Blues & Jazz Music

Lesson 1 - Blues (origin 1860s onwards)

What is Blues music and what are its origins?

Before the blues...

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Ukulele chords

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Lesson 1 - chord extensions and flattened fifth chord.

Chord extensions are where extra 3rds are stacked on top of a triad to produce 7ths, 9ths, 11ths and 13ths.
Chord extensions are typical in jazz music and make it distinguishable from other types of music.
Notes for improvisation
A, C, D, E, F




Seventh (minor)




Major triad chord


Listen to Bill Evans's 'Waltz For Debbie'. It's full of chord extensions!
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Lesson 2 - key signatures and the circle of fifths

Key signatures tell you which key the music is in.
Circle of fifths in music theory, the circle of fifths (or circle of fourths) is the relationship among the 12 tones of the chromatic scale, their corresponding key signatures, and the associated major and minor keys. 

Take Five Tutorial

Play your keyboard part in time with this drum rhythm...

Take Five Live

Try this 5/4 meter, drum rhythm!