Dec. 8, 2019

Traditional Shell Voicings

This Jazz Piano Lesson will help you discover, learn, and play Traditional Shell Voicings for the primary sounds of music (Major, Dominant, Minor, Half Diminished, Diminished). Two voicing options are constructed for each chord to be played in your left hand:

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  1. Traditional Major Shell Voicings
    1. 3-7-9 (Ionian Mode)
    2. 7-3-5 (Ionian Mode)
  2. Traditional Dominant Shell Voicings
    1. 3-7-9 (Mixolydian Mode)
    2. 7-3-5 (Mixolydian Mode)
  3. Traditional Minor Shell Voicings
    1. 3-7-9 (Dorian Mode)
    2. 7-3-9 (Dorian Mode)
  4. Traditional Half Diminished Voicings
    1. 3-7-9 (Locrian Mode)
    2. 7-3-5 (Locrian Mode)
  5. Traditional Diminished Shell Voicings
    1. 3-7-9 (7th Mode Harmonic Minor)
    2. 7-3-5 (7th Mode Harmonic Minor)

The C Chord Family Voicings

  1. Traditional C Major Shell Voicings
    1. E-B-D (Ionian Mode)
    2. B-E-G (Ionian Mode)
  2. Traditional C Dominant Shell Voicings
    1. E-Bb-D (Mixolydian Mode)
    2. Bb-D-G (Mixolydian Mode)
  3. Traditional C Minor Shell Voicings
    1. Eb-Bb-D (Dorian Mode)
    2. Bb-Eb-G (Dorian Mode)
  4. Traditional C Half Diminished Voicings
    1. Eb-Bb-Db (Locrian Mode)
    2. Bb-Eb-Gb (Locrian Mode)
  5. Traditional C Diminished Shell Voicings
    1. Eb-A-Db (7th Mode Harmonic Minor)
    2. A-Eb-Gb (7th Mode Harmonic Minor)

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Dr. Bob Lawrence
President, The Dallas School of Music