Jazz School: Chord Voicings: Major 7 “G/C”

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

This voicing works great when used sparingly in jazz or pop ballads. Don’t fuss over how the chords are named. Just absorb the essence of the sound and the visio-spatial pattern on the keyboard…


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


You may wonder: How is possible to have a major chord without a “3” in the the voicing? There are at least two reasons:

  • “The 3” is a strong harmonic of the chord root, so it is already embedded in the overtones of the overall sound, even if you cannot hear it explicitly.
  • Used in the proper context, the expectation of a major sound is so strong that this voicing will still be perceived as having a major quality.

Can you think of some others? Other than that, don’t try to explain it… Just enjoy it!

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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