Upper Structures for Major & Minor Chords
In the past lessons on upper structures, we have explored them over dominant chords. In this lesson we apply the upper structure triad concept to major and minor chords.
Print Out The Upper Structure Cheat Sheet
You can find a link below to the Upper Structure Cheat Sheets which detail the type of chord, the scale degree to build the triad off, and finally the extensions and alterations included.
Upper Structures Over Dominant Chords
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.
Previous Lessons On USTs
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.
Major and Minor Upper Structures Cheat Sheet File Type: pdf