In this third class, we will explore 7th no 5th triads. This structure is simply a 7th chord with its 5th removed and is often referred to as a “shell voicing.” However, in this class we will be treating these “shell voicings” like three-note triads, which means finding all the inversions, registers, and string sets. This will yield many more uses than just the traditional shell voicing concept provides. 7th no 5th triads can have a more traditional, tonal sound than sus triads but when used imaginatively can also create fresh new sounds.

Diatonic Triads Complete part 3: 7th no 5th covers:

  • explanation of 7th no 5th chords and their use as traditional shell voicings
  • “piano style” versus “choir style” inversions on the guitar
  • map of all inversions of 7th no 5th triads, plus diatonic harmonized scales on all string sets
  • using diatonic cycles to gain fluency with inversions and voice leading, including contrapuntal variations
  • exploration of open 7th no 5th triads
  • arpeggiating 7th no 5th triads to create melodic ideas
  • exploring 7th no 5th triads from the melodic and harmonic minor scales
  • example of harmonized melodic line on the changes of “My Romance” utilizing material from the above
  • 56 minute running time
  • includes 13 pages of written examples and exercises
  • includes backing track for “My Romance” musical example
  • All musical examples from the video are provided in music notation, tablature, and chord grid form.
  • Each example performance is shown in close-up view and titled and numbered for easy navigation.

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    Wow. So much great material. I have to get to work!

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