Jazz School: Chord Voicings: Minor 7 Root Plus Definitive Tones

Fourth in the series of chord voicings for a C Minor Seventh chord…

The so-called definitive tones for a minor 7th chord are “the b3” and “the b7”, so called because they define the chord type. Playing the root plus these two tones as an arpeggio in the left hand is a great accompaniment pattern for ballads…

The 1-b3-b7 Pattern

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The 1-b7-b3 Pattern

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Note: Feel free to play with both hands.

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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