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The Chord Doctor - Expand Your Chordal Command Chico CA

The chord chart for what I play could be the same for accompanying a number of different artists, but how I voice those chords may be radically different depending on the music. To illustrate that, Examples 1-5 present the same eight-bar chord progression in a variety of contexts — proof positive that the same chord can sound completely different depending on how you voice it.

Cindy W.
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San Jose, CA
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Piano
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5 to 17
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I have taught using the John Thompson and the Alfred piano course methods. I prefer using the Alfred method because it gets the students comfortable playing on the black keys from the start.
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San Jose State University - Psychology - 1977-1979 (Bachelor's Degree received) San Francisco State Univ. - Educational Psychology - 1980-1982 (Master's degree received)
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Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Piano, Singing, Music Performance
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5 to 99
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Moldova Music School - Music - 1993-2000 (High School diploma received) Sierra College - Music - 2004-2008 (Associate degree received) Academy of Spiritual Music of Moskow - Conducting - 2007-2009 (Associate's degree received)) Sierra College - Music teacher /Transfer to SacState - 2004-2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Brittany M.
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Tilden Avenue,
Culver City, CA
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Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Piano, Acting, Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice
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5 to 85
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Voice styles: Musical Theater, Jazz and Classical (art song and opera), Pop/Rock Sight-reading, theory and piano Candidate for Master Teacher in Estill Voice training: this vocal technique breaks down the voice muscles and body into 13 structures. Once you have mastered these structures, the voice is free and can be manipulated to whatever sound you want to create with an understanding of the science of the voice.
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San Diego State University - Music Education - 1997-1999 (not complete) Manhattan School of Music - Voice - 1999-2002 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Amber W.
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Alvarado Ave
Davis, CA
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Piano
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5 to 99
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Classical, Boogie Woogie, Broadway
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Santa Rosa Junior College - Liberal Studies - 8/2005-5/2007 (Associate degree received) Sonoma State University - Liberal Studies - 8/2007-5/2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Carol F.
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Autumn Dr.
Oceanside, CA
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Music Theory, Singing, Piano, Speaking Voice
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7 to 99
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music theory, voice, singing, speaking, beginning piano, performance skills I specialize in jazz though I don't have much call for that. I'm good with most styles except Rap & Opera. I am a believer in Speech Level singing. I combine methods of Caesari and the methods that both Musician Institute & Los Angeles Music Academy use.
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Wheaton North - college prep - 1969-1972 (degree received) Northland College - art - 1972-1973 (not complete) Wisc. College Conservatory of Music - jazz voice - 1973-1975 (not complete) Musician's Institute - voice - 1990-1991 (degree received)
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Barry J.
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1/2 Yucaipa Blvd
Yucaipa, CA
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Theatrical Broadway Singing, Speaking Voice, Music Theory, Piano, Opera Voice, Music Performance, Singing
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5 to 99
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I teach most piano methods available such as Alfred, John Thompson, Piano Adventures, Bastien, etc. I teach mostly classical and opera, also Broadway and popular in both piano and voice.
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Royal Academy Of Music - Piano Performance - 1982 to 1986 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Renee C.
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College Avenue
San Diego, CA
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Opera Voice, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Singing, Piano, Music Theory
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6 to 99
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Popular Styles, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Opera, Church Music
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San Diego State University - MM in Music/Voice - 1/07-12/08 (degree received) Point Loma Nazarene University - BM  in Music/Voice - 1/98-12/01 (degree received)  
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Jordan M.
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Balboa Terrace
San Diego, CA
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Tuba, Songwriting, Music Recording, Harmonica, Percussion, Clarinet, Guitar, Saxophone, Trumpet, Piano, Bass Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Trombone
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5 to 999
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My major in college was music education/jazz emphasis. I have an extensive background in both classical wind ensembles, jazz bands, and improvisation. I also currently perform in original and cover bands on keyboard and guitar, in a range of styles including rock, reggae, Latin, and funk.
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University of Miami, Coral Gables - Music Education - 8/2003 - 5/2007 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Robert L.
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Buckingham Pkwy.,
Culver City, CA
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Clarinet, Music Performance, Piano, Saxophone, Music Recording, Songwriting, Music Theory
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5 to 99
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Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century Modern period literature Jazz literature and improvisation Rock and Popular literature Symphonic and Marching Band literature Music Theory and Harmony Ear Training Sight-singing
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Cleveland State Univ. - Music - '92-'98 (Bachelor's degree received) UCLA - Music - '99-'03 (not complete) UCLA - Music - '99-'03 (not complete)
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Brian J.
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37th St.
San Diego, CA
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Bass Guitar, Saxophone, Piano, Songwriting, Music Theory, Guitar
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6 to 60
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guitar, bass, sax, beginning to intermediate piano, songwriting, music theory, sight reading Progressive methods for Guitar and Bass. Bastien Methods for Piano. Rock, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Metal, Blues, and Classical. Some Funk, Jazz, and R&B.
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Patterson High School - General Education - 1996-2000 (degree received) Point Loma Nazarene University - Music Business - 2000-2005 (not complete)
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The Chord Doctor - Expand Your Chordal Command

