Bill Farrish

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Harmonic Foundations of Jazz and Improvisation

This is a live 6 week course meeting two(2) times a week covering many of the harmonic techniques used in jazz and improvisation. Guitar specific pdfs (in both Standard Notation and TAB) and a copy of my book Jazz Harmony Workbook and Text will also be supplied to all who attend. (This is the same text I use in my college courses).

You’ll not only learn these techniques conceptually , you’ll learn how to apply them creatively in your own music.

If you understand triads and major scales you’ll have no problem with this course. Likewise, if you’ve been playing for years and still struggle to understand the application of these concepts this course will clear things up for you.

Topics covered.
Chord patterns
Secondary Dominants 7th chords
Tritone subs and altered chords
Passing diminished chords and the Diminished 6th Scale and Harmony
Back door II V’s
Diminished chord and Scale applications.
Walking baselines and approach chords
Pedal tones on top and bottom
Non-functional II V’s
Coltrane progression
Common endings
Slash chords and Sus chords

Hosted by Bill Farrish

With 20+ years as a college music educator and as a guitarist with a career spanning 30 years, Bill has performed througho...

Public Meetup: $120.00 USD


  • AbilitiesBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Sessions0 upcoming
  • TagsJazz Guitar ,Solo Jazz Guitar, jazz ,Jazz Blues, Jazz Theory, Jazz Improv ,Modern Jazz

Harmonic Foundations of Jazz and Improvisation


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  • Session 12

    Review of Concepts Covered


    5 minutes, 30 seconds
  • Session 11

    Diminished Chords and scales.


    1 hour, 39 minutes, 50 seconds
  • Session 10

    Beginning to construct lines and dealing with chords.


    1 hour, 23 minutes, 16 seconds
  • Session 9

    The Blues


    1 hour, 45 minutes, 1 second
  • Session 8

    Tritone subs completed - Finished up tritone subs and a reharmonization of the song Danny Boy


    1 hour, 14 minutes, 29 seconds
  • Session 7

    Tritone Subs Parts 3 - More work with tritone subs and Secondary dominants. Re-harmonizing a simple song.


    1 hour, 49 minutes, 25 seconds
  • Session 6

    Tritone Subs Part 2 - Applying tritone subs to Days of Wine and Roses


    1 hour, 22 minutes, 17 seconds
  • Session 5

    Tritone Subs - Tritone substitutions and the III-7sub


    1 hour, 48 minutes, 18 seconds
  • Session 4

    Chord Patterns and the III-7sub, bII7sub and the subV7/II


    1 hour, 33 minutes, 33 seconds
  • Session 3

    Secondary Dominant 7 Chords Part 1


    1 hour, 38 minutes, 33 seconds
  • Session 2

    The Most Important Progression in Jazz - The II V I progression


    1 hour, 57 minutes, 13 seconds
  • Session 1

    The Basics - Review of Basic Harmonic StructuresCommon chord voicings and arpeggios.


    1 hour, 29 minutes, 38 seconds

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