• An altered chord you can try

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    “The Bb7 (b9) Chord”

    Here is where I introduce “altered” chords to you!

    An alteration occurs when a note is raised or lowered by a half step. Above, you will see that there is a “b9” in parentheses. The flatted 9 is an example of an alteration. This chord is simply a:

    Bb Seventh chord with a lowered 9th tone.”

    Here is how you play it:

    Bass = Bb

    Right hand = B + D + F + Ab

    I usually play this chord during a “6-2-5-1” chord progression. That is, I play it right before I play an Eb minor chord. In other words, it leads to an Eb chord!

    If you don’t know what “2-5-1”, “6-2-5-1”, “3-6-2-5-1”, or “7-2-6-2-5-1″ 1” progressions are, you really need to consider my course. It covers all of this!

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