Upper Structures for Major & Minor Chords
In this lesson we’re going to talk about applying upper structures to major and minor chords. You can find a link below to this cheat sheet that details the type of chord, the scale degree to build the triad off and also the extensions and alterations that are achieved.
In the past lessons on upper structures, we just looked at dominant upper structures. For example, over C7 we can play a major triad built from the #5 to get an altered #5-#9 sound. Or we can play a major triad off the #11 to get a #11 – b9 sound. We also looked at adding these upper structures to a 251 progression.
If you don’t understand this theory, I would recommend watching the introduction to upper structures lesson. Applying upper structures to dominant chords is the most important and useful application so I would advise that you learn dominant upper structures first.
That being said, you can also achieve some really interesting sounds by applying upper structure triads to major and minor chords.