Simplifying Jazz Chords

2019-01-12T12:54:19+00:00March 1st, 2015|Categories: Music Theory For Bass Guitar|6 Comments

This lesson shows how you can simplify those big jazz chords and break them down to the core seventh chords or triads. This can be really helpful in negotiating progressions while playing walking basslines or playing chords on bass when there are less notes available over 4 strings.

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  1. Douglas Palmeter March 1, 2015 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    The information alone really helpful! About the time I began playing bass over a year ago, my friend, an equally motivated acoustic guitar player,
    was doing real well getting the basic “bank” of chords down. Songs with those fancy extensions we thought about trying got tossed aside, “add9” huh?

    Many, many moons from now, we might we ready to tackle and enjoy the added spice these chords offer..but for now, it’s “simplify”. Thank You Mark!

  2. Martin March 2, 2015 at 2:57 am - Reply

    Hi Mark, Great lesson. You explain everything so clearly. Well done again. I’m really looking forward to your coarse on sight reading. Cheers

  3. Tak March 2, 2015 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    I’ve been waiting for this a long time. Great job Mike. Be blessed

  4. Eivind March 8, 2015 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Hi Mark, Great lesson again!

    When creating walkingbass lines. Do you then normaly use these extended notes?

    • MarkJSmith March 9, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Start with the chord tones then look to include the extended notes. There are no rules as to what you include. You develop and ear and a vocabulary but the extended notes are a part of that vocabulary. So yes, you do include them in the lines if you’re looking to include scale notes/non chord tones.

  5. Josh Mamuya November 27, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Hey Mark, I real understand you clearly I’ve been learning your bass guitar chords lessons and now I’m learning appergios but I’m lost on that please help me. I’m a new member. thanks in advance.

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