development where you feel that
playing these chord structures is rather challenging from a technical standpoint (or if you are not playing 7th chords yet),
have no worries! The concept of "right hand chord piano" can be made easier with this popular program,
in which only three chords are used (Cmaj, Fmaj, and Gmaj). You can always grow from that point. As a
matter of fact, if you have never played chords with the right hand, if I may, I would like to highly suggest that
you become involved with Right Hand Chord Piano Made Easy. It can really take the mystery of this piano chord approach.

Would you like to watch and hear the master George Shearing himself demonstrate his block chord technique or us?
Listen to Mr. Shearing "go to town" with this great chord technique as he plays a signature song of his, Lullaby of Birdland. Listen to
how he "floats like a butterfly" over those keys! By the way, you'll hear those block chords early in the performance, so watch and listen closely:


Keep in mind that you don't have to be playing through those block chords fast in order for them to sound sensational. As a
matter of fact, I would recommend that you begin applying them on those slow standard songs. Really immerse yourself with these
Shearing block chords. You see, as I emphasize in ProProach again and again, when you use a certain technique over and over again
(yes, OVERuse it!), you have it at your fingertips whenever you like. You may not want to use a certain piano chord voicing for an entire
chorus but when you know it like the back of your hand, you can "stick it in there" anytime you want, even if it's for a few beats or so...
YOU are the piano stylist and YOU decide! The more of the strategies you become familiar with, even just a little, the more confidence
you are going to have. When I think about this, I get excited for you because I know what you have to look forward to!

I hope you will consider joining me at those keys for the full 24 week program, since I had a lot of fun putting it together.
One thing is for certain: Long before you take yourself through the 24 weeks, you'll know for yourself that you're on to something different.
In short, you won't think or feel the same about piano chords again. After all, you'll be seeing them from the perspective of a pro : )

Before I conclude this writing in order to let you have some fun applying this lesson, I would like to introduce you to a little jewel that you might be interested in. It's a little collection of chord strategies that I put together which might serve as an "appetizer"... it will provide more of an incentive for you to take things further in your exploration of piano chord voicings. It's a little manuscript entitled Pro Piano Chord Secrets. It is available here.

Enrollment is just $99 as a special promotion. If you're new
at playing
jazz piano chords and would like to get a handle
on how a pro does it, this is the program for you.
If you take advantage of this offer today
you will not only lock in this super-low one-time enrollment
fee, but you'll be on your way to building confidence
in a manner you never thought possible!

I don't want to end this particular lesson without offering your this little nugget of advice:

Whatever you today, incorporate something new into your routine. Learn one new idea... take an idea you've learned and make
it your own by applying it to a song that you really enjoy playing. It doesn't matter if it's applying a new chord voicing to one
melody note or if it's learning a new voicing in a different key. The important thing is that you invite what is new to you.

As you explore your inner creative musical potential, please remember...





Dave Longo

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