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Hello everyone , back here this week after not being able to send my message last week because of a glip in my computer. I thought it might be time after months and months of trying to explain the importance of knowing certain things in music for the up coming jazz improvisation. We have talked about Triads , inversions and of course scales.for so many weeks .Now you can always go back to the weekly archives for the latest or past segments of Rons Tips!
Well if you did or didn’t work on those Triads , we hope you had a chance to learn the 8 progressions of chords. Without knowing these you may have some difficulty figuring out the chords of a standard tune. What I would like to talk about today is Diatonic harmony,, oh don’t get me wrong I am ready to start the improvisation process now , today, pronto, but I feel this is important to go over this week.And when We do start improvising I hope you guys and gals please go over some of the weeks wee have discussed. then the fun will begin. Diatonic harmony is by defintioin the chords that are built on each note or degree of a scale.For instance let’s take the Major scale of C
1 st note– The first note of that scale is C.which is the tonic so the tonic chord built on that 1st note is C-E–G-B which is called theTonic chord. which is a major chord..Note we are using all 7th chords for this meaning the top note will be a 7th.on all of these Diatonic chords.
2nd note-The 2nd note of the C Major scale is D,and the chord built on that note would be D- F-A-C. notice there are no sharps on this chord because we are dealing with the scale of C So if we thought of this going up in D Major with the naturals because we are in the Key of C .t,his second degree of the scale is a minor 7th
3rd note The third note of the C Major scale is an E, so the chord built on that degree of the scale is E-G-B- D.It is also called the MediantDegree of the scale Notice the only note in this chord is a natural B which is also in the scale of C Major. So this would also be known a a minor 7th Chord. Please resort to Ron’s Weekly tips!
4th note The fourth note of the C Major scale is an F, so the chord built on this is F-A-C-E and these notes are also in the scale of C major or Mediant minor
5th note The 5th note of the scale is a G so the chord built on that degree of the C major scale is G-B-D-F where the 7th of this chord is naturalized and is considered theDominantchord
6th note The 6th Note of the C Major scale is a and the chord built on that note or degree of the scale is A-C-E-G and this chord is a minor7th with a flat 5 and is actually known as the sub- Dominant
7th note The 7th note of the C major scale is the B or leading tone and the chord built on this degree of the scale is B-D-F-A
8th note And the 8th degree of the C major scale is back to being known as the tonic which is C-E-G-B the only
Note : the trick to this is that each starting note should be visualized in it’s major chord going up but being we are in the Scale of C major and there are no sharps or flats in that key all notes of that particular Diatonic chord would become either minor or Dominant or Minor with a flar 5 and so on. I think this is the hardest part of the jazz course so far because it makes you really think about chords. and I find this to be the most educational week but without knowing your Triads and your *8 progression of chords you may get a little confused. So brush up by going back to the weekly archives segments of my Ron’s tips. Remember this is a Conservatory course by the Manhattan School of Music that was taught to me. and it is unprecedented.to be taught on the computer.I am actually the first teacher in history to try to explain this by you reading it on the computer without a video. but I feel this will also make you think. “If it is too easy it’s not worth it” . Hope to get your response for next week