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Steve Woodcock

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  1. Steve Woodcock

    When can you play the 7th, 9th, #11th, 13th etc..?

    Context and taste will dictate when it's appropriate to add sevenths and extensions. First of all, be aware that sevenths are a chord tone and therefore determine the quality of the chord, extensions (also know as tensions or upper structures) are more like flavouring or spice - they add richness to the chord but do not affect its function. Below is a chart to help you determine the correct sevenths and extensions to use within diatonic major harmony, you will see the these notes are dictated by the scale each particular chord is derived from. Not all extensions are used for each chord type as some sound dissonant and are therefore considered 'avoid' notes - a general rule of thumb here is that an extension should be a whole tone above a chord tone (there are of course exceptions to this, such as on an altered dominant chord, but this a whole topic in itself). Be careful in your analysis of the line here @ambient, by naming everything as an extension you are missing the true function of these notes - the first G in bar 17 is a diatonic approach note from above to the F (which is the 5th of the chord), the next G and A are simply passing tones from the F to the root note of Bb on beat 1 of the following bar.
  2. Steve Woodcock

    *GONE* Various Rack Spacers, Tray etc.

    Sorry @mumra, no time to post. These have now all gone.
  3. Various rack spacers (1u and 1/2u) and a rack tray (2+1/2u I think?), see pic for details. Collection only from London W4.
  4. Pedaltrain Mini, plus soft case. Board itself is in great condition, the soft case has a broken zip on the smaller front pocket, zip for the main compartment is fine and there are no scuffs or rips etc. Collection only from London W4 at this time.
  5. Steve Woodcock

    Tutor for virtual beginner WANTED. Close to London EC1

    Hi @tracktionmonkey I am based in W4, so probably about a 40min tube ride for you, if you don't find anyone more local.
  6. Steve Woodcock

    Ear Training and Intervals

    Learning ear training in this way will only enable you to recognise the sound of an interval, to get the complete picture you really need to internalise what the notes sound like in relation to a key centre. Download the Functional Ear Trainer app from http://www.miles.be/, it was recommended to me by my old teacher Joe Hubbard and I recommend it to all my students; I also like Bruce Arnold's books which Trey Gunn recommended. Both methods are based on a Charlie Banacos exercise I believe.
  7. Steve Woodcock

    Recommended reading

    I'm a fan of Bert Ligon's books, I prefer his Jazz Theory Resources over the Mark Levine book.
  8. Steve Woodcock

    How Many Notes Does it Take to Make a Chord?

    The quote is from the 1983 translation of his book, based on the 1922 revision of his orginal publication. He was also a highly respected theorist and teacher. I could have chosen any of the many books on my shelf, they all agree three is the magic number.
  9. Steve Woodcock

    How Many Notes Does it Take to Make a Chord?

    Desregard the Wikipedia info, a chord consists of three or more notes: "It is required of a chord that it consist of three different tones" - Schoenberg, Arnold. Theory of Harmony. University of California Press, 1983
  10. Steve Woodcock

    Zappa fan? In West London?

    Thanks for posting, @Happy Jack, I joined these guys yesterday.
  11. Steve Woodcock

    Bass Tuition Available in West London + Skype

    Just given my last lesson of 2017, so a timely bump in preparation for the new year. I still have some limited availability for new students so if you have made a resolution to develop your musicianship and improve your playing, feel free to drop me a message.
  12. Yep, but let's not confuse the OP at this early stage!
  13. Steve Woodcock

    The Art of Walking Bass - 'Sequences'

    @ChrisDev, as 'step' refers to a movement by an interval of a second I think your response would be clearer if you replaced that word with 'chord tone' instead. Otherwise, all good!
  14. A, D and E are chords I, IV and V in the key of A major. They are all major triads. Chord I is built from the root, third and fifth notes of an A major scale: A B C# D E F# G# Chord IV is built from the root, third and fifth notes of a D Lydian scale (the fourth mode of the A major scale): D E F# G# A B C# Chord V is built from the root, third and fifth notes of an E Mixolydian scale (the fifth mode of the A major scale): E F# G# A B C# D
  15. Steve Woodcock

    Chords

    Expanding upon dlloyd's post above, here are some very useful voicings for diatonic seventh chords. I've presented them here in the key of C major but they are movable shapes so you can transpose to any key.
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