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 Minor Triad…
- 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.