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

Third in the series of commonly-used chord voicings for a C Dominant 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 3 and b7, so you can conceive this C7 voicing as Edim/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 twelve keys (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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