Chord symbols & functions

Darius Brubeck Lesson time: (14min 35sec)

Now we're beginning to use the vocabulary that professional musicians use. There are 3 symbolic systems used simulatenously when it comes to describing harmony concepts: 1.Roman numerals that refer to scale degree, 2.Arabic numerals that refer to intervals, and 3.alphabetical symbols that refer to the root of the chord. Chord function refers to the role that a particular chord plays in the creation of a larger harmonic progression. Darius uses the classic tunes Swing Low Sweet Chariot (chord I IV & V examples) and Summer Song to bring these concepts to life.

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Darius Brubeck is a noted jazz pianist and educator. He has released numerous albums as a leader, as well as touring internationally with his own groups, and the Brubecks Play Brubeck collaboration with his brothers.

Darius has served as a Fulbright visiting professor in Romania and Turkey. He initiated the first degree course in Jazz offered by an African University at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, where he taught till 2005.

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