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I need a good illustrated book for Jazz Chords.

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by Digiplay, Apr 20, 2021.

  1. Digiplay

    Digiplay Tele-Afflicted

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    I play by ear (I can play a chord if I know what the name of the chord is), and I'm using jazz chords on many of my original songs that are written on a keyboard.


    My best friend, who has been playing guitar for 50+ years, doesn't look forward to playing the rhythm guitar chords on many of my originals, as they are, in his words, "Steely Dan Chords" :)


    As I play by ear, it's fairly easy to find the notes on the guitar fretboard that are the inversions I'm wanting, as I tend to avoid the low E and A strings (I believe they tend to muddy up the mix, so I'm usually only playing 3 or four notes).


    FWIW, I like my guitar rhythm parts to be complementary to the arrangement, which I tell him is a conversation between the musicians, and it hard to understand what one is saying if everyone is "talking" at the same time :)


    Regardless, as I'm using chords such as B6/9 sus4, B aug b9, B aug7 b9, is there a good illustrated chord book that will show me jazz chords with all their inversions?
     
  2. JRapp

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    Ted Greene's book 'Chord Chemistry' should cover all the inversions you can handle.
     
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    I googled your first example and got this
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    So...google?
     
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  5. Digiplay

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    Will it also show photos of the chords/inversions JRapp?
     
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    I know about Google blowtorch, but it doesn't usually show all the different inversions.


    Which makes me ask this question :)


    Are there many chords that have only, say 3 inversions?
     
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    I remember there being a Mickey Baker jazz chords/method book ( old, but I think kind of a 'standard')

    A bass player lent his to me, but I just did not understand- lack of discipline on my part...
     
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  8. blowtorch

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    Ahhhh, missed the "all the inversions" bit- my bad. Sorry bout that
     
  9. JRapp

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    It has illustrations. Of course, there are other inversions/forms for altered chords but Greene's book shows quite a few. A comprehensive book with photos/illustrations for all inversions of all altered chords probably does not exist.
     
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    I use The Gig Bag Book of Picture chords for All Guitarists.Chord diagram and photo of the fingering placement.
     
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    The JazzGuitar Onlline site is pretty good, jazzguitar.be.

    https://www.jazzguitar.be/blog/jazz-guitar-chord-dictionary/
    https://www.jazzguitar.be/blog/jazz-guitar-chord-dictionary/#basic
    https://www.jazzguitar.be/blog/jazz-chord-exercises/
    ... etc.

    The 'drop 2' chords are common.
    https://www.jazzguitar.be/blog/drop-2-chords/

    There are also 'drop 3' voicings:
    https://www.jazzguitar.be/blog/drop-3-chords-and-inversions/

    Arnie Berle's FretBoard Basics book (compilation of his Guitar Player columns) is very good, too.
     
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    In addition to a good book, you might want to check out the Chord House website. You'll have to build your own inversions, but the right voicing always depends on what goes before and after a given chord anyway.
     
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    I use several of the "chord finder" apps and online engines. I can't recall which has the most inversions but several will populate the fretboard with all the notes in whatever chord...and often as numbered tones (1st, 3rd, 9th, add, etc.). With that, you can pretty much figure out the inversion being used. Some will ask you which inversion you want.
     
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    In answer to how many inversions, triads have three different notes available to place on the bottom of the voicing, the root, the third, or the fifth. Root on bottom is called root position (not an inversion), third on bottom is called 1st inversion, 5th on bottom is called 2nd inversion. When you have four note chords it adds one more inversion, 7th on bottom is called 3rd inversion. To fond out how many inversions a chord has is easy if the chord is five different notes with no doubling then it would have one root position and four inversions. Inversions are named by what note is in the lowest voice, voicing refers to where the other notes are located in the chord shape, Root position can still have many different available voicings all with the root in the low voice.
     
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    How about if the chord is five different notes WITH doubling?

    Jerry

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    Thanks for the info gtroates!
     
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    Google Blowtorch? Heck yeah, tell us more.
     
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    Jerry,
    Doubled notes aren’t considered additional chord tones, they are octave doublings of an existing chord tone. Inversions are named for what chord tone is the lowest note. If you start with the open C chord, CEGCE, that is still called a triad because the doubled notes are the same chord tones, two roots and two thirds.
     
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