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  • Modes of the Major Scale and Related Chords - Guitar Infographic

    This infographic provide guitar shapes that will help you to make the link between the seven modes of the major scale and their related drop 2 and drop 3 chords.

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  • Dominant 7 Chord Altered Extensions - Guitar Infographic

    Dominant 7 Chord Altered Extensions - Guitar Infographic

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  • Extended Major 7th Chords | Guitar Diagrams & Voicings

    Major 7th chord extensionsIf the basic sound of jazz is based on tetrad chords (aka four-note chords), it is common to extend them with other tones. These other notes form the upper structure of a chord which includes 9th, 11th and 13th. Adding extensions to chords help to get off the beaten tracks and provides some new harmonic colors to your playing (chord soloing, comping, and arrangement). This lesson provides you useful extended major 7th chord shapes to apply to your playing.

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  • How to Play Minor and Major 6 chords on Guitar | 24 Diagrams and Voicings

    6 chordsMajor 6 and minor 6 chords are often used in place of major 7 and minor 7 chords when comping over jazz standards. That's why it is very important to be able to play them on the guitar neck. There are two main types of chords that contains a sixth, M6 and m6. These chords are made up of 4 notes and built with the interval patterns :

    • R-3-5-6 for the major 6 chords.
    • R-b3-5-6 for the minor 6 chords.

    In this post you will see how to play these major 6 and minor 6 chords (root and inverted positions) using 24 guitar diagrams and voicing charts.

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  • There Will Never Be Another You - Jazz Guitar Chord Lesson

    There will never be another you - Guitar chord study"There Will Never Be Another You" is a popular song by Harry Warren (music) and Mack Gordon (lyrics). It is one of the most known jazz standards and an indispensable study for any jazz guitarist. This jazz guitar comping lesson provides you different chord voicings (drop 2, inverted, rootless and extended chords) on the top four strings of the guitar to comp over this jazz tune. By the way, it will also give you some new ideas to support harmonically a soloist. Indeed, you may even try to apply these chord voicings to the tunes you are used to playing.

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  • 15 Jazz Guitar Chords For Beginners

    15 basic jazz guitar chordsHere are 15 important jazz guitar chord positions that every beginning jazz guitar student must know. They are grouped into five families : 

    • Major seventh chords (Maj7)
    • Minor seventh (m7)
    • Dominant 7th (7)
    • Half diminished / minor seventh flat fifth (m7b5)
    • Diminished 7th (dim7)

    How Chords Are Built ?

    Chords can be built with a root (1), a minor (b3) or a major third (3), a fifth which can be perfect (5), diminished (b5) or augmented (#5) and a seventh, which can be major (7), minor (b7) or diminished (bb7). 

      minor major perfect diminished augmented
    Root          
    Third O O      
    Fifth     O O O
    Seventh O O   O  

     

    Generally speaking, chords are constructed by stacking thirds (minor and major). Here is a summary chart about the construction of the main types of chords.

    Minor seventh (m7) 1 b3 5 b7
    Major seventh (M7) 1 3 5 7
    Dominant seventh (7) 1 3 5 b7
    Half diminished (m7b5) 1 b3 b5 b7
    Diminished seventh (dim7) 1 b3 b5 bb7

     

    You will find below 15 guitar fretboard diagrams with formula charts related to these chords. Three positions for each type of chord. One with the root on the sixth string, one with the root on the fifth and one with the root on the fourth string. 

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