Adding Tension to the Minor Jazz-Blues Progression (via Guitar World)

For the musicians…

Continuing our exploration of the minor jazz-blues progression I introduced last month, I’d like to now show you some cool variations on it that are sometimes used by jazz musicians and feature added chord changes and spicier harmony and voice-leading.

What I’m going to do here is take the root-third-seventh (or root-seventh-third) “shell voicings” I presented last time and add what are called tension tones on top of them, such as the ninth, 13th or raised fifth.

We’ll also encounter some additional chords that are inserted into the progression, which add interesting root motion and present an improviser with more chord changes to melodically describe when soloing.

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