Strengthen your command of the melodies, harmonies, and rhythms that make up the rich art form of jazz on the piano or keyboard.
Learn the Berklee approach to keyboard in this 12-week course. Master the basics of technique and chord voicings, and gain an understanding of more advanced concepts including interpretation of lead sheets and improvisation.
There is always a demand for dynamic, expressive, and well-rounded keyboard players, and this program is geared toward enabling you to be comfortable in any number of different musical situations. You'll gain a comprehensive education in the wide array of skills and knowledge necessary to develop your technique and gain a greater command of the keyboard. As you become familiar with different keyboard performance styles, you'll learn the signature riffs and licks of the masters, increase your repertoire, and develop your improvisation skills. This program is well suited for intermediate keyboard students, students with classical training, or students with contemporary jazz style training.
Enrich your keyboard playing with advanced jazz harmonies.
This workbook will help you play with a contemporary jazz sound, interpret lead sheets, and use upper-structure triads to expand your comping palette. By considering tensions in terms of upper-structure triads, you will develop an organized and intuitive means of using more advanced structures in your playing. These practical exercises and concise descriptions will help you develop your sight-comping and create full and colorful voicings for all chord types. The accompanying CD lets you hear and practice these techniques with a jazz quartet.
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“I’ll never forget the day I discovered my first upper-structure triad back in 1960. I sure wish this book was around then. Essential information, not only for the contemporary jazz pianist but for all melodic instruments.”
—Hal Crook, Jazz Trombonist, Pianist, Author, Educator
“Suzanna Sifter’s excellent new Jazz Keyboard Harmony textbook on the theoretical and musical vocabulary of upper-structure triads and their importance in enhancing the students jazz keyboard knowledge cogently opens the ‘beginning’ doors of musical perception and awareness to a vital understanding of the upper-structure harmonic world and its derivative melodic phenomena, such as symmetrical scales, altered and mixed modes, etc. Her personal approach enables the student to easily get their eyes and ears into the essence of these important categorizations and analytical deductions, which can only lead eventually to the supra upper-structure cosmos that lies above. With Suzanna’s book as an inspired basis and with continual study and development, the student will ultimately be able to absorb the entire range of the overtone spectrum into the highest levels of aural-harmonic knowledge and jazz keyboard technical process and improvisational creativity.”
—Tom McKinley, Prominent American Composer and Jazz Pianist
“This book beautifully breaks down the barriers to the complexity of being able to successfully apply upper structure triads and use them with a vital variety of corresponding scales. Tremendous value is to be had by those who put their hands on this magnificent collection of ideas. Suzanna Sifter provides a step-by-step process by which one can clearly learn upper structure triads in relation to the familiar lower structure triads. You therefore will be totally capable of including the resulting advanced harmonic concepts into your performances, compositions and arrangements with confidence, success and ease.”
—Joanne Brackeen, Legendary Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Visionary; Professor at Berklee College of Music
Pianist Suzanna Sifter is an active performing and recording artist, who gives master classes internationally in jazz piano harmony and…