ABSTRACT

For jazz pianists, attention to technique and content are key to learning to incorporate contrapuntal harmony. This chapter focuses on increasing a kinesthetic understanding of jazz harmony by exploring hand placement and the types of chords that can be accessed using primary hand positions. Static chords, active chords, simultaneous intervals, opposing intervals, and delayed entry are discussed as methods to add aural depth and dimension to jazz chords. Skill exercises acquaint the learner with arpeggios using primary hand positions, chord enhancement, and harmonic development. Audio examples are included.