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Common Tone Substitutions of the Harmonized Major Scale

Common tone substitution is a must have tool in your comping tool box. It is fairly straight forward and is easily incorporated, giving you exponentially more options of chord voicings to choose from. Every chord has other diatonic chords sharing … Continue reading

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Line Cliché, Chromatic Cliché or C.E.S.H. Voicings.

The term CESH (Contrapuntal Elaboration of Static Harmony) scared the bejesus out of me when I first read it. The what of what? After I initially balked at the language, I found the idea to be both familiar and usable. … Continue reading

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Soloing with Block Chords Part 5: Altered Dominant

The ability to find new applications for old material is one of the greatest musical endeavors you can undertake. I had a teacher tell me one time that I already knew all the jazz vocabulary I ever needed, but I … Continue reading

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Soloing with Block Chords Part 4: Whole Tone Scale

As I peered through the bushes the purple monkey driving a tractor spotted me. I knew I was in trouble when he climbed down asked me for a banana…”cue whole-tone dream sequence music”…”fade to black” Today we will be exploring … Continue reading

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22 Ideas for comping over 1-6-2-5 progressions

Today I would like to offer you 22 voicings that outline a 1 6 2 5 progression (ex. Cmaj7 – Am7 – Dm7 – G7). This is perhaps the most common chord progression ever know to man/woman. This is also … Continue reading

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Soloing with Block Chords: Part 2 (Unaltered Dominant)

“Gimme some block chords, Red” – Miles Davis If you listen carefully to the beginning of “You’re My Everything” on the album Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, you can hear Miles stop Red Garland’s intro and tell him to … Continue reading

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Chord Soloing with Block Chords:Part 1(Minor Chords)

In our quest for chord soloing freedom, I thought I would jump right into the deep end and begin a series of articles about harmonizing melodies. This harmonization is sometimes called block chords. The term “Block chords” is borrowed from … Continue reading

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30 Ideas for comping over Major 2-5-1 progressions

A Chord Voicing Notebook. Here it is. Plain and simple. 30 chord passages that outline Major 2-5-1 progressions. Everything is in the key of C, so it is up to you to transpose to all the keys. Here are some … Continue reading

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