What I call “ advanced chords”, are chords that use beautiful colors like 9ths, 11ths and 13ths, but are fully contained within an octave span. These “ advanced chords” are usually played with the left hand but aren’t exclusive to the left hand.
Obviously, if we are playing a 9th or 13th chord, all within the left hand, and not spanning more than an octave, then we must omit some of the “ less important” notes of the chord.
Those “ less important” notes are the root note and the 5th of the respective chord/s.
This “Advanced chord “ voicing is very useful in playing with a bass and drummer. It frees up the right hand to improvise while the left hand plays all the important and colorful notes of a complex chord. These advanced voicings are not exclusive to a trio setting. I use them when playing solo piano when I play a “ boom-chick” bass part or if I want to solo, improvise , or just play a different sound.
There are approximately 10 of these so called “ Advanced Voicings” that I teach my students. The voicings are used and taught only by professionals. They are harder to visualize on the piano than a root position voicing, but are well worth the extra effort because of the phenomenal modern sound.
- Learning Triads
- Learning Leadsheets
- 4 – Note Chords (Close Position)
- 5 + Note Chords (Open Position)
- Advanced chord voicings