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Creative Chords

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!

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

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!

Length: 6:21 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 2

Diatonic 7th Chords - Root Position

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!

Length: 6:55 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Diatonic 7th Chords - Drop 2's Root Position

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!

Length: 5:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Diatonic 7th Chords - Drop 3's Root Position

Continuing on with the diatonic 7th chords, it's now on to Drop 3's in root position.

Length: 6:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

Diatonic 7th Chords - Drop 2, 2nd Inversion

Now Sheryl takes a look at some 2nd inversion chords (chords with the 5th on the bottom), starting with Drop 2's.

Length: 9:33 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

Diatonic 7th Chords - Drop 3, 2nd Inversion

Yet more colors to add to your palette! Here are the very rich, Drop 3 voicings in 2nd inversion.

Length: 9:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 7

Review of Diatonic 7th Chord Voicings

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.

Length: 11:14 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Rhythm Guitar Fundamentals - Shells

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!

Length: 5:01 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 9

Rhythm Guitar: ii-V-I with Shell Voicings

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.

Length: 5:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 10

Rhythm Guitar - Pocket 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!

Length: 6:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 11

Rhythm Guitar - Bb Blues: 4 to the Bar

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.

Length: 12:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

Rhythm Guitar - Smooth

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!

Length: 7:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

Defining Drop 3's

Have you always wondered what a drop 3 chord is? Join Sheryl as she demystifies the drop 3 chord voicings.

Length: 7:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

Walking Bass Lines

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!

Length: 5:45 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

Walking Bass Line - Minor Blues

Now, let's put the walking bass line into an actual chord progression. Sheryl breaks down each step in making this a reality!

Length: 13:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 16

Defining Drop 2 Chords

Now, Sheryl takes a look at another commonly used voicing - the Drop Two.

Length: 8:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 17

Four Chord Types of Drop Twos - High Set

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.

Length: 7:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

Four Chord Types of Drop Twos - Middle Set

Join Sheryl as she continues her look at the four chord types of the drop two voicing. This time, she explores the middle set.

Length: 7:38 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 19

Four Chord Types of Drop Twos - Low Set

Finally, Sheryl explores the low set of the four major chord types in the drop two voicing.

Length: 10:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

Drop Two - ii-V-I-VI Inversions - High Set

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.

Length: 5:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 21

Drop Two - ii-V-I-VI Inversions - Middle Set

Sheryl continues looking at drop 2 voicings within the ii-V-I-VI progression. This time, she uses the the middle four strings.

Length: 5:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 22

Drop Two - ii-V-I-VI Inversions - Low Set

Sheryl continues in this section of her series by looking at the low set of the ii-V-I-VI drop 2 voicings.

Length: 4:14 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 23

Drop Two - ii-V-I-VI Inversions - Review

Join Sheryl as she does a quick review of all the ii-V-I-VI drop two chord inversions we just learned!

Length: 6:57 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 24

Drop Two - ii-V-I-VI Extensions

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!

Length: 15:03 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 25

Minor 7ths a la Wes Montgomery

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!

Length: 9:17 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 26

ii-V-I-VI Melodic Voicings

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.

Length: 15:04 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 27

Bossa Blues Voice Leading, Part 1

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.

Length: 6:51 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 28

Bossa Blues Voice Leading, Part 2

Continuing up the neck, Sheryl looks at the next 'grip' of chords for "Bossa Blues".

Length: 5:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 29

Bossa Blues Voice Leading, Part 3

Using "Bossa Blues" to cover the whole neck with drop twos, Sheryl now looks at what she calls "Grip 5".

Length: 4:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 30

Bossa Blues Voice Leading, Part 4 and Review

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!

Length: 6:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 31

Bossa Blues Chord Melody, Part 1

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!

Length: 12:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 32

Bossa Blues Chord Melody, Part 2

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.

Length: 7:18 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 33

Bossa Blues Chord Melody, Part 3

Finally, Sheryl shows us some of her personal favorite colors when playing the "Bossa Blues" chord melody.

Length: 11:25 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 34

Blues Comping

Join Sheryl as she shares some of her favorite voicings and some of her philosophy in this blues comping study.

Length: 9:31 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 35

Minor 7, Drop 3, Fretboard Organization, Part 1

The title is a mouthful, but the lesson lets you inside Sheryl's mind and how she organizes her fretboard, using 7 scale positions!

Length: 10:54 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 36

Minor 7, Drop 3, Fretboard Organization, Part 2

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!

Length: 8:12 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 37

Major 7, Drop 3, Fretboard Organization, Part 1

After exploring her minor 7 fretboard organization, now Sheryl takes a look at how she organizes the major 7ths.

Length: 14:14 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 38

Major 7, Drop 3, Fretboard Organization, Part 2

Sheryl wraps up her major 7 fretboard organization by putting it all together with the track!

Length: 9:26 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
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