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Rhythm changes and jazz chords voicings

Posted on April 16, 2013

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  • April 16, 2013

    Wayne Knazek

    Nice changes!

    It’d be nice if you’d include a chord chart.

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  • April 16, 2013

    Jon

    Interesting lesson. Do Jazz progressions typically include a cord for each of the scale tones? For example: the 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 & octave tones? Or is this lesson more of a practice format?

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    • April 19, 2013

      john mcminn

      you have to learn melodic minor modes to figure how to substitute and overlap keys because the IV an V chords are dominant you can over lap patterns for different ideas .

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  • April 16, 2013

    Gary

    I love what you just did using all of those wonderful chordal jazz voicings. My questions is, “Where do you use them and how do you develop the chordal vocings to use?” I’m a Blues guitarist and although I use a few of the jazz chords here-and-there, what I’d really like to be able to do is to use a set of chordal jazz voicings to “transfer” up/down to the next chord in a Blues sequence. Most dominantly the I-IV-V [and their minior versions] voicings. Thanks

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  • April 16, 2013

    Will

    Thanx Jon. Looking to step into some new challenges. Appreciate the inspiration to stretch out with your great ideas.

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  • April 16, 2013

    Cesar

    I like those cords, I know it’s going to take me a while but i’m going to save you.

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  • April 16, 2013

    David

    Great presentation and chord technique!

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  • April 16, 2013

    Tom Autry

    Jon, thanks for the demonstration. I use some of the same chords you are playing here, but being somewhat of a novice to jazz chords and progressions it is good to be able to put a nominclature to my chords. I printed the tabs. Thanks again

    Tom

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  • April 16, 2013

    Tom Autry

    Claude, thanks for the link.

    Tom

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  • April 16, 2013

    Roy Greene

    Awesome lesson

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  • April 16, 2013

    Peter Bradley

    I take it you are muting the A string in the chords where it isn’t played?

    Love the sounds.

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  • April 16, 2013

    Richard Chism

    Cool sounds. What are you doing to mute the unused strings?

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  • April 16, 2013

    Steve

    Claude, this is “exactly” what I was referring to in my e-mail response to your earlier request for us, “Claudites” to submit to you our — “Wish List” — of things to hear, see and buy.

    I love progressions (reference my earlier response) and as a blues player, I’m hungry to take the next step in learning more about jazz — and — at the same time, integrating the jazz chords/progressions I’m learning with the blues I know. I love “ALL” of what you teach, post and mentor us with and this hits home with me.

    Take care my friend and I trust everything is working out with your new life (location) and wife.

    Steve

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    • April 17, 2013

      Vincent Smith

      Steve, just my take but it seems lots of folks don’t understand what a progression is. I am an old blues and Oldies rocker. Now, with blues the I, !V, V forms a progression or melody of its own. The V chord can be divided into a II mi. 7 and dominant 7 i.e. Dm7-G7 in the key of C. The Dm7 to G7 is a progression or melody of its own.

      Jazz takes the idea of “progressions” or melody a step further and divides each chord into a series of “sub” melodies. For instance, the “C” chord on a turn around my be divided into CM7, C#Dim, Dm7, EbDim, Em7 OR E7 and so on. . What is really happening is a progression of 1/2 steps. This is a progression or melody. When you work with a bass player who knows how to run 1/2 steps, the music is much more powerful and creates excitement in the room.

      I have found the master of this technique is Bucky Pizzarelli who plays a 7 string guitar and continually runs progressions with his thumb on his bass string. Great way to learn progressions. Just my take.

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      • April 18, 2013

        Steve

        Wow, that’s super instructive information Vincent and I appreciate you taking the time to convey this to me. I’m going to work on what you’ve provided and again, many — “Thanks!”

        Steve

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  • April 17, 2013

    Fred van Keulen

    This is very difficult to play. I find it sounds like some sort of jazz, which must be a friendly sort of music.

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  • April 17, 2013

    Les

    Nice one John!

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  • April 17, 2013

    Les

    Sorry Jon, spelt your name wrong!

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  • April 17, 2013

    Vincent Smith

    Nice changes. Caught Frank V. and Bucky P. at a local venue a few week ago. Lots of folks in their 20s and 30s, Think Jazz is making a comeback. By the way, Bucky Pizzarelli is in his 80s and still has great speed and a fantastic ear!

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  • April 18, 2013

    Freddy

    Most excelent….thankyou much

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  • April 18, 2013

    Carl Conatser

    I know all the cords you were playing but never hooked them together like that I like that very much, hope I can get some more vocings like that thanks for that.

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  • April 20, 2013

    tom

    Jon MacLennan is fun to listen to. He pumps out his chords in an orderly fashion. No surprise. I like him.

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  • April 29, 2013

    marvin

    very orderly and patient demo, if you can hear the changes and check with the tablature
    you will have the beginnings of some beautiful sounds…

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  • October 14, 2014

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