Gospel: Neighbor Chord Melody

Neighbor chords are a great way to expand and embellish a single chord that is played for an extended length of time. Think of the neighbor chord as "the ii" of the prevailing harmony and play the neighbor on the upbeats.


Let's expand a Major Triad

Here, the prevailing harmony is C major. The neighbor chord is Dm ("the ii")...

Gospel: Neighbor Chord Melody

Notice that each chord pair (C-Dm) has three characteristic "shapes", a particular shape for each of the three inversions.

Feel free to play just bits and pieces or change direction or play in different rhythms to suit your own taste.


Let's expand a Minor Triad

Here, the prevailing harmony is C minor. The neighbor chord is Dm ("the ii"), which is identical to the above for C major!

Gospel: Neighbor Chord Melody

Again, notice that each chord pair (Cm-Dm) has three characteristic "shapes", a particular shape for each of the three inversions.

Feel free to play bits and pieces, change direction, or play in different rhythms to suit the particular context.