Category Archives: Chords

Mike Stern Chord Transcription: Like Someone in Love (pt.2)

As promised, here is the second part of “Like Someone in Love” Transcription from Mike Stern’s album Standards and other Songs. You may say to yourself, “Self, why did Rob make a separate post to the outro of the transcription?”. … Continue reading

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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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Major7#11: The Jazz Musician’s Ending Chord of Choice

Ok, I have no statistics to back up that headline. However, from listening to jazz for years and years, I do know that it is a very common chord choice for ending a tune. The Major 7 sharp 11 chord … Continue reading

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Soloing with Block Chords Part 6: Major

Good music should reflect life! Life has it’s ups and downs, happy and sad, rain and sunshine, winter and summer …tension and release. The beauty of anything is so much more vivid when seen in contrast to ugly. If I … 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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Wes Montgomery Chord Solo Transcription: ‘Round Midnight

With all the recent talk around here about block chords, I thought today we would go direct to the horses mouth, or should I say the master’s guitar. Wes Montgomery tastefully combines single lines, octaves, and block chords with incredible … 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 3: Half-Whole diminished

One of my favorite scales to use over a dominant chord is the half-whole diminished. The symmetrical nature of this scale really lends itself to block chords. (half-step, whole step, half, whole, etc.). The tensions that we get over a … Continue reading

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