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SMOOTH CHORD PROGRESSION LESSON (Jazz Piano Tutorial)

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(piano music) – [Julian] How’s it going guys? Julian Bradley here
from TheMusicalEar.com. In today’s video I’m gonna share with you my chord progression of the week. I’m gonna start by playing
the original version, and then I’m going to share a couple of other variations, which you can do on the same chord progression. So here is the original version. (piano music) So the chords start on C-minor-Seven, and I’m using an interesting voicing. It’s called an open voicing, where you skip every other note. So you play C, you skip the Third, play G, skip the root, play E-Flat, skip G, and play B-Flat. This is a nice open voicing. It sounds very clean when you play it. And then what we’re going to do is just take the bottom Fifth, and we’re going to slide
it down a half-step to B and F-Sharp. That is a B-major-Seven. So it goes C-minor-Seven, B-major-Seven. And then you’re gonna take
both hands down and reset. Play B-Flat and F, and D-Flat
and A-Flat in the right. Which chord is this? That’s right, it’s a
B-Flat-minor-Seven chord. And then we’re going
to do the same pattern. We’re just gonna slide the left hand down a half-step. And which chord do we end up playing here? Well this is an A-major-Seven chord. Root and Fifth in the left, C-Sharp, the major Third, and
G-Sharp, the major Seventh. So those first four chords. C-minor-Seven, B-major-Seven, B-Flat-minor-Seven,
going to A-major-Seven. And then here’s the nice part. You play a C-Sharp-minor-Nine chord. This is how I’m voicing it, but you can voice it any way you like. We could voice it just
simply with the same voicing. Root, Fifth, Third, Seventh. Or you could switch these
the other way around and play Seventh, Third,
that would be nice. So … (piano music) You could just play that. However, I’m adding the
Ninth and the Fifth. And this is one of the most
common voicings I will play for a minor Nine chord,
or a minor Seven chord. This is C-Sharp-minor-Nine. (piano music) Okay, so here’s the first variation on this chord progression. First three chords are
going to stay the same. C-minor-Seven, B-major-Seven,
B-Flat-minor-Seven, but then instead of playing A-major-Seven, we can change this to an A-dominant-Seven. However, if we just play
the literal chord voicing it doesn’t sound great. So really, we’re going to revoice it, and play this voicing, which
has G, the minor-Seventh, B the Ninth, C-Sharp the major Third, and F-Sharp the 13th. And then this chord resolves really nicely to the same C-Sharp-minor-Nine chord. And I’m going to voice it like this. I’m just going to play
an E-major-Seven chord in my right hand, with
C-Sharp on the bass. And that’s a simple way to think of a C-Sharp-minor-Nine chord. Just C-Sharp and then
build a major-Seven chord from the minor-Third. So here’s how that chord
progression sounds. (piano music) Okay, and for the final variation, I’m going to apply the
Kenny Barron 11th voicing to each of these chords. The Kenny Barron 11th voicing
is root, Fifth, and Ninth in the left hand, or just
build a stack of Fifths. And then in the right hand, you build a stack of
Fifths from the Third. So if it’s a minor chord, then
you build a stack of Fifths from E-Flat, the minor-Third. Which would give you
B-Flat, the minor-Seventh, and F, the 11th. And that’s a really nice
voicing for a C-minor-11. Or, if the chord was C-major-Seven, then you would do the same left hand, but you would build a stack of Fifths from the major-Third, which would give you B, the major-Seventh, and F-Sharp, the Sharp-Four. So, we’re going to
apply these two voicings to the same chord progression. Every time there’s a minor chord we’ll play the minor version, and every time there’s a major chord, we’ll play the major version. First chord is C-minor-Seven. Start with this. Now, the next chord is B-major-Seven, and we’re just going
to slide the left hand down by a half-step. And the right hand stays in place. And when the right hand stays in place, well you end up playing
the major voicing anyway, because this is just a stack of Fifths built from the major-Third. And then we’re going to
reset for the B-Flat chord. B-Flat-minor-Seven, how
are we going to voice it? That’s right, stack of
Fifths in the left hand. B-Flat, F, and C. And then a stack of
Fifths in the right hand from the minor-Third of
B-Flat, which is D-Flat. That gives you this. And then we’re going to do
the same trick one more time. Just move the left hand
down by a half-step. And the right hand stays in place. So, that’s the first four chords. (piano music) And then for the final chord
we have C-Sharp-minor-Seven. Stack of Fifths in the left hand, and stack of Fifths in the
right hand from the minor-Third. Or you could voice it up here, if it sounds a bit muddy
down there for you. So, that’s the final variation. Here’s how it sounds. (piano music) So, thank you very much for watching. I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, I would really
appreciate a thumbs up. Or if you could share
this video with a friend. And, if this is the first
video of mine you’ve seen, make sure you don’t miss
out on future videos by subscribing to my channel. Now I’ve actually notated the sheet music to all three variations
on this chord progression. You can download that for
free at the link below. And, I’m even including
five more chord progressions in a very similar style, and I’ll put them all
together into one PDF. You can download it, print it out, and then play all of
the chord progressions plus variations at the piano. So, just click on the link below. Download the sheet music. That’s it from me, and I’ll see you again in a new video soon.

