This week’s IROCKU Piano Tip looks at Chord Extensions. Chord Extensions are the notes outside of a chord that you can use to enhance the chord. The video begins by adding the dominant 7th note to a chord, and then adds the 9th along with showing the different chord inversions. We explore the 9th by raising it up a half step to the sharp 9th and by lowering it a half step to the flat 9th to add harmonic tension and funky variations to your chords. The video then introduces these chord extensions into a 12 bar jazz/blues progression in C:
The video goes through the progression using just dominant 7th chords, then using 9th chords and then adds in sharp 9ths and flatted 9ths to add even more color. The video ends with an introduction to quarter note walking bass lines that are created by outlining each chord and then leading to the next chord. This is an excellent video to expand your vocabulary of piano accompaniment techniques for playing with a singer or comping with a band.
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