Advanced So What Chord Tutorial
The first lesson on So What Chords provided an introduction to the voicing. We covered how the voicing is constructed and then we looked at the different ways that we can incorporate the voicing into the tunes we are playing.
We then looked at slide slipping where you play neighbouring So What chords in close succession and also talked about reharmonising entire melodies using So What chords — if this all sounds new to you I would recommend checking out that lesson.
So What Chord Substitutions
In this lesson, we are going to explore So What Chords further and you will learn how you can use these voicings not just for minor chords but also for major chords.
Using So What Chords in place of Major chords might sound strange as we know that So What Chords are minor in tonality so how can they be used in place of a major chord?
The answer is because the so what chord can function as a rootless voicing for the major chord. So What Chords can be used on major chords that contain the major 7th in the melody. Here is a Cmaj7 chord and you can see that the 7th of the chord is in the melody.
The rule for major chords is to play a So What chord off the major third. So for a Cmaj7 chord with the 7th in the melody we could play an E So What Chord.
If we analyse the scale degrees of the So What chord in terms of C major, from bottom to top we have the 3rd, 6th, 9th, 5th and 7th .
Notice that the E So What Chord contains both the 3rd and 7th of Cmaj7 — the 3rd and 7th are the two most important tones of the chord which is one of the reasons why the so what chord sounds so good.
We can also play this chord with the root which can be included in your left hand.
The So What Chord creates a stack of 4ths in the middle of the chord which gives the voicing and very modern and contemporary sound — another reason that makes it sound great.
So What Chords – All 12 Keys File Type: pdf
Flick through your fake book or the jazz standards you are working from and look out for major chords with the major 7th in the melody.
Once you have found an example, build a so what chord off the major 3rd and you will then be playing the major so what variation.
- Always remember that you will remember the theory much better when you spend the time to work this out yourself.
I liked the application to Tune Up at the end of the lesson. I was wondering if you covered that song anywhere, but didn’t know you did until I watched this video. I’m not sure how you’d do it but it would be helpful if you could tag songs used as examples in particular videos to make them easier to locate – Blue In Green, for example, is referenced in several contexts other than the specific lessons about that song.
Hi Martin, yes I used Tune Up for this tutorial on ‘How To Read Lead Sheets’ – http://www.pianogroove.com/jazz-piano-lessons/how-to-read-lead-sheets/ – this is aimed at complete beginners, however, the voicings do get more complicated towards the end of the lesson.
Regarding the video tag… I think this is a great idea. I will be adding a search functionality to the website soon so that you can search by song name, or by theory topic. This will help navigate the website and find related lessons. I’m aiming to get this completed asap 🙂