Gospel School: Neighbor Chords: C-F/C-C

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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.


Study-Practice Notes:

  • Think of the neighbor chord as “the IV” 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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