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Change the order of the notes in your chords and change up your sound.

Beginner

Beginner

• Learn how to define a chord inversion.

• Apply inversions to your favorite chord patterns. • Add more interest to your progressions.

• Add more interest to your progressions.

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It's easy to fall into the trap of playing chords in the same, predictable way. But if we realize that a chord is just a collection of notes, we can easily and musically change how we stack those notes for new sounds. We call these chord "inversions," because we are… wait for it… inverting the notes in the chord.

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No matter the context, the arpeggio is the easiest and clearest way to outline harmony. I’ll prove it.

Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Learn different arpeggio fingerings.
• Apply arpeggio voicings in stylized riffs.
• Construct arpeggio lines for jazz improvisation. Click here to download a printable PDF of this lesson's notation.

I have been enamored with arpeggios for many years. They are the most direct way to spell out the harmony and provide smooth connections between chords. Using upper extensions, arpeggios can even create chords on top of chords. For example, a G13b9 contains an E major triad.

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Investigate one of the most under-appreciated elements of Gypsy jazz by grabbing a fistful of new chord shapes and ideas.

Intermediate

Intermediate

• Learn 3- and 4-note chord voicings based on Django Reinhardt's timeless style.
• Understand the basic rhythm of la pompe.
• Apply savvy voice-leading techniques to rhythm parts.

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Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) was a visionary jazz guitarist. He fused the sounds of his Romani Gypsy folk heritage with the popular swing music of the 1930s to create a unique and exciting style now commonly referred to as "Gypsy swing" or "Gypsy jazz."

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