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76 thoughts on “SMOOTH CHORD PROGRESSION LESSON (Jazz Piano Tutorial)”

  1. Isaias says:

    Sounds perfect!

  2. Dylan Diaz says:

    Man this is SO good. PLEASE make an album of some kind using the techniques from your videos, I would buy it in an instant

  3. BOGA says:

    great great

  4. Stephen says:

    The original progression here was from my favourite video you did, and one of my favourite progressions – thanks to you! Cheers for the update and cool voicing – sounds great!!!

  5. músicos Cínicos 鯉 says:

    i love it!

  6. savtug ceylan says:

    This is so great !! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Nipun Banerjee says:

    Awesome <3

  8. kelvin mwangi Kevpiano says:

    Always awesome… I love all your videos..I actually hit a like before I watch 'em lol…Handy tools in my package.

  9. Yvan Tiger says:

    Your videos help me so much in my playing. Thank you sooooooo much

  10. Devin Min says:

    Your videos really help theory – lacking guitar players like me
    I appreciate you sharing these ideas

  11. Mike Finch says:

    Wow, those Kenny Barron voicings are such an inspiration, thanks Julian for your calm and relaxed tutorials.
    Right, fire up the system and get to work…. 😎👍

  12. Reece Denton says:

    Haven't you already done this EXACT chord progression in another video??? I don't mean any disrespect or anything, but I play this chord progression all the time because I had learnt it from a past video of yours.

  13. James says:

    Awesome video as always, thanks a lot for sweet sweet sweet chord progressions

  14. Mason says:

    Love this progression so much

  15. Malte M. says:

    I appreciate most your first variation, thank you so much for this very nice chord progression

  16. Frank Deruyck says:

    lovely!

  17. Jovianne Tabraham says:

    OO das a nice progression

  18. Samuel Wilson says:

    this feels clickbaity

  19. Bbario says:

    These chords sound so cool together, but I don't understand how to analyze the progression… What's the function of each cord in respect to the others? Could you help me to figure it out? Anyway, I'm really digging this idea of chord progression plus variation. I'm gonna check out for more! Thanks

  20. davey boy says:

    thanks for sharing this video with us will practice this video as i love jazz
    db

  21. Jonathan smith says:

    lovely chord progression! can you help me understand why that A7 resolves to C# please 🙂

  22. Ronnie Magee says:

    Nice Video!.. great job very helpful those voicing are rich and full i really like those chords substitutions it changes the whole vibe …thx

  23. Ticho Ooms says:

    Why do you call it an A7 if it actually contains the 9 and the 13? Wouldn't that be an Amaj7add9/13 or something like that? That's a bit confusing to me. If I'd see an A7, I'd play an A7 without the other notes, just the ones described.

  24. Marion Davidson says:

    Really liked the second variation. Very Cool. Still learning …… probably for ever!

  25. Lindsay Mac says:

    Always something extra to learn, always out there taking it all in and occasionally manage to use your tutorials.
    Thanks Julian.

  26. Hyperbole Master Kerry says:

    Thank you so much for these lessons and your website. I have just subscribed and you sent me three of the four videos in your ear training course. It is a heck of a lot of material to absorb and I am going to be watching and re-watching many times.

    As to your question, I think the first variation might be my favorite, But both of them are great.

    My question is what instrument are you playing in these videos? I would like to buy one. What is the approximate cost and does Amazon sell it? If not, where do you buy one?

  27. WELTMEISTER BAYERNMÜNCHEN says:

    GREAT!

  28. Hyperbole Master Kerry says:

    Thank you, Julian, for noticing and responding to that question. After I wrote it, I explored your channel and found the answer on your video explaining how you create the videos there. It also answered the question I had not asked, but was wondering, if you had a camera in the ceiling. You explained that you had some kind of tripod with the camera pointing down.

    By the way, I just looked on Amazon and the 800 model is around $1800.

    Today was lesson one for me and when you say do not use your instrument when you are thinking of the answers, is a little confusing, because how else do you determine if your answer was correct?

  29. mooogg says:

    Your videos are always awesome,thank you for sharing!

  30. Terry Killeen says:

    Love it -and thanks for the sheet music

  31. Val Sigal says:

    What is practical use of this progression?

