Jazz School: Chord Voicings: Major 7, add 9, add 13, Perfect Fourth Stack

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Seventh in the series of tasty chord voicings for a C Major Seventh chord…

This two-fisted voicing (three notes in each hand) in fourths creates a very open and hip sound. It may seem intimidating at first, but the pattern is quite simple: root at the top of a six-note stack where each note is a perfect fourth apart. Notice that it includes every note in the major scale except the highly dissonant “4”…

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(If you need a refresher on chord structure: Chord Structure: The Number System)

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You still have HOMEWORK to do: Using your knowledge of scales and chord structure (and your ears of course), transpose this voicing to all twelve keys. In doing so, you are going to build an enormous chord vocabulary that integrates the aural, visio-spatial, kinesthetic and lays a solid foundation for fluent improvisation.


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