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The 7 Levels of Jazz Harmony

Ya like jazz? You will!

There are 7 levels of Jazz Harmony, and we'll explore each of them through reharmonizing the chorus of one of my favorite tunes from 2019 - Lizzo's Juice. Thanks to Jae Soto for singing!

OUTRO TRACK (Dilla Beat + Intonalist Harmony)
https://adamneelymusic.bandcamp.com/track/it-aint-my-fault

Level 1 - "Bell Pepper" - II-V’s and other basic tonal movements
Level 2 - "Poblano Pepper" - Sub V’s and other stuff
Level 3 - "Jalepeño Pepper" - Crazy chromatic extensions
Level 4 - "Piri Piri Pepper"- Constant Structures and Pedal Point
Level 5 - "Habenero Pepper"- Free non-functional harmony
Level 6 - "Ghost Pepper"- Liberated Dissonance
Level 7 - "???" - Xenharmony

These 7 levels aren't meant to be exhaustive in terms of the harmonic techniques of jazz musicians - there really are way too many to get into for a single YouTube video - but they can be useful as a general guide to the FEELING of different kinds of harmonic ideas. As an added bonus, they're roughly in chronological order in terms of when each level occurred on the timeline of jazz history, although no single musician was ever working so formally.

Jae Soto (singer)
https://www.youtube.com/jaesotomusic

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