  32. chusss Music says:

    Great lesson, lovely sounds.. Thank you for this. My channel has a variety of backing tracks for improvisation lovers or those who like to practice improvisation, all instrumentalists are welcome.

  33. IronPump89 says:

    I play guitar, not piano but this is very helpful. I like that you explain the intervals
    It sounds like airport lounge music 🙂

  34. Antonio Caccioppoli says:

    hello I am enrolled in your courses, do not understand English, how can I do it? Can you help me?

  35. James Friedman says:

    Thanks Julian, love the 3rd version with open stacked 5ths ala Kenny Barron. The minor 11th ends the chordal movement very soulfully!

  36. Phil Lawn says:

    Thank you for such easy explanations! So hard to find good tutorials!

  37. Toasty Toast says:

    This is a perfect way to learn ready-to-use jazz at my level. I lose these videos.

  38. Є.Э Page.Official says:

    sigues con tus proyectos musicales ,son exelentes saludos !

  39. Sebastian Fingal says:

    Can someone recommend bands that sounds like this?

  40. HOUR:N9NE says:

    Hey Julian I know you probably have a video on it already, but are inversions not necessary after all? I notice in this you aren’t mentioning such. In terms of voice leading. Or in terms im used to

  41. Pierre Godin says:

    Thank you.

  42. rouby44 says:

    What makes the A7 resolve so well to the C#m9?

    I can't figure it out, because it's not the dominant of C#m9 or a tritone sub for the dominant or anything obvious like that.

  43. Laura Zúñiga says:

    I won't be able to do the final variation in a million years… I'm 1.60mts tall and my hands barely reach the 9th😭😂😂

  44. Graffik says:

    Excellent videos and nicely paced / explained. I will put this to good use. I play a variety of instruments albeit at an amaturish level, bar the drums but this has brought me back to the piano. Good stuff keep it up! I will try my best to play the hook in my mind from now on rather than sample.

  45. SANDRO POLETTI says:

    hi guys, i'm looking for piano sheet chords of OUT OF SEASON about SOFT MACHINE can you help me please?

  46. Steven Shoemaker says:

    Reminds me of Beautiful Lie from danganronpa V3.

  47. nuvles says:

    Whats the key

  48. omarito 04 says:

    Wow you just helped me a lot!!

  49. Matt Duncan says:

    hook us up those midi's brother

  50. Spökjakt Movies says:

    veri noice vidio. plens sibscrub to mey chenl

  51. Emmanuel Thompson says:

    What's the theory behind the chord progression ?

  52. Ramwill Farias says:

    nice video bro, i have a question I dont undertand why the A7 resolved to the C#m can you explain me please , in undertand the tritone sustituioned but i dont know how a i can justfy

  53. Amir Fareed says:

    I wanted you to know I have never had a piano lesson and taught myself how to read music and write it. I now watch your videos and find them extremely helpful. Here is a song I wrote entitled "KHALEEFA" which will be on my new CD based on this chord progression. Thanks for teaching! https://soundcloud.com/user-311832583/khaleefa

  54. James Rhile says:

    I have an alternate form that ends in E minor:

    B7(5b)
    Bbm7
    Am7
    (Opt. G#m7)
    Gm7
    Em9

  55. Desmond Tresfaye says:

    I love how these progressions are put into RnB tracks. It's not repetitive like pop

  56. Martins Family says:

    My hands are too small… I think I'll have to mix the chords in other ways

  57. SPC Snes Music Mashups says:

    beautiful!

  58. NNA1U3 says:

    7:08 such a sexy chord

  59. jack sparow says:

    Do = ?????

  60. Marcu Bâle says:

    I'm the only one that thinks that A7 is not resolvable to c#min9 ?

  61. Bill Starzynski says:

    Absolutely terrific!

  62. Srikanth Chundayil says:

    What's the keyboard you are using?

  63. Lagumists says:

    L o f i T i m e

  64. sam show says:

    Thanks for this video…

  65. Merveil Maya says:

    thanks

  66. charles thomas says:

    That helped, I learn visually( still can’t read notes tho)

  67. Gerry Moningkey Chillout Music says:

    this will work great on Lounge music. 😀👌

  68. Jason Dupris says:

    Pretty good bro !!!! Keep on !!!!

  69. Robert Leva says:

    Great vid! Part 3 takes big hands -_-

  70. GerryBerry says:

    What scale would you use to solo over this because i can't figure it out?

  71. J Charos says:

    I like to arpeggiate your C#m9 voicing then drop down to your A7 voicing. I like to play octaves and 5ths on the left hand.

  72. Nick P. says:

    Yeah I need to learn how to play piano

  73. justbrandonll says:

    What's the time signature?

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