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    A Quick Follow-Up To “Approach Chords”

    by Jermaine Griggs · 1 comment

    in Chords & Progressions

    After writing about Approach Chords the other day, I received a request for more of these types of chords.

    Recall the definition of approach chords – In music, an approach chord is a chord one half-step higher or lower than the goal (aka – place you’re going to), and especially helpful in turnarounds and chord progressions that move in fourths.

    So here’s another idea for you…

    On the tone a half step “LOWER” than the chord you want to go to (aka – “the target”), play a minor7 #5.

    So if my target chord is Ebminor7, which is Eb on left /// Gb + Bb + Db on right, I could play D minor 7 #5 right before it: D on left /// C + F + A#

    Dmin7 #5

    Eb minor 7

    Or you could invert the Dmin7 #5 to put F on top:

    …which leads nicely to an Eb minor 9 (which allows you to keep the F from the previous chord on top):

    And for more spice, you could turn the Dmin7 #5 into a D7 #9#5 with the addition of one note (F#) on the bottom:

    So there you have it — a few more ideas to get your creativity juices flowing. What else can you come up with?


    Related posts:

    1. Using Approach Chords To Spice Up Your Sound!
    2. Here’s a quick way to add even more spice to your songs
    3. A Quick & Easy Way To Play Suspended Chords
    4. A Quick and Easy Way to Spice Up Minor Chords
    5. How to play smoothly using the power of inversions Part 2
    6. Here’s A Quick Way To “Open” All Your Major Chords
    7. Here’s a quick and easy refresher on tertian chords


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    1 John

    I really want to appreciate your teachings on playing the piano.My piano playing changed when I first encountered your free report ” The Transformed Musician”, It was “da bomb”. I just want to get more full lenght videos of your teaching sent to my email- jonbuk007@gmail.com. Jermaine, THANK YOU!


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