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chord extensions

Chord Extensions

     In this post I will be showing you how to make chords with extensions and how to read them. You will also find a table with examples of common chord extensions, that you are likely to come across, together… Read More »Chord Extensions

split chords

Split Chords

     As it may happen with polychords, split chords may also imply polytonality. This type of chord is usually a chord built in thirds to which a change is made to one of its chord members and added to it.      Those… Read More »Split Chords

drop chord voicings

Drop Chord Voicings

     “Drop” is a name that describes how a chord was derived from another chord. These chords are usually, but not limited to, seventh chords that are built by dropping the second highest note of that chord one octave down –… Read More »Drop Chord Voicings

functional harmony

Functional Harmony

     The term applies to music that works within a tonal framework and uses chords that have specific functions in that tonality. The functionality of a given chord is based on where the chord “wants” to go next because a harmonic… Read More »Functional Harmony

chord voicings

Chord Voicings

      It is related to the way the notes of the chord are distributed or spaced. A chord may be executed in close position (the most compact voicing), or in open position (wider spacing):      We are always referring to the same… Read More »Chord Voicings



     Harmony is a term used to describe two or more notes sounding together. When we looked at chords, you probably noticed that they are built from the bottom up just like the overtone series, forming a “vertical” structure. But harmony… Read More »Harmony



     A chord is a group of three or more notes played simultaneously that form the basis for harmony. Such notes come from the scale material we are using, or to which the chord notes relate to. In order to form… Read More »Chords