Jazz School: Chord Voicings: Major 7 "Triad Over Root"

Triad shapes, in and of themselves, are intrinsically strong harmonic structures. A commonly-used voicing for a Major Seventh Chord is to play the root in your left hand and the triad formed by the 3, 5, and 7 in your right.

One might conceive of this CM7 voicing as Em/C…



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 Root Plus Definitive Tones

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