Bucky Pizzarelli foundational cadence chords for melodic playing, great for that next jazz step

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  1. ASATKat

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    Bucky Pizzarelli, his great book The Creative Guitarist was discontinued way back in the early 70s sadly, fortunately I have a copy in very good shape, and I'd like to share some of this wonderful information with you all, every time the opportunity arises I talk about this book. I see pretty much all the pro jazz guitarists use these chords a lot because they are easy to work with and they sound great so this isn't really Bucky's discovery, he just organized it in a very cool way. A great step into jazz for beginning to advanced players.

    WHY DID THIS BOOK EVER GET D/C'd?

    Bucky had this concept for chord melody and jazz comping chords. He used what he called the "three cadence chords", Bucky calls them "cadence chords" because the low notes spell the triad of the chord you're playing. In the case of Cmaj7 the basic triad is C E G so those are the low cadence notes,

    Cmaj7. . . . Cmaj9 . . . . . Cmaj7
    --------------------------------------------------
    -5-------------------8-----------------12-----
    -4-------------------7------------------9------
    --------------------------------------------------
    -3-C----------------7-E--------------10-G
    --------------------------------------------------

    There are two fingerings that work well with each of the three cadence chords, here's what one chord looks like, the left side and the right side,

    #1 chord fingering and available notes
    ------------------------------------------0-1-3-5
    p--5----------------------------0-1-3------------
    r---4----------------------0-2---------------------
    ------------------0-2-3----------------------------
    m-3--------3--------------------------------------
    ------------------------------------------------------

    #2 chord fingering and available notes
    --------------------------------------------3-5-7-8
    p--5-----------------------------3-5-6------------
    m-4-----------------------4-5---------------------
    --------------------3-5-7---------------------------
    I---3----3-5-7-------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------

    Cm7 and C7 cadence chords later.
    enjoy =)
     
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    C7

    ---------------------------------------
    p--5--------------8--------------11
    m-3--------------7---------------9
    ---------------------------------------
    i---3--------------7--------------10
    ---------------------------------------

    Cm7
    ----------------------------------
    4--------------8-------------11
    3--------------7--------------8
    -----------------------------------
    3--------------6-------------10
    -----------------------------------

    The chord fingerings are similar as in the maj7 chord but with the 7ths and 3rds lowered.

    C7
    left
    ----------------------------------0-1-3
    p-----------------------0-1-3
    r------------------0-2
    ----------0-2-3
    m----3-
    -------

    right
    -----------------------------------------3-5-6-8
    p------------------------------3-5-6
    m----------------------3-5
    ----------------3-5-7
    i------3-5-7
    -------

    Cm7 (dorian)

    left
    ------------------------------------0-1-3
    p----------------------------1-3
    r--------------------0-2-3
    ------------0-1-3
    m------3
    ---------

    right

    ------------------------------------------3-5-6-8
    p----------------------------------5-6
    r--------------------------3-5-7
    ------------------3-5-7
    m------3-5-6
    ---------

    Finger notes as you see fit for the moment.

    Put the melody first, the chord can be sparsely "punched" in as an accompany chord or comp chord.

    more to come, so much more,
     
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    Body And Soul example,

    comping chords
    Ebm7..Bb7..Ebm7..Ab7..Dbmaj7..Ebm7..Fm7 ..Fb°7..Ebm7
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    ---7-----6-----7-----4-------6-------7------9------8----7
    ---6-----5-----6-----3-------5-------6------8------6----6
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    ---6-----5-----6-----3-------4-------6------8------7----6
    -----------------------------------------------------------------

    melody,
    ------------------------------6--6--------------------
    -7---4-6-4-6--4-3-4---7------4---7-6--4--6
    -6------------5-------------6------3--------------5
    --------------------------------------------------------
    -6------------5-------------6------3--------------4
    --------------------------------------------------------

    5am, ready for sleep now,
     
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    More Body and Soul,

    -------4-6-4--6-----------11--9--8---------
    -6)-------------7--9-8-9---9--8--7--11---
    -5)-------------6-------------8--6--6--10---
    ---------------------------------------------------
    -4)-------------6-------------8--7--6----9--
    ---------------------------------------------------

    -----9--6----------------------------------------6-------
    -7--------7-------6---4---2--2-4-6-9---9----5---2---
    -6-----------------3---2---1-----------6---------3---1---
    --------------8-------------------------------------------------
    -6-----------------3---3---1-----------6---------3---1---
    -----------------------------------------------------------------

    --
    -3
    -1
    --
    -1
    --
    end of A1 & A2 sections.
     
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    The C major scale harmonized with
    "automatic fingering" that means the same three fingers play all these chords so you can pluck once and slide to other chords without lifting any fingers.

    C major scale

    Cmaj7 Dm7 Em7 Fmaj7 G7 Am7 Bm7b5
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    p---5-------6------8------10-----12--13------15
    m--4-------5------7--------9-----10--12------14
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    I----3-------5------7--------8-----10--12------14
    -----------------------------------------------------------

    I love these chords, they changed the whole chord game for me.
     
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    Sorry you can't sleep but much thanks for this post. Very similar to the Jackie King post. Good stuff.
     
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    Lol, I slept better last night, thanks.
    It's similar because it's all sort of the same thing. Bigger chord forms that can be reduced and simplified. For example the 5th is omitted in the 3 note chords I wrote out. The 5th is the first note that can be tossed out to simplify.

    Why? Because we already hear it like it's instinct. Play a Johnny Cash C chord then turn that chord into C7, did you miss the 5th being omited?

    C. . . . . C7
    --------------
    -1----------1
    -0----------3
    -2----------2
    -3----------3
    ---------------

    I don't miss it.
     
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