How To Play Spread Voicings on Piano – Great Jazz Piano Chords!

- Are you struggling to find good solo jazz piano voicings?

- Do you only feel comfortable when you’re playing in a trio and there’s a bass player laying down the bottom end for you?

- How about accompanying vocalists?  Do you have trouble finding the right voicings to play behind a singer?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then this free jazz piano lesson video was made for you! (video lesson below)

In this free video lesson I teach you how to play some of the most effective jazz voicings out there.  These voicings are known as the spread voicing (sometimes called open voicings).

These voicings work great applied to solo piano, accompanying a singer, accompanying an instrumentalist, and even in certain situations in a trio or a quartet setting.

Check ‘em out and enjoy the lesson……..  If you would like to learn how to apply these voicings to a tune check out this lesson here Satin Doll chord lesson.  You can also check out how Bill Evans played advanced spread voicings here Bill Evans chords.

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  • http://twitter.com/JoyfulPamela Pamela Johnson

    As a classically trained musician who wants to learn more about jazz and blues chords, this is wonderful! This and your other videos look to be a great help to me and my students. Thank you! =D
    Pamela @ Joyful Songs ~ Music Education

    • Steve Nixon (freejazzlessons)

      It’s my pleasure Pamela.  I’m glad you and your students are enjoying the material!

  • veronica

    Hello there I am new to learning the 2, 5,1, progession is there a way that you could suggest some rhythemic patterns to help learn the progression in all keys to break up the monotony

  • veronica

    oh by the way this is great web sight-
    thanks alot

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.morse.58 Gary Morse

    Steve, all your stuff is stimulating and inspiring! Thanks for your transparent, graphic style of teaching…I’m getting more and more “hooked” on your tips.

  • Jed Levine

    I noticed when you first played the II – V – I (in C), you voiced the I chord in the RH 3 – 5 – 9, but later when you played the II – V – I in Eb, you voiced the RH 3 – 6 – 9 (G – C – F). Was this intentional? It wasn’t explained. Thanks.

    • http://www.freejazzlessons.com/ Steve Nixon (freejazzlessons)

      Hey Jed!
      Great question. Yes, it was intentional. It’s a small variation. I just replaced the 5th scale degree with the 6th. It’s a pretty cool sound :)

  • Cymber Lily Quinn

    Thanks for a great lesson. I’m a jazz harpist, and these things translate well to the harp.

    • http://www.freejazzlessons.com/ Steve Nixon (freejazzlessons)

      Awesome Cymber. Glad to hear it was helpful for harp too!