ABSTRACT

Chord voicing from primary hand positions provides centralized access points to the keyboard for jazz pianists, creating an array of jazz chord possibilities. This chapter explores the physicality of playing, as well as the structure of chord voicing and its relevance to creating contrapuntal movement. Concepts such as harmonic tension, quartal voicing, and the use of seventh chords are also examined. Through audio examples, written exercises, and practice suggestions the learner can apply theory to practice.