how to play jazz chords?

 I'm  play the piano, and I want to improve my skills. I've mostly learned classical music, but I can play regular pop music too. I've taken piano lessons for 10 years so I know the technical stuff. But I'd really like to learn how to play jazz chords or at least learn some basics on how to play songs in a jazz style.

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mac1008 years ago
"regular pop music?!?!" cmon man. wtf
mac1008 years ago
dude youre so dumb. if you cant remotely play jazz after 10 years then you obviously dont have it in you. classical musicians are what i like to call "fake music" or posers in short. get an ear. get a life.
Two words: music theory. A solid foundation in music theory will help you understand jazz chords, as even the most dissonant chords are really just stacks of triads in disguise. I second Re-design as well - you simply must change teachers.<br /> <br /> I've noticed an overwhelming number of piano instructors beat their students to death with classical music. While this is terrific for building technique, I can guarantee about 90% of piano teachers out there wouldn't know a blue note if it hit them in the face with a melodious thunk (see: <a href="">Thelonious Monk</a>).<br /> <br /> It's a bit more difficult to explain jazz chords for piano that it is for guitar, as there are far more voicings possible for each one. The best way to describe it to first reduce music to its most basic form: tension and release. In classical theory, you commonly find a V7-I cadence (otherwise known as an authentic, or perfect authentic, cadence) that ends phrases by building tension with two leading tones, then resolving them in the final chord. With jazz, there is far more tension than release. This is due to the fact that most jazz chords progress with far more leading tones in between each chord progression.<br /> <br /> Common Examples in C major:<br /> Classical progression -<br /> C, F/C, C, G7, C<br /> <br /> Jazz progression -<br /> C6, Amin7, Dmin7, G7, C<br /> <br /> If you play these two progressions, you'll instantly see a difference in the number of tones that both add tension and also lead into the next chord. There are a myriad of possible ways to resolve chords in jazz, and that's part of what makes it so unique and interesting.<br /> <br /> If you haven't already taken some kind of classical music theory instruction, do this now. Once you've done so, start searching for jazz theory courses that will help you build on the understanding you've gained. Since you're rooted in classical piano already, the first part of this is mostly done - theory will just help you grok what you've been playing until now. Jazz theory will open the door even wider.<br /> <br />
Re-design8 years ago
You gotta change teachers.  If you're not learning what you want toafter 10 years you're taking from the wrong teacher.  Find ateacher that will teach you jazz.  Classical ain't all thereis.  there is real music out there and you gotta find someone topoint out the way.  Start hanging around in jazz bars and learnfrom those that are living the jazz music.  It ain't all in the books.
Sandisk1duo8 years ago
just google jazz cords for piano