Jazz School: Chord Voicings: Dominant 7 “Root Plus Definitive Tones”

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Playing the root plus the two definitive tones (3,b7) as an arpeggio in the left hand provides a nice accompaniment pattern for many styles of jazz…

The 1-3-b7 Pattern

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The 1-b7-3 Pattern

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Homework

Using your ears and knowledge of scales and chord structure, “transpose” this voicing to all spellings in three musically-useful patterns:

  1. Chromatically Ascending: C > Db > D > Eb > E > F > Gb > G > Ab > A > Bb > B > C.
  2. Chromatically Descending: C > B > Bb > A > Ab > G > Gb > F > E > Eb > D > Db > C.
  3. Cycle of Dominants: C > F > Bb > Eb > Ab > Db > Gb > B > E > A > D > G > C.

Doing so will develop an enormous chord vocabulary that you will know by eye, ear, arm, hand, finger, brain, and heart… laying a rock solid foundation for fluent improvisation.

learn more… Jazz School: Chord Voicings: Dominant 7, add 9

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