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Got No Roots?
February 28, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


This week's lesson is about a rootless (not ruthless) chord voicing for the left hand that I absolutely love! I use it all the time, especially for jazz but not so much for pop songs.

The voicing consists of playing the third, flatted seventh and ninth in the left hand. The cool part about this voicing is there is a short cut to constructing it. I mean, I know it's kind of a pain to think about what the flatted seventh and ninth are in a chord but I've got a trick up my sleeve!

You play the third with the pinky in your left hand, then imagine the root of the chord above that and play the notes that are one whole step above and below that root.

Let's take an example of a C7 chord. The left hand pinky will play the E note. The second finger will play Bb (one whole step below C) and the thumb will play D note (one whole step above C). Get it? Watch this video and you will!

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That's all for today, my friend. As I say in the video, to get the most out of this lesson, apply this technique to chords going around the circle of fifths. If you use it, you won't lose it, as they say!

Be well.

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