Jazz chord progressions – lesson 3
The third lesson will present a new chord type that is seen a lot in jazz: the 13th chord. In a jazz context, Bb13 is generally more popular than Bb7 (6X676X) when the root is on the 6th string. The progression will once again be based on the ii - V - I structure.
Fm7 | Bb13 | Ebmaj7 | Ebmaj7
1st bar | 2nd bar | 3rd bar | 4th bar
Repeats: 5 times
Time signature: 3/4
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These four-note voicings are all very common chord choices for jazz guitarists.
Alternative chords diagrams
If you find some of the voicings presented above difficult (especially Fm7 can be hard), three-string shell voicings can be used. Notice that the Fm7 and Ebma7 three-string voicings has other fingerings compared to the minor 7th and major 7th voicings presented in Lesson 1 – both shapes are movable and can be used.
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