Passing Chords Tutorial
Passing chords are like temporary stepping stones between chords in a progression. When used correctly, passing chords add harmonic variety and make your playing sound more interesting and dynamic.
Passing chords do not have to be in the key you are in and in fact, they are often more effective when the chord is not in the key you are in. In this lesson we will are going to apply passing chords to a major 251 and also in context to a few different jazz standards.
A very common type of passing chord is a chromatic passing chord built a half step above or a half the target chord. In particular, a dominant chord a half step above will always lead very nicely onto the target chord.