by Clifford Carter

You hear that the government is contemplating another multi-billion dollar stimulus package. That’s an intimidating number I can’t even digest. A much kinder, gentler number is 12 — the number of notes in the chromatic scale. This month, we’ll scratch the surface of combining those notes into chord colors appropriate for different styles of music.

The chord chart for what I play could be the same for accompanying a number of different artists, but how I voice those chords may be radically different depending on the music. To illustrate that, Examples 1-5 present the same eight-bar chord progression in a variety of contexts — proof positive that the same chord can sound completely different depending on how you voice it. Example 6 gives you hands-on practice material to start expanding your chord comfort zone. The ultimate goal is that regardless of whatever curve the music throws you, you can choose your next voicing without overthinking.

One last thing: Notice the simple left hand parts in the bass clefs throughout. It’s good to practice more than one thing at a time, and you don’t want an idle hand. By playing a bass line, you give the right hand a musical context, while developing hand independence. You’re also working on your timing, and making what could be a somewhat tedious exercise a bit more fun and musical.

Click the sheet music thumbnails for super-size versions suitable for playing! Click the example headers for audio clips.

kb0210 Plat It Chord Doc 1 Ex. 1 - click for audio. Here’s an eight-bar progression I’d play on, say, the first verse of a Patti Scialfa song. It’s simple and sparse with not a lot of movement — a nice bed. All chords are either triads or four-note chords with one of the triad’s notes doubled. The exceptions are bars 3 and 6, where I’m just playing the root and fifth in each hand. Why? Because Nils Lofgren is next to me playing some fat, soulful chords unique to the guitar, and I want to get out of his harmonic space. By eliminating thirds at that moment, it avoids any clashes or unnecessary doubling.

0210 Play It Chord Doc 2 Ex. 2 - click for audio . I’d play in the second verse with more character and rhythmic action. By simply using the ninth of each chord, we get a new sound, moving the piano a little more to the forefront.

0210 Play It Chord Doc 3 Ex. 3 - click for audio . In this variation on Example 2, I add the fourth in addition to the ninth. It’s similar in style but adds new harmonic identity. This style of adding fourths and ninths (or “twos and fours”) is very guitar-like, and a signature sound of guitar bands like the Byrds and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Many pianists have taken cues from guitar-oriented voicings when playing triad-based music. Listen to Elton John, Billy Joel, Matt Rollings, and the E Street Band’s Roy Bittan to get these new sounds into your hands and ears.

0210 Play It Chord Doc 4 Ex. 4 - click for audio. Here’s the same basic progression, played with a gospel or R&B style. I recently played in the Baltimor...

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