Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsSo now let’s have a look at the upper voicings, starting with F69. Then Dminor7 - the third inversion, Gminor7 - second inversion, C7 - thirteenth, same again.

Skip to 0 minutes and 24 secondsThen Cminor7 - third inversion, F7 - the ninth, Bflat major7 - the third inversion, and then a big jump up to Eflat7 - the thirteenth, then first time bar: Dminor7 - third inversion, G7 - ninth, Gminor7 - first inversion, C7 - thirteenth. Then as before … and the second time bar Gminor7, C7, Fmajor7 home again. Then the thirteenth for C7, II, V, I. Then the first inversion for Aminor7 and then the thirteenth version for D7, take us down a tone - the thirteenth version of C7 and then we’ve met all the rest

Skip to 1 minute and 38 secondsof the chords before: Gminor7, C7, Dminor7, G7, Gminor7, C7.

Skip to 1 minute and 47 secondsThen our turnaround: F69, Dminor7, Gminor7,

Skip to 1 minute and 52 secondsC7 … last line … and now this big jump: Eflat7 - thirteenth version, and then II, V, I home. Let’s see if we can do it with the playalong.

Skip to 2 minutes and 9 secondsDon’t forget the 4 bar introduction: C7 - thirteenth version … Here’s the tune …

Playing "Blue Room" with a playalong using upper voicings

We play the tune “Blue Room” with a playalong using upper voicings.

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Learn Jazz Piano: I. Begin with the Blues

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