Block Chords Made Easy by Open Studio

Block Chords Made Easy

Brand new from Adam Maness: a simple method for Locked Hands and Drop 2 voicings.

Start playing classic chords today

Not happy with your chord melodies?

Looking for a simple way to build your own Drop 2 and Locked Hands chords?

With a step-by-step approach, pro jazz pianist Adam Maness reveals the easy and fun way to play these timeless chords over your favorite standards.

After completing this course...

you'll be able to:

  • ✋ Build great-sounding Locked Hands chords on any chord, with any melody
  • 😅 Construct beautiful Drop-2 chords on any chord, with any melody
  • 🐬 Play 6 of the most popular jazz standards with both Drop-2 and Locked Hands chords including 
    • On Green Dolphin Street
    • Blue Bossa
    • There is No Greater Love
    • Autumn Leaves
    • All the Things You Are
    • Fly Me to the Moon
  • 🧰 Develop a practice routine to help lock these concepts in for good
  • 🔨 Build your own chord melodies over any tune you like

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Meet your teacher

As Open Studio's Creative Director, Adam Maness develops the curriculum of all of the courses, in addition to teaching his own popular course like Magic Voicing System, Piano Fingering Independence and more. Adam is a versatile pianist, arranger, composer, and producer whose performances, original compositions, and arrangements have been featured on numerous recordings and on national and international radio and television broadcasts. He is best known as co-founder and composer for the genre-bending chamber ensemble, The 442s.
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What's in the course

Start Here
What Are Block Chords?
Locked-Hands Theory
Major Set
Dorian Set
Dominant Set
Diminished Set
Melodic Minor Set
Locked-Hands Theory: Quiz
Locked-Hands in Practice
There Is No Greater Love
Autumn Leaves
Fly Me to the Moon
On Green Dolphin Street
Blue Bossa
All the Things You Are
Drop-2 Theory
Major Set
Dorian Set
Dominant Set
Diminished Set
Melodic Minor Set
Drop-2 Theory: Quiz
Drop-2 in Practice
There Is No Greater Love
Autumn Leaves
On Green Dolphin Street
Fly Me to the Moon
Blue Bossa
All the Things You Are
Chord Arrangements & Guides
All The Things You Are - Locked Hands
45 KB
All The Things You Are - Locked Hands (Guide)
52.6 KB
All The Things You Are - Drop-2
42.9 KB
All The Things You Are - Drop-2 (Guide)
51.9 KB
Autumn Leaves - Locked Hands
39.9 KB
Autumn Leaves - Locked Hands (Guide)
46.9 KB
Autumn Leaves - Drop-2
38.6 KB
Autumn Leaves - Drop-2 (Guide)
45.9 KB
Blue Bossa - Locked Hands
35.8 KB
Blue Bossa - Locked Hands (Guide)
42.3 KB
Blue Bossa - Drop-2
34.7 KB
Blue Bossa - Drop-2 (Guide)
41.1 KB
Fly Me To The Moon - Locked Hands
44.4 KB
Fly Me To The Moon - Locked Hands (Guide)
54.1 KB
Fly Me To The Moon - Drop-2
42.5 KB
Fly Me To The Moon - Drop-2 (Guide)
50.2 KB
On Green Dolphin Street - Locked Hands
46.7 KB
On Green Dolphin Street - Locked Hands (Guide)
54 KB
On Green Dolphin Street - Drop-2
45.3 KB
On Green Dolphin Street - Drop-2 (Guide)
53 KB
There Is No Greater Love - Locked Hands
40.6 KB
There Is No Greater Love - Locked Hands (Guide)
48.7 KB
There Is No Greater Love - Drop-2
39.3 KB
There Is No Greater Love - Drop-2 (Guide)
42.6 KB
Simple Player Versions
What Are Block Chords?
6 mins
Major Set (Locked Hands)
24 mins
Dorian Set (Locked Hands)
16 mins
Dominant Set (Locked Hands)
12 mins
Diminished Set (Locked Hands)
11 mins
Melodic Minor Set (Locked Hands)
15 mins
There Is No Greater Love (Locked Hands)
23 mins
Autumn Leaves (Locked Hands)
22 mins
Fly Me to the Moon (Locked Hands)
20 mins
On Green Dolphin Street (Locked Hands)
13 mins
Blue Bossa (Locked Hands)
12 mins
All the Things You Are (Locked Hands)
13 mins
Major Set (Drop-2)
12 mins
Dorian Set (Drop-2)
10 mins
Dominant Set (Drop-2)
13 mins
Diminished Set (Drop-2)
10 mins
Melodic Minor Set (Drop-2)
13 mins
There Is No Greater Love (Drop-2)
15 mins
Autumn Leaves (Drop-2)
18 mins
On Green Dolphin Street (Drop-2)
17 mins
Fly Me to the Moon (Drop-2)
13 mins
Blue Bossa (Drop-2)
13 mins
All the Things You Are (Drop-2)
17 mins
Audio Downloads
What Are Block Chords?
6 mins
Major Set (Locked Hands)
24 mins
Dorian Set (Locked Hands)
16 mins
Dominant Set (Locked Hands)
12 mins
Diminished Set (Locked Hands)
11 mins
Melodic Minor Set (Locked Hands)
15 mins
There Is No Greater Love (Locked Hands)
23 mins
Autumn Leaves (Locked Hands)
22 mins
Fly Me to the Moon (Locked Hands)
20 mins
On Green Dolphin Street (Locked Hands)
13 mins
Blue Bossa (Locked Hands)
12 mins
All the Things You Are (Locked Hands)
13 mins
Major Set (Drop-2)
12 mins
Dorian Set (Drop-2)
10 mins
Dominant Set (Drop-2)
13 mins
Diminished Set (Drop-2)
13 mins
Melodic Minor Set (Drop-2)
13 mins
There Is No Greater Love (Drop-2)
15 mins
Autumn Leaves (Drop-2)
18 mins
On Green Dolphin Street (Drop-2)
17 mins
Fly Me to the Moon (Drop-2)
13 mins
Blue Bossa (Drop-2)
13 mins
All the Things You Are (Drop-2)
17 mins
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