An extension of the Neighbor Chord concept is to play the prevailing triad, neighbor chord pair “melodically” up or down in all inversions. Here is an example applied to a C Minor Triad…

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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.
  • Experiment! 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 minor triads.

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