Chords Inversions Permutations & Combinations

4-String Chord Voicing Permutations

Here is a stimulating way to discover new chord shapes.

Welcome to harmonic infinity.

Arpeggios Chords Inversions Modes

Chord Inversions, Arpeggios, Scales: Combined Practice

Here is a useful exercise that combines 7th chord inversions and arpeggios with scales, allowing you to kill three birds with one stone in your practice.

The diamond-shaped white noteheads are the “main” note, the one you should have in mind while playing the other components of the exercise.

The idea is to blend chord inversions, arpeggios, and chord scales, or modes, into one stream of thought.

Try developing this concept within a jazz standard. Here’s an excellent chord progression:

Isfahan by Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington in the Key of D♭ (Original Key)

Try it in the key of C for some perspective and more guitar-friendly roots:

Isfahan by Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington in the Key of C (Easier Key)

Chords Harmonic Motion Inversions Scales

6th & Diminished 7th Chord Passages: Bebop Major and Minor

These chord passages are constructed from inversions of 6th chords (Major and Minor respectively) with Fully Diminished 7th chords interspersed.

This is a harmonization technique that is often associated with the pianist Barry Harris.

Remember to analyze these from other roots, reinterpret the harmony and use your imagination to find less than obvious substitutions.

Chord Progressions Chords Harmonic Motion Inversions

Diatonic ii-V-I Progressions (7th Chord Inversions)

Learning chords in isolation is useful, but learning chords in relation to common chord progressions is much better.

These diatonic ii-V-I progressions are composed of four-string 7th chords grouped by the closest inversions on the neck.

By retaining common tones smooth voice leading is ensured.

I have intentionally omitted fret numbers to stress the mobility of the shapes.