Upper Structure Triads: The Harmonic Approach

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Wednesday / March 12, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street

Suzanna Sifter, professor in the piano department, author of  “Berklee Jazz Keyboard Harmony: Using Upper Structure Triads,” and teacher of the lab “Upper Structure Triad Applications 1 and 2” will be giving two master classes on upper structure triads this semester. In the first class she will teach you how to find and name upper structure triads for the most commonly used chord types. You will learn the formulas for quick tension-specific recall for each specific chord quality. Many practice methods will be explored. Part I of this set of master classes focuses on the harmonic usage of upper structure triads, such as composing open position voicings and harmonizing melodies. Part II will explore the linear approach used in jazz improvisation and composition. Join us for this informative hour!