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Jazz School: Chord Voicings: Major 7 Left Hand Block

A logical and musical next step is play the most basic voicing for a C Major Seventh chord in our left hand in block form…

Doing so frees your right hand to play a melody or improvise.

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Homework

Use your ears and knowledge of scales and chord structure to “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 helps to develop an enormous chord vocabulary, one that you will know intimately in many ways: by brain, by eye, by ear, by finger, by body, and by heart… and builds a solid foundation for fluent improvisation.

learn more… Jazz Chords: Major 7 Left Hand Shell

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