Jamplay welcomes Jazz virtuoso Sheryl Bailey with her series, "Creative Chords". Dive into the rich world of chord voicings and inversions that will help you understand harmony in a new way!
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Recently voted a "Rising Star" in Downbeat Magazine's 2014 Critic's Poll, Jamplay.com is proud to welcome Sheryl Bailey to our ever growing stable of instructors with her series, "Creative Chords". Join Sheryl as she opens a whole new world of chord voicings and inversions that will not only take your rhythm playing to a new level, but also give you a solid foundation in understanding unique harmonic aspects of the guitar!Begin the Course
Jamplay welcomes one of Downbeat Magazine's 2014 "Rising Stars", Sheryl Bailey! Sheryl's series "Creative Chords", takes you down a rich harmonic path of understanding a multitude of chord voicings and inversions that will add many colors to your musical palette!
To get started, Sheryl first looks at the basic root position chords used in harmonizing the major scale. Getting your ear familiar with these sounds will be a great benefit for you down the road!
On to the next set of chord voicings: Drop 2's in root position. It's a fancy name to be sure, but some simply put, these voicings will add some more colors to your chord palette!
Continuing on with the diatonic 7th chords, it's now on to Drop 3's in root position.
Now Sheryl takes a look at some 2nd inversion chords (chords with the 5th on the bottom), starting with Drop 2's.
Yet more colors to add to your palette! Here are the very rich, Drop 3 voicings in 2nd inversion.
In this lesson, Sheryl gives us an overview of every voicing she's covered so far, only this time she organizes them by the type of chord instead of in the diatonic scale.
Now Sheryl explores one of the basics of rhythm guitar: shell voicings. It's amazing what you'll be able to do with these simple 3 note chords!
The ii-V-I progression is straight out of Jazz 101! Sheryl Bailey shows you the shell voicings that will cover lots of mileage in your rhythm guitar playing.
Playing rhythm guitar is about more than just playing the right chords. It's about finding "the pocket" and the groove. Sheryl gives you some practical advice and techniques for finding and keeping yourself in the pocket!
Time to put all the shells you've learned into an actual tune! In this lesson, Sheryl shows you a blues in Bb and utilizes walkups and chromatic approaches to get that classic 4 to the bar sound.
Giving the material more of a practical use, Sheryl now shows us a tune she calls "Smooth". She introduces more walkups and pushes within the context of a standard progression to expand your rhythm guitar palette!
Have you always wondered what a drop 3 chord is? Join Sheryl as she demystifies the drop 3 chord voicings.
The classic jazz technique of accompanying yourself with a walking bass line can seem daunting at times, but Sheryl breaks down the technique here by showing us a practical and demystifying approach with drop 3 chords!
Now, let's put the walking bass line into an actual chord progression. Sheryl breaks down each step in making this a reality!
Now, Sheryl takes a look at another commonly used voicing - the Drop Two.
Now that we know what a drop two chord voicing is, Sheryl now shows us the four major chord types: minor 7, dominant 7, major 7 and minor 7(b5). Starting in this lesson with the high set, she covers root position, as well as the first, second and third inversions.
Join Sheryl as she continues her look at the four chord types of the drop two voicing. This time, she explores the middle set.
Finally, Sheryl explores the low set of the four major chord types in the drop two voicing.
The ii-V-I-VI turnaround or "turnback" progression is very common in the world of jazz. Using voice leading concepts and drop two voicings, Sheryl shows you how to get this progression under your fingers.
Sheryl continues looking at drop 2 voicings within the ii-V-I-VI progression. This time, she uses the the middle four strings.
Sheryl continues in this section of her series by looking at the low set of the ii-V-I-VI drop 2 voicings.
Join Sheryl as she does a quick review of all the ii-V-I-VI drop two chord inversions we just learned!
Now it's time to achieve some of those quintessential jazz sounds by exploring chord extensions on the drop two, ii-V-I-VI inversions!
In this lesson, Sheryl takes a look at a technique used by the legendary Wes Montgomery that connects your minor 7 voicings with passing diminished chords. This techniques leads us closer to the idea of playing chord solos!
This lesson could also be titled "Intro to Chord Solos"! Here, Sheryl gives you four usable chordal licks to play over a ii-V-I-VI progression.
This is the first in a group of lessons where Sheryl takes us through "Bossa Blues", focusing on voice leading on certain sections of the neck. Up first - Grip 1.
Continuing up the neck, Sheryl looks at the next 'grip' of chords for "Bossa Blues".
Using "Bossa Blues" to cover the whole neck with drop twos, Sheryl now looks at what she calls "Grip 5".
In this lesson, Sheryl covers the 4th grip of drop twos using the standard, "Bossa Blues". After that, she puts all four grips together, showing us the entire range of drop twos over the whole fretboard!
Now that we've learned to voice lead our drop two chords across the fretboard in "Bossa Blues," it's time to learn the melody! But not just the melody...We learn to harmonize the melody with our drop twos!
Sheryl continues is this lesson with the Bossa Blues chord melody. Putting it all together, she reviews the shapes, then plays it with the track.
Finally, Sheryl shows us some of her personal favorite colors when playing the "Bossa Blues" chord melody.
Join Sheryl as she shares some of her favorite voicings and some of her philosophy in this blues comping study.
The title is a mouthful, but the lesson lets you inside Sheryl's mind and how she organizes her fretboard, using 7 scale positions!
Sheryl continues showing us how she organizes her fretboard using minor 7, drop three voicings and their corresponding arpeggios. Join her as she puts it all together with a track!
After exploring her minor 7 fretboard organization, now Sheryl takes a look at how she organizes the major 7ths.
Sheryl wraps up her major 7 fretboard organization by putting it all together with the track!
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All of the above!
Very clear presentation
Brilliant series so far, its simple yet adds a whole new dimension to my playing.
The series is really good and at the level I need. Thanks.
Great to have Sheryl onboard! I'm hoping this will be the beginning of a long series, eventually getting into soloing, jazz standards, etc. JamPlay was in dire need of a truly great jazz teacher with the credentials of someone like Cheryl. Keep
I have to do my homework by slowly practicing the supplemental material because you move too fast & you showed the finger chord diagram for a bit, then you stopped so I had to just watch your fingers on your guitar fretboard.
Love Wes Montgomery! How about a little Midnight Mood? Love to learn that one. Beautiful!
Really enjoyed this lesson. Ms. Bailey executed this perfectly
she has the simplest and unique way to make you understand not even guitar, but music in general. love her way.
Sheryl is a great teacher and such a great player
Sheryl is fulfilling my need to understand chords. She is gifted as a musician and a teacher. Awesome !
Very useful lesson for me. Thanks.