The Altered Tritone Drill
In this lesson, we’re going to explore an important tritone relationship for altered dominant chord voicings.
You should already be familiar with the regular dominant 13 voicings that we have covered in the lesson on rootless voicings. A useful relationship to understand, is that when we play this exact voicing over the bass note a tritone away from the original, we get a cool & hip-sounding altered chord.
By visualising the dominant 13th voicing a tritone away, we can quickly access the altered tensions of any dominant chord.
6 Tritone Sets To Memorise
The best way to practice this relationship is to learn the related voicings sets. By following the exercises outlined in this lesson, you will split your work in half.
We demonstrate with 3 sets of tritone pairs. You should then work through the remaining keys, and add this to your practice schedule.
2 Handed Altered Dominant Chords
Once you understand how to use these voicings in your left hand, you can experiment with 2 handed voicings to get some bigger altered sounds.
Play a shell in your left hand, and then play an altered dominant voicing in your right hand. Pay attention to the melody note on the top of the voicing and you can switch between the different altered tensions to achieve some interesting sounds.