Second in the series of commonly-used chord voicings for a C Dominant Seventh chord… 
If you are looking for a sparse, light, open texture, it can be quite effective to simply play the root and seventh of the chord in your left hand. Often referred to as a shell voicing, this approach provides lots of space and freedom for your right hand to play the melody or improvise without being hamstrung by a particular chord voicing…
piano-ology-jazz-school-chord-voicings-c-dominant-7-left-hand-shell-left-hand-1-flat7-notation.gif

(If you need a refresher on chord structure: Chord Structure: The Number System)

piano-ology-jazz-school-chord-voicings-c-dominant-7-left-hand-shell-left-hand-1-flat7-keyboard

Audio: please specify correct url


You still have HOMEWORK to do: Using your knowledge of scales and chord structure (and your ears of course), transpose these voicings 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.


If you learned something here today, please consider donating to support truly democratic education. And if a few dollars is beyond your means, please take a moment to comment on and “LIKE” the lessons that speak to you. Thanks and peace.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: