Jazz Chord Voicings: Dominant 7, add 9

A way to get a jazzier sound is to add color tones to the basic seventh chord. Let's drop the most expendable note (the "1") from the right hand and add the color tone "9"(2)...

jazz chord voicings


Now play the right hand above as a rootless voicing in the left hand. Rootless voicings are a great way to comp when playing with a bass player who has the roots of the chords already covered. Furthermore, these rootless voicings are strong enough to stand on their own even without a bass player!

jazz chord voicings

Study-Practice: Using your knowledge of scales and chord structure (and your ears of course), transpose these voicings to all twelve keys, building an immense chord vocabulary... a vocabulary that integrates visio-spatial, aural, and kinesthetic awareness!


Here is an inversion of the above. Having such inversions in your bag is important for at least two reasons:

jazz chord voicings


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

jazz chord voicings

Study-Practice: Using your knowledge of scales and chord structure (and your ears of course), transpose these voicings to all twelve keys, building an immense chord vocabulary... a vocabulary that integrates visio-spatial, aural, and kinesthetic awareness!