For a very open and hip sound, try this two-fisted voicing in perfect fourths with three notes in each hand…
It may seem intimidating at first, but the pattern is quite simple: root at the top of a six-note stack where each note is a perfect fourth apart. Notice that it includes every note in the major scale except the highly dissonant “4”…
Using your ears and knowledge of scales and chord structure, “transpose” this voicing to all spellings in three musically-useful patterns:
- Chromatically Ascending: C > Db > D > Eb > E > F > Gb > G > Ab > A > Bb > B > C.
- Chromatically Descending: C > B > Bb > A > Ab > G > Gb > F > E > Eb > D > Db > C.
- 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 ear, intellect, eye, and muscle… laying a rock solid foundation for fluent improvisation.