Gospel School: Neighbor Chord Melody (Major)


An extension of the Neighbor Chord concept is to play the prevailing triad and neighbor chord pair “melodically” up or down in all inversions…

Here’s an example applied to a C Major Triad…


Study-Practice Notes:

  • Think of the neighbor chord as “the ii” of the prevailing chord.
  • Notice that each of the three chord pairings has a characteristic triad “shape”.
  • Notice that the prevailing harmony is played on downbeats and the neighbor is played on the upbeats.
  • Play in bits and pieces, change direction, or play in different rhythms to suit your own taste.
  • Use your chord theory know-how to work out this pattern for all twelve major triads.

learn more… Gospel School: Neighbor Chord Melody (Minor)