Jazz School: Chord Voicings: Minor 7 “Triad Over Root”

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Third in the series of commonly-used chord voicings for a C Minor Seventh chord…

Triad shapes, in and themselves, are intrinsically strong harmonic structures. In this case, the “triad” is formed by “the 5” and the definitive tones b3 and b7, so you can conceive this Cm7 voicing as Eb/C…

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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 possible spelling (recommended sequences: chromatically ascending, chromatically descending, and around the dominant cycle). 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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