Neighbor Chords are a great way to expand and embellish a single chord that is played for an extended length of time…
A commonly-used neighbor chord is “the IV” of the prevailing chord, as follows…
Think of the neighbor chord as an embellishment of the prevailing chord that gives a nice lilt to the rhythm. By the way, this device almost always works for the big three chords in a major key (I, IV, and V) and sometimes as an embellishment of Secondary Dominants as well.
- Don’t forget to swing the eighth notes!
- Notice that the back beats in the left hand are “ghosted”, more felt than heard.
- Use your knowledge of chord theory to work out this pattern for all twelve major triads.