(W-TP) Introduction to 21st Century Harmony using the Jordan Chromatic System (Part 1)

The Jordan Chromatic System, or JCS, has been under development since 1975, and it's an essential component of Stanley Jordan's original thinking about music. In the late 70s Stanley studied with composer Milton Babbitt, who is widely regarded as one of the two or three most important music theorists of the 20th century. Babbitt was very influential in the development of JCS. Students of 12-tone composition will recognize much common ground, but JCS moves these ideas into jazz and other styles. George Russel's Lydian Chromatic Method was another important influence. Now, for the first time, this material is available as a live course.

The Zoom meetings will take place weekly for 6 consecutive weeks. Each session is 2 hours long, with 1:45 of instruction, and :15 of time with other students to collaborate on class projects, discuss the material or just hang out.

For each lesson there are two available meetings to choose from, making it convenient for all time zones in the World. The complete schedule of meetings is here.

Week 1: The Art of Learning — more focus on the theory of it, plus how to get out of your head.

Week 2: JCS for all instruments — Pitches, Pitch Classes, and Chord Types [exploring a simple catalog that takes you from diatonic organization to chromatic organization]

Week 3: Chord Voicings — Introducing the first precise definition of the word voicing, and how this way of thinking frees you to explore the world of possibilities more easily than ever before.

Week 4: Modes and Modal Systems. Understanding why there are 2048 chord types and 351 modal systems. Understanding how modal systems give you the key to all possible chords and scales.

Week 5: Families of Chord Types. Understanding how dichromatic families provide the perfect marriage between the Jordan Chromatic System and the conventional, or diatonic, system.

Week 6: Using the Master Chord Type Library. This free library gives extensive information and links on over 1300 chord types.


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