Neighbor Chords are a great way to expand and embellish a single chord that is played for an extended length of time.
Think of this as embellishment of the prevailing chord that gives a nice lilt to the rhythm. By the way, this device almost always works for the big three chords in a major key (I, IV, and V) and sometimes as an embellishment of Secondary Dominants as well.
- Think of the neighbor chord as “the ii” of the prevailing chord.
- Swing the eighth notes!
- Notice that the back beats in the left hand are “ghosted”, more felt than heard.
- Use your knowledge of chord theory to work out this pattern for all twelve major triads.
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