Voice Leading for Guitar: Moving Through the Changes

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(Berklee Labs). Just knowing how to play a chord is never enough to make good music. Voice leading moving individual chord voices smoothly from one chord to the next is an essential skill for jazz guitarists. This book/CD pack by Berklee associate professor of guitar John Thomas shows you how to voice lead both chord tones and tensions, and will help you add a new level of sophistication to your music. This book is designed for intermediate to advanced guitar players. The accompanying CD features jazz tunes, blues and rhythm changes that you can play along with.
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Table of Contents

Introduction v
CD Track List vi
Rules of the (Fret)Board viii
Chapter 1 Harmony Review and Introduction to Voice Leading 1
Harmony Review 1
Voice Leading in Action: Simple Chord Families on the Guitar Neck 3
Voice Leading Chord Tones and Tensions 4
Other Smooth Moves: Parallel Movement 8
Drop-2 Voicings 9
Chapter 2 Major II/V/I Progressions 12
II/V/I Practice Guide 12
Practicing II/V/I Progressions 13
How to Work with Comping Rhythms 15
Comping Rhythms 16
II-7/V7/IMaj7 Progressions 18
Chapter 3 Minor II/V/I Progressions 47
II-7([flat]5)/V7([flat]9)/I-7 Progressions 48
Chapter 4 Practice Tunes and Rhythms 85
"None of the Things You Were" 86
"None of the Things You Were" Variation Using Rhythm No. 1 87
"Spring Arrives" 88
"Spring Arrives" Variation Using Rhythm No. 2 89
"Dear Old Stockmarket" 90
"Dear Old Stockmarket" Variation Using Rhythm No. 4 91
"I Smell Catastrophe" 92
"I Smell Catastrophe" Variation Using Rhythm No. 3 93
"Turn On Your Headlight" 94
"Turn On Your Headlight" Variation Using Rhythm No. 5 95
"If I Knew How to Cook" 96
"If I Knew How to Cook" Variation Using Rhythm No. 3 97
"I Should Have Thought About Me" Using Rhythm No. 12 98
"Rambo's Chin" Using Rhythm No. 11 100
"Oh Great Love" Using Rhythm No. 9 101
"Remember Me" Using Rhythm No. 10 102
Rhythm Changes 103
Rhythm Changes (Mixed Comping Rhythms) 105
Blues in F--Try Your Own Comping Rhythms 107
Blues in F Using Rhythm No. 2 109
Chapter 5 Extra Credit: Advanced Progressions and Turnarounds 111
The Functions of [sharp]IV-7([flat]5): What It Is and How to Use It 112
Modal Interchange: What It Is and How to Use It 114
Interpolative II-7: What It Is and How to Use It 116
Chromatic Approach: What It Is and How to Use It 119
Diatonic Turnarounds: What They Are and How to Use Them 121
Dominant Approach: What It Is and How to Use It 123
Sub V7 Dominant Substitutions 123
Using Dominant Approach With Blues Changes 124
Dominant Approach Applied to Dominant 7 and Substitute Dominant 7 Turnarounds 126
Dominant Approach: Dominant to Dominant 7 127
Dominant Cycle of Fifths: Mixolydian to Mixolydian 128
Dominant Cycle of Fifths: Mixed to Mixed Dominants 130
Diminished Chords: What They Are and How to Use Them 131
For Further Listening 133
Glossary 134
Appendix Modes and Chord Scales 136
Chord Scale Quick Finder 136
Scale Syllabus for Improvisation 138
Modes in Seventh Chords for Guitar 142
About the Author 144
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    Lead by Voice

    The ability to move fluidly between chords is an essential skill for any guitarist, especially those whose focus is jazz. 'Voice Leading for Guitar', written by associate professor of guitar at Berklee College of Music, John Thomas, will give the intermediate guitarist the techniques to take his or her music to a higher level of sophistication. Described as 'insightful' by Buster Williams, Professor of Jazz Improvisation at New School University, 'Voice Leading for Guitar' is a must have for any guitarist seeking to improve his or her technique.

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