Chords Lesson

Jazz Shapes 2

Difficulty: advanced

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Let's review some common jazz chord shapes, this time using the same root of C, so it's easy to compare them.

Cmaj7

1324

Maj7 = 1 3 5 7

Cmaj7 = C E G B

C6

4231

6 = 1 3 5 6

C6 = C E G A

This shape omits the 5th (G), which is common.

C7

3241

7 = 1 3 5 b7

C7 = C E G Bb

This shape omits the 5th (G), which is common.

Cmin7

13121

Min7 = 1 b3 5 b7

Cmin7 = C Eb G Bb

Cmin6

3121

m6 = 1 b3 5 6

Cm6 = C Eb G A

This shape omits the 5th (G), which is common.

Cmin11

21341

Min11 = 1 b3 5 b7 9 11

Cmin11 = C Eb G Bb D F

This shape omits the 5th (G), which is common.

Cdim7

2314

Dim7 = 1 b3 b5 bb7

Cdim7 = C Eb Gb A

C13

21334

13 = 1 3 5 b7 9 11 13

C13 = C E G Bb D F A

This shape omits the 5th (G) and 11th (F). In upper extension shapes, it is common to leave notes out, ensuring we include the top extension note, in this case 13 (A).

C 6/9

21134

6/9 = 1 3 5 6 9

C 6/9 = C E G A D

This shape omits the 5th (G), which is common.

Cmin7b5

1324

(half-diminished 7th)

min7b5 = 1 b3 b5 b7

Cmin7b5 = C Eb Gb Bb