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How to play JAZZ on the mandolin

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Chord Spellings


Chord Type     Symbol     Spelling

Major                                X                    1 3 5

Minor                                Xm                 1 b3 5

Sixth                                 X6                     1 3 5 6

Major Seventh                 XMaj7                 1 3 5 7

Dominant Seventh             X7                     1 3 5 b7

Minor Seventh                   Xm7                 1 b3 5 b7

Diminished                     Xdim X°             1 b3 b5 bb7 (6)

Half Diminished             XØ Xm7b5         1 b3 b5 b7

Minor Seventh Flat Fifth     XØ Xm7b5      1 b3 b5 b7

Minor Sixth                         Xm6                 1 b3 5 6

Minor Major Seventh         XmMaj7             1 b3 5 7

Suspended                         Xsus                        1 4 5

Augmented                     X+ X#5 X+5             1 3 #5


Chord Extensions (9, 11, 13)

Ninth                                 X9                         1 3 5 b7 9

Eleventh                            X11                     1 3 5 b7 9 11

Thirteenth                         X13                     1 3 5 b7 9 (11) 13

Minor Ninth                     Xm9                     1 b3 5 b7 9

Minor Eleventh                 Xm11                 1 b3 5 b7 9 11

Minor Thirteenth              Xm13               1 b3 5 b7 9 (11) 13

Major Ninth                     XMaj9                 1 3 5 7 9

Major Eleventh                 XMaj11             1 3 5 7 9 11

Major Thirteenth              XMaj13            1 3 5 7 9 (11) 13

These are just some, any chord can be extended


Chord Alterations (5, 9, 11, 13)

Sharp Nine                     X#9                 1 3 5 b7 #9

Flat Nine                         X(b9)             1 3 5 b7 b9

Sharp Eleventh                 X#11             1 3 5 b7 9 #11    (sharp 11 and flat 5 are the same)

Sharp Thirteenth             X#13             1 3 5 b7 9 (11) #13

Major Seven Flat Five     XMaj7b5             1 3 b5 7

These are just some, any chord can be altered


The 5 main chord types are:

  1. Major

  2. Minor

  3. Dominant Seventh

  4. Diminished

  5. Half Diminished


MAJOR: Major, Sixth, Major Seventh, Major Ninth, Major Eleventh, Major Thirteenth, any of these with suspended or augmented, sharp eleven (flat five)


MINOR: Minor, Minor Seventh, Minor Sixth, Minor Major Seventh, any of these with suspended or augmented (rare)


DOMINANT SEVENTH: Dominant Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh, Thirteenth, any of these with suspended or augmented (common)


DIMINISHED: Diminished, Diminished Seventh


HALF DIMINISHED: Minor Seventh Flat Fifth


Any Major, Minor, or Dominant Seventh chord can have alterations, but these are most common on the Dominant Seventh. These alterations are b5 and #5, b9 and #9, #11, b13 and #13.



 

 

 


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