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    My chord vocabulary is quite limited. I understand chords, but I'm all over the neck because I can't find them in position and I can't really stretch five frets. Ted Greene's Chord Chemistry didn't help me at all. I'd like to find a resource that presents inversions in context, for instance turnarounds, cadences and the like. Something pragmatic that I can put to work right away. Three-note voicings would be sufficient. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

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    The Mickey Baker book. Most of the chords in the 1st book don't involve big stretches. You can skip the infamous Gmaj7 voicing which is a big stretch. Plenty of alternatives for that chord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buduranus2 View Post
    My chord vocabulary is quite limited. I understand chords, but I'm all over the neck because I can't find them in position and I can't really stretch five frets. Ted Greene's Chord Chemistry didn't help me at all. I'd like to find a resource that presents inversions in context, for instance turnarounds, cadences and the like. Something pragmatic that I can put to work right away. Three-note voicings would be sufficient. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

    Too easy. Ted Greene was a chord nerd extraordinaire. There was/is no need for anyone to ever do everything that he did or tried to do. He showed a lot of possibilities for the instrument though.


    So try these. When/if you get to a stretchy one - just skip it or sub it! (The Practical Jazz Guitarist)

    https://www.amazon.com/Leading-Guita...708514&sr=8-36

    https://www.amazon.com/Swing-Big-Ban...3708554&sr=8-1

    https://www.amazon.com/All-Blues-Jaz...3708582&sr=8-1

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    I'm with Frank on the Mickey Baker book. All those chords can easily be reduced to 3-note shell voicings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep View Post
    The Mickey Baker book. Most of the chords in the 1st book don't involve big stretches. You can skip the infamous Gmaj7 voicing which is a big stretch. Plenty of alternatives for that chord.
    Right back where I started years ago, but will dig a little deeper and with a more informed perspective.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack E Blue View Post
    I'm with Frank on the Mickey Baker book. All those chords can easily be reduced to 3-note shell voicings.
    Thanks for reminding me about shell voicings. Much more manageable.

    These are good resources, but a little difficult for me to process because they're laid-out like scales (horizontal) rather than as I'm used to seeing chords (vertical.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzstdnt View Post
    Too easy. Ted Greene was a chord nerd extraