So What Chord Voicing Tutorial
The ‘So What’ chord is a quartal chord voicing which means it is made of a stack of perfect fourth intervals. Unlike a pure quartal voicing, the So What chord has a major third interval on top.
Introduced by the pianist Bill Evans, the ‘So What’ chord is a modern sounding voicing that sounds great when you have a minor chord with the 5th in the melody.
The So What chord voicings has many different uses. It’s great for moving in parallel and to rehmonise chord changes. This is because stacked 4ths are harmonically ambiguous which gives you a certain degree of freedom to impose the voicing over different harmonies.
In this lesson, we explore the construction of the voicing and then apply it to a number of well known jazz standards.