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Personal Piano Professor, Issue#016 --Piano Jazz Chords and Rootless Voicings
May 24, 2013
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Piano Jazz Chords and Rootless Voicings

Hi every one.

Once again , thank you for your interest in these free online lessons. I sincerely hope that you are experiencing all the great benefits learning to play keyboards has to offer.

Special thanks to all of you who have taken the time to write in and ask questions and offer suggestions.

Piano Jazz Chords and Rootless Voicings

What is a rootless voicing?

In its simplest terms a rootless voicing is just a chord with out a root.

It is common practice for most pianists to omit the root from their voicings because they are usually playing with a bass player.

Another practical reason for for leaving out the root is that with piano jazz chords which often will add 7ths, 9ths, 11ths, and 13ths, if we try an play all the possible notes of the chord we would run out of fingers at least in our left hand.

In the image below we have removed the Roots from some commonly seen Chords (symbols) seen in Jazz Music and elsewhere.

Notice there are no C's anywhere in the chords (rootless) and that the Camj6 chord has the same notes as Amin7, the Cmaj7 could also be seen as a root position Emin7 and the Cmin7 is a root position Ebmaj7 chord.

I point this out so you will begin to see that many of the chords you may already know can take on a whole different fuction depending on what the Bass player is doing with the root of the chord.

For a complete lesson with video check out the link below!

Rootless Voicing Jazz Chords

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I want to remind you that many of the ideas for lessons come from those of you who contact me with questions. I encourage you to let me know what you need.

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I am grateful for all of you, and wish you the best success in your playing!!

Thanks, Greg

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