Take That Piano Chord Voicing To Different Levels

Learn It By Using It

Learning new piano chord voicing sounds is a lot of fun. However, it’s when you actually take the time to apply that new voicing by incorporating it in your songs that you can say you really know it.

In addition, many of those voicings can be applied in a number of different ways. For example, let’s take that first 9th chord voicing we focused on in Lesson #1 of ProProach...

This is a 1-7-3-5-9 voicing for Cmaj9. C and B is played with the left hand while E, G, and D is played with the right. This very easily and conveniently accommodates a D melody note, this note being the 9th of the chord.

Fragment It

Does this mean that this chord voicing is of no use if the melody note is different? Of course not. If the melody note that you are harmonizing is lower than D, simply fragment the voicing. So, if the melody note is G, simply play the 1-7-3-5 to accommodate that note. If your melody note is A, the same applies. With the lower E as your melody note, simply take the G off the top.

By the way, in any of the above scenarios in which that 9 is not your melody note, you certainly have the option of playing it an octave lower (in other words, just below the E). Doing this results in a different harmonic result, since you now have a 2nd interval created with that D and E being played right next to each other. This makes for a little dissonance which is conducive to a bit more of a contemporary sound.

So, you see, the original voicing we started with has actually lended itself to becoming a whole lot more.

Look for more musical opportunities in various songs where you have a major 7 chord and a 3, 5, or 9 as the melody note as we had above. By doing so, you’ll be acquainting yourself with that voicing like never before!