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Reddit reviews on Voicings for Jazz Keyboard

Sentiment score: 8
Reddit mentions: 11

We found 11 Reddit mentions of Voicings for Jazz Keyboard. Here are the top ones.

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Found 11 comments on Voicings for Jazz Keyboard:

u/djfl · 12 pointsr/piano

I'm not into jazz, but I had this book highly recommended to me: http://www.amazon.com/Voicings-Jazz-Keyboard-Frank-Mantooth/dp/0793534852/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1451105347&sr=8-6&keywords=jazz+comping

Full disclosure: it is for jazz and involves a lot of 9ths and 13ths you can go an entire career as a rock keyboardist and never use. However, the premise of the book is solid...what range to play in to best avoid "stepping on" other instruments.

I put this forward because it is pretty fundamental if you're going to be playing with other musicians.

Other than that, you have a massive leg up on many of the rest of us. I'm a keyboardist now but come from a piano background similar to you. I haven't gotten the whole thing solved yet, but it's important to keep an open ear at all times and listen to what sounds like is needed. Don't do a bunch of stuff when the guitarist is, when the singer is singing, etc. Keep it simple and, if you ever get lost, hump the tonic note of whatever song you're playing.

Other than that, go to local jam nights and soak in what the guys are playing. Then go home and listen to those songs, specifically what the keyboardists in those songs are doing (if there are keyboard lines).

Yes, knowing the chords and their inversions is a must. Know all the major chords, minor chords, 7ths, sus's, and all their different inversions...ie CEG, EGC, & GCE are all different ways to play a C major and all make the song sound different.

Anyway, I'm in a rock band, do some background piano music behind a singer, and do some solo piano stuff. I'm no expert, but I'll help you out. I've been where you are, though perhaps with a tenth of your talent. As always, desire and hard work will get you wherever you want to go. Cheers and good luck!(which you will make yourself ;) )

u/HYP3RSL33P · 11 pointsr/musictheory

They're actually super useful for airy/spacious voicing of common chords. I can give a few 5 note examples with C as the root (transpose to your heart's content):

C6/9: E A D G C
Cmaj7(6/9): B E A D G (this one replaces the high C (root) from the previous with a low B (maj7th) but you can totally do both for a 6 note chord)
Cmaj7(6/9/#11): F# B E A D
C-11: G C F Bb Eb
Csus(9): D G C F Bb

Using less than 5 notes will be more ambiguous but you can totally use this to your advantage. Nothing wrong with using a quartal voicing/structure on top of a standard triad or even just a 3rd and 7th. Pretty useful for dominant chords:

C9: E Bb D G C (obviously the bottom tritone is not quartal but the top 3 notes are)
C9(13): Bb E A D G (I flipped the bottom tritone from the previous example for a more evenly spaced voicing)

Because quartal voicings can be ambiguous they're a great tool for modulating. They can be placid or intense depending on how you employ them. I first got into using them after reading Mantooth's Voicings For Jazz Keyboard. It's not a book directly about quartal voicings but they're used as a kind of basic building block for many of the voicings in the book. Also, McCoy Tyner is a quartal fiend if you're looking for inspiration.

u/Bebop_Ba-Bailey · 5 pointsr/piano

It's hard to find stuff on Jazz Theory on Google for sure, much less recommendations for music transcription. I really can't think of a good place to start with regards to the songs you should try to transcribe, but there are books I've used that have plenty of suggested reading/listening listed. Hopefully you don't already know about these...

The Jazz Piano Book by Mark Levine (it can be kind of pricy, here's a link to it on Amazon) which has a whole regimen of listening suggestions in its curriculum, focusing a good amount on jazz harmony, and melodic improvisation.

I learned a lot about jazz chords and voicings from Miracle Voicings by Frank Mantooth. Working through these books will help you understand better how to approach jazz chords, which should help you better conceive of what you're hearing when you try to transcribe them.

EDIT: The book has been republished as Voicings for Jazz Keyboard by Frank Mantooth

u/xtracounts · 4 pointsr/AskReddit

This + This



plus listen a bunch

(not a pianist, just fiddle with piano enough to help myself)

u/OnaZ · 3 pointsr/piano

Yeah, that's cool. If you're into 4ths, check out Frank Mantooth's book. He is all about 4ths.

Another cool voicing would be 1 5 3 13 9 #11. For Cmaj13#11 that would be: C G E A D F#

u/Chuber120 · 2 pointsr/musictheory

I just bought Voicings for Jazz Piano By Frank Mantooth. My jazz friends highly recommended it to me. I'm still waiting for it in the mail but I checked out some ideas from it from my buddy. Seemed like the good stuff to me.

u/cat6Wire · 2 pointsr/piano

There is a book about piano voicing by Frank Mantooth, https://www.amazon.com/Voicings-Jazz-Keyboard-Frank-Mantooth/dp/0793534852/ref=nodl_
Invaluable. Learn blues progression and learn about the key jazz chord progression, ii-V-I

u/cembry25 · 1 pointr/JazzPiano

I started off with the basic root position chords then memorizing inversions. After that, I got a book which explained spreading the chord voicings in fourths.



Took me awhile to memorize this, so treat it like a gym work out.

After that, I studied open chord voicings, and this is the "formula" I like to follow. Apply this to the major/minor/dominant qualities.

1 7 3 5 - 1 (melody note)

1 5 3 7 - 3

1 5 7 3 - 5

1 5 7 3 - 7


I practiced them chromatically, diatonically, 4ths/5ths, in intervals then I set up a flashcard app that cycles through the chromatic scale (randomly) labeled Root, 3rd, 5th, 7th then I would voice those notes accordingly. When all this becomes muscle memory you can start deciding where you want to insert additional tensions.

THEN after all these, it starts getting easier to take a jazz standard and decide what voicings you want to use.

u/codyloydl · 1 pointr/musictheory

This is not something that I'm an expert on... but this book: http://www.amazon.com/Voicings-Jazz-Keyboard-Frank-Mantooth/dp/0793534852

talks about using quartal voicings (particularly on the keyboard) within a tonal harmonic context.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/JazzPiano

Frank Mantooth book here is a good way to build chords in a new way. This will build your ability to play the nucleus of the chord (the 3rd and 7th) this is the most important part of comping. then towards the end of the book it will show you how to start playing complex extensions on that nucleus.