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The Big Six Core Chords - Level I

Your "Jazz" chord foundation.

Published: 08 Sep 2013 Updated: 15 May 2019Visits: 27Code: UL42L1

Topic: Chords ukulele Subjects: Chords Jazz Core

The Big Six Core Chords - Level I

The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 m7b5, Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7. These six chords form a core set of chords.

The remaining chords for The Big Six, Level I Core Chords.

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The suggested order to learn these Level 1 chords are:

The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 m7b5, Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7. These six chords form a core set of chords.

The order to learn these chords are in the order shown. Although the order is a recommendation it's critical to start with the first chord, _the seventh_. After that the maj7 or minor7 and the order can be determined by your needs. This is the order I follow with my private students.

The Foundation of the Big Six

The Rest of the Big Six Core Chords

Of the Big Six core chords the 7, maj7 and m7 are a bit bigger and a lot more common than the other three and can be used to derive the remaining three chords in this level I.

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The Big Six Core Chords - F7, Four Voicings

Updated: 06 May 2013

The Big Six Core Chords, Level I - F7, four voicings. The F7 is a 1 3 5 b7 of the major scale, based on the root of the chord. For F7 the chord tones are: F A C Eb.

These ARE the four F7 chord voicings that are used for deriving other chords. If all else fails when trying to remember a particular chord you can go back to your base seventh chords and go through the chord formula for deriving the chord you need.

There are far too many chord shapes to memorize thousands of shapes. From these four F7 chord voicings ALL other 4-part chords can be derived. And, if all else fails in trying to remember or build a chord you can always go back to the F7 and establish a frame of reference.

The Big Six Core Chords - Fmaj7, Four Voicings

Updated: 04 Jan 2016

The Big Six Core Chords, Level I - Fmaj7, four voicings. Fmaj7 is a 1 3 5 7 of the major scale, based on the root of the chord.

These are the four Fmaj7 chord voicings that will be used for deriving other major seventh derived chords. There are far too many chord shapes to memorize thousands of shapes.

The Big Six Core Chords - Fm7b5, Four Voicings

Updated: 30 Jun 2014

The Big Six Core Chords, Level I - Fm7b5, four voicings.

The Fm7b5 is a 1 b3 b5 b7 of the major scale, based on the root of the chord.

These are the four Fm7b5 chord voicings that will be used for deriving other chords. There are far too many chord shapes to memorize thousands of shapes.

The Big Six Core Chords - Fm7, Four Voicings

Updated: 07 Sep 2021

The Big Six Core Chords, Level I - Fm7, four voicings.

The Fm7 is a 1 b3 5 b7 of the major scale, based on the root of the chord. For Fm7 the chord tones are: F A C Eb.

These are the four Fm7 chord voicings that will be used for deriving other chords. There are far too many chord shapes to memorize thousands of shapes.

The Big Six Core Chords - Fdim7, Four Voicings

Updated: 04 Jan 2016

The Big Six Core Chords, Level I - Fdim7, four voicings. Fdim7 is a 1 b3 b5 bb7 of the major scale, based on the root of the chord.

These are the four Fdim7 chord voicings that will be used for deriving other chords. There are far too many chord shapes to memorize thousands of shapes.

The Big Six Core Chords, Level I - Faug7, Four Voicings

Updated: 07 Jan 2016

The Big Six Core Chords, LevelI - Faug7, four voicings. Faug7* is a 1 3 5# b7 of the major scale, based on the root of the chord.

These are the four Faug7 chord voicings that will be used for deriving other augmented type chords.

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The The Big Six Core Chords - Level Three series of chords that build on the Bix Six Core Chords and form the foundation for ALL your jazz chords include: Diminished Major Seventh ( dimL7 ) and Augmented Major Seventh ( augL7 ).

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