Tables & Charts
Explanation of Table Colors:
|xyz||Chord Tones: 1 = tonic, 2 = 2nd, b3 = Minor 3rd etc|
|xyz||Basic Chord Tone: ie 2-3 = must be part of a 2 or 3 note chord|
|xyz||Alternate Basic Chord Tone: ie 4-5 = can be part of a 4 or 5 note chord.|
|xyz||Added Tension: ie 5-6 = appears in 5 or 6 note harmonies.|
|xyz||Rarely Added Tension: creates clash or negates basic chord purpose.|
PLEASE NOTE: All examples are based on the bass/root note "F".
Voicings are mainly in close position but can of course be used in many different ways.
Audio plays chords from left to right, once arpeggiated without bass note and then as written.
|HALF DIMINISHED CHORDS:|
|Minimum notes required for identification of sound: 4 | maximum up to 7.
Chord Symbol variations used: Most common is the small circle with a line through it or "min7b5".
Scale for Impro: Locrian or Locrian #2 if 9th is used.
|Minimum notes required for identification of sound: 4 | maximum up to 8.
Chord Symbol variations used: Most common is the circle (+ the number 7) or "dim" ("dim7").
Officially the circle and dim are for the 3-note chord and the other 2 for the 4-note version. Personally I have never taken too much notice of that.
Scale for Impro: Diminished or Whole-tone/Half-tone scale (easy to learn, because there are only 3 due to it's symmetrical structure.
A diminished chord in the right place is magic,
it flows like silk to where ever it goes,
but too many tensions will make it sound tragic,
so be selective when adding those.
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