David Berkman Functional Jazz Harmony

DAVID BERKMAN: Functional Jazz Harmony (Edge)

A path to understanding the deeper structure of standards for more freedom & creativity

  • * Using Functional Harmony to free up your approach to Jazz Standards
  • * How to avoid getting locked into “one-size-fits-all” chord progressions
  • * How to use Functional Harmony to personalize the chord progressions of standards
  • * Ways to find the deep underlying structure of standards for greater improvisatory freedom on these songs
  • * Recognizing harmonic processes that are available to create more subtlety in your reharmonizations and compositions
  • * Diminished approaches and non-functional harmony to increase the scope of your reharmonization options

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  • david247 says:

    Hi David –

    I *understand* a good portion of your lesson, but could use some a good heap of application, as you emphasize in your book.

    I’ve been guilty of being a by the book player at jams in the past, for sure. My question is about the parameters say, in a trio situation (I’m a guitarist).

    My attitude is to generally to stay out of the way, and provide a rhythmic cushion for the soloist, without changing the overall harmony too much.

    I’ll add some half step approach chords, extension choices, chord quality changes (maj/min to dominant), maybe tritone subs. Am I on the right path, or should I open my thinking further in a jam session scenario? How much is too much?

    Dave Lockwood