Bill Evans So What Jazz Piano Chords Lesson
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Ready to learn some new jazz piano chords? Cool! Let’s get started.
In this jazz piano chord lesson we’re going to learn 2 of the most famous piano chords in jazz music.
These are the chords that Bill Evans played on the classic Miles Davis tune “So What”. (video and tips below)
(Start by watching the video below then scroll down for tips and notation)
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5 Tips To HelpYou Learn These Jazz Piano Chords
1. These chords come from the Dorian mode and are considered modal chords.
2. One of the reasons these chords sound so cool is because they’re built from a combination of 4th intervals on the bottom and a 3rd on top.
3. This creates an awesome combination of quartal harmony and tertiary harmony. (Quartal means chords built in 4ths. Tertiary means chords built in 3rds.)
4. In the Dorian mode the I chord and the II chords are minor chords. So, these chords fit right in there.
6. You can use these chords over a modal jazz tune or you can even use them over the minor chords in your II-V-I chord progression.
More Bill Evans Jazz Lessons
2. If you’d like to learn a Bill Evans lick then I encourage to check out this jazz lick lesson.
3. You should also check out this lesson and tips sheet on the Miles Davis So What solo.
It’s a great place to learn more about what to transcribe for the first time.
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