Another Chord Voicing Notebook.
Today I will explore 20 chord passages that outline Minor 2-5-1 progressions (Dmin7♭5-G7-Cmin7). Everything is in the key of Cminor, so it is up to you to transpose to all the keys.
Here are some ideas on how to work through the material.
- Please refer to my examples in the major 2-5-1 post for more details and ideas. You can find it here.
- Take it slow. Better to choose a couple of examples, work them in all keys, and get them into your playing, instead of trying to memorize them all. There is a lot of information here!
- Use a metronome or backing tracks supplied at the bottom of the page.
- Improvise into and out of the example you are working on. It helps a great deal to practice getting into and out of new material in a musical context. Integration of the material is paramount!
- These chords are not written with rhythms. Be sure to add rhythms. Otherwise they sound boring and dead. A great source for rhythmic inspiration is: Jerry Bergonzi: Melodic Rhythms Book-Inside Improvisation Vol. 4
- When working on a voicing, try to move it to other string groups.
- Try connecting 2 minor chords, then 2 dom7 chords and finally 2 major chords, to create melody in your comp.
- Try comping through all keys and sticking to roughly the same position on the guitar.
- Keep a notebook of your favorite voicings. Work out variations, mix and match.
- Finally, practice these voicings over tunes. These are the fakebooks I use:
The New Real Book, Volume 1
The New Real Book, Volume 2
The New Real Book, Volume 3
The Raw Material
min251_inCmin_2bar_100bossa.mp3| Dmin7♭5-G7| Cmin7 | Basically a minor 2 5 1 in the key of Cmin with only bass and drums. Use this Mp3 to audition the voicings, but move to all keys ASAP. 100BPM, Bossa Nova Style
min251_inCmin_4bar_120swing.mp3| Dmin7♭5 | G7 | Cmin7 | Cmin7 | Also minor 2 5 1 in the key of Cmin, but extended over 4 bars. 120BPM, Swing style
min251_cycle_2bar_100_bossa.mp3| Dm7♭5 G7 | Cmin7 | Gm7♭5 C7 | Fmin7 | Cm7♭5 F7 | Bbmin7 | etc. 2-5-1 Backing track around the cycle. 100BPM in Bossa Nova style
min251_cycle_4bar_120swing.mp3| Dm7♭5| G7 | Cmin7 | Cmin7 |Gm7♭5| C7 | Fmin7 | Fmin7 | Cm7♭5 | F7 | Bbmin7 | Bbmin7 |etc. Minor 2-5-1 backing track over 4 bars around the cycle. 120BPM in Swing style.
Note:If you are unsure of what a cycle is, or can’t seem to follow chord progressions above, let me know and I can whip together something to help. It is really important that you have fluency in all keys with these voicings.
Mel Bay Mel Bay’s Complete Book of Harmony, Theory & Voicing for Guitar: I have had this book for a while now. Every time I open it I learn something new. 3 thumbs up
Mel Bay Complete Book of Harmonic Extensions for Guitar: This works in conjunction with the Complete Book of Harmony, Theory & Voicing. Great examples of the concepts. Wouldn’t think of having one without the other.
Chord Chemistry: The late great Ted Greene! His books full of information. I have had the Chord Chemistry book for at least 20 years. It is filled with treasures and I will probably be referring to it for another 20. A Classic.