ii7-V7-IM7: Chord Voicings: V7,#9,b13

Note: You will also see this chord written as G7#5#9 but this spelling is theoretically incorrect. "#5" is more accurately described as "b13" for three interrelated reasons:

Because the V7 chord is so highly-charged harmonically, it allows for many variations in color tones. Here is one of those variations that may be used in a ii7-V7-IM7 cadence or ii7-V7 secondary dominant. Notice that the two definitive tones (Ti and Fa) are present... By the way, if you think that this voicing sounds and feels "bluesy", you are absolutely right... The two color tones are "disguised" blue notes (Li = Te and Ri = Me) in the key center Do!

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

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Inversion of above...

Don't fuss over how the chords are named or try to memorize the Solfege syllables. Just absorb the essence of the sound-feeling and the visio-spatial pattern on the keyboard.

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Now play the right hand above as a rootless left-hand voicing...

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Of course, you should transpose these voicings to all keys that you would like to master.