Jazz School: [Major] ii7-V7-IM7 Etude: ii7,9-V7,9-IM7,9 Chord Voicings

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Lesson Goal: To master common-practice ii9-V9-IM9 chord voicings in all keys…

In order to achieve a jazzier sound, it is customary to add color tones to the basic seventh chords. A standard way to do so is to add “the 9” to each chord in the progression as follows:

  • Dm7 (D F A C) + E = Dm9 (D F A C E)
  • G7 (G B D F) + A = G9 (G B D F A).
  • CM7 (C E G B) + D = CM9 (C E G B D).

Variation #1 in the key of C Major (notice that all the roots are dropped in the right hand)…

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Now play the right hand above as a rootless left-hand voicing, leaving your right hand free to play the melody or improvise…

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Variation #2 in the key of C Major (notice that all the roots have been dropped in the right hand)…

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Now play the right hand above as a rootless left-hand voicing, leaving your right hand free to play the melody or improvise…

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Homework: Using your knowledge of the major scales and chord structure (and your ears of course), play this pattern in all keys around the cycle of dominants: C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A D, G…

Aside: Is anybody interested in the notation for all keys?

Learning by doing in this manner will build an enormous scale and chord vocabulary that integrates visio-spatial keyboard awareness, ear training, technique, and rhythm… and lays a rock solid foundation for fluent improvisation.

learn more… ii7-V7-IM7 Etude: ii9-V13-IM9 Chord Voicings

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