Lush Life – Full Harmonic Analysis

Here's a song by Billy Strayhorn that I've always loved and never fully analyzed until writing The Jazz Standards Progressions Book. I've been fascinated by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn compositions since the first time I heard an Ellington album, about thirty years ago. Since then I greatly enjoyed their rich harmonies, rhythmic vocabulary and... Continue Reading →

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Can We Have a IVmaj7 Chord With an Ionian Chord-Scale?

Here's a musical concept nobody taught me at school. While analyzing 1000+ jazz tunes for The Jazz Standards Progressions Book, I noticed a great number of songs in major keys tonicize the IV degree at the beginning of the bridge. It's usually preceded by the V/IV, landing on the IV at the beginning of the... Continue Reading →

Tessitura Pro Tip of the Day #10: Chord Extensions and Avoid Notes. Tessitura Pro: The whole world of scales over the Circle of Fifths.

Tessitura Pro Tip of the Day #10: Chord Extensions and Avoid NotesTessitura Pro: The whole world of scales over the Circle of Fifths.#ScalesAndModes #MusicEducation #MusicScales #ChordScales #CircleOfFifthshttps://t.co/C6vnN9cv6C pic.twitter.com/vxB2dwAEOe— mDecks Music (@mDecksMusic) June 13, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Kotska’s Workbook Chapter 22 No. 2 in Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro, seen diatonically and functionally. MTHP visually reveals every function in tonal harmony.

Kotska's Workbook Chapter 22 No. 2 in Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro, seen diatonically and functionally. MTHP visually reveals every function in tonal harmony.#tonalharmony #Chords #MusicEducation #TraditionalHarmony #Kostka #harmony #ClassicalMusic https://t.co/6NtgaepthJ pic.twitter.com/VkRaI35tVW— mDecks Music (@mDecksMusic) May 28, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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