Tag Archives: Chord Substitution

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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Wes Montgomery Chord Solo Transcription: Unit 7

Today’s transcription comes from Montreal Jazz guitarist Pat Mahoney. A high energy chord solo from one of Wes Montgomery’s Best recordings: Smokin at the Half Note with the Wynton Kelly Trio. This is a great study in block chords. Actually … Continue reading

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Jazz Comping using three note voicings on Guitar

Introducing the meat and potato voicings. I thought I would share with you a true Swiss army knife of comping chords. Decades ago, when I first started learning jazz, these were the first voicings I learned. I still use them … Continue reading

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Jazz up your minor Blues

10 roads through a minor blues Today I thought I would extend my last post Jazz up your blues, and turn my attention to minor blues. One great way to get these new changes into you head, is to use … Continue reading

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Jazz up your Blues

I thought about calling this post ”Introduction to Non-diatonic (Chromatic) Chord Substitution by Adding root movement”, but ”Jazz up you blues” sounded so much sexier. So today’s jazzing up is all about transforming a simple 12 bar blues. Make no … Continue reading

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