Magazine article Guitar Player

Hey Jazz Guy

Magazine article Guitar Player

Hey Jazz Guy

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Hey Jazz Guy,

How can I turn my cool rock chords into some sweet jazz changes?--Rockstar in Reno

Dear Rockstar,

Reharmonization is one of the hippest ways to alter a chord progression. Let's take some chords and follow their transition from pop rock to fiber-jazz. We will start with a progression using basic guitar voicings [Ex. 1]. The next thing to do is add 7ths to each chord [Ex. 2]. Then, substitute chords based on the cycle of 4ths [Ex. 3]. We're in 5/4 now to make room for the changes. In this case we will sub Dm7 for F and slip in an Em7 before Am7. This creates a cycle of 4ths progression in the bass (E, A, D, G). At this point we want to break the tonality of C major, [Ex. 4] by turning some of the minor chords into dominants (E7, D7). Now for the really fun part, adding the tensions. If we just take a sample of the spice rack [Ex. 5] (season to taste), we get some cool altered tensions (#9, [flat] 13) on the dominants, and lovely 9ths and 6ths on the major and minors. …

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