Jazz School: Chord Voicings: Minor Major 7

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An edgy, evocative alternative to a basic Cm triad… works great when used judiciously in certain minor jazz ballads

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

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A logical and musical next step is to invert the right hand, an important skill that serves at least two purposes:

  • In order to place the notes in a pleasing register (not too low where it can sound muddy and not too high where it can sound thin).
  • In order to smoothly connect with neighboring chords by voice-leading (lots more on this is subsequent lessons).

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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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