Creating a chord progression with a neo soul sound using minor 11th chords is quite simple, once you know how to voice the chords. Rather then following [...]
If you are looking for some great sounding neo soul chords for the piano with a nice jazz tinge, you might be closer to your goal that you think. By using a simple trick, you can create minor eleventh chords simply [...]
You can approach the creation of a jazz piano lick over a 7-3-6 or minor 2-5-1 chord progression just as you would for a 2-5-1 lick in a major key. You can use
- chord tones
- a line that moves up and down
- approaches to chord tones.
Here is an example for a lick using these elements that you can use whenever you come across a minor 2-5-1.
- The first bar consists of notes that are just moving up and down the F major (or D minor) scale, starting on the flatted fifth of the Em7b5 chord, Bb.
The F major scale
- The last Ab is an approach to the following A, which is the beginning of an arpeggiated A minor 7 chord. The line then moves down again diatonically. The bar ends with another approach.
- This time it moves to the root D of the following Dm7 chord. What follows is a small rhythmical motive with two eighth notes followed by one quarter note, moving down the diatonic scale again. The lick ends on D.
Another important chord progression in jazz is the 7-3-6 progression, featuring the diatonic chords of the seventh, third and sixth degree of the major scale. You can also look at it as a minor 2-5-1 progression in the related minor key.
In the key of F the 7-3-6 consists of Em7b5, Am7 and Dm7.