As I demonstrate in the video: full chords with extensions, bass lines. They are also useful for playing bossa novas and sambas as well as typical Freddie Green style 4 to the bar stuff.
Let's first have a look at how shell voicings are constructed. A shell voicing is the bare necessities version of a jazz chord, so the chord is reduced to three notes. The most defining notes of a chord would be:
- The Root (what chord is it)
- The Third (is it major or minor)
- The Seventh (major/minor/6th)
As usual the best way to learn it is to put it through a song as I do in the video, but here are a few examples on a turnaround in C.
One of the ways I use shell voicings is to use them as a basis and then add extensions or melody notes on top like this:
You might notice that especially the sets with the root on the 6th string tend to become drop3 voicings when you add extensions. And if you watch the video you'll see several applications of these kinds of chords in different styles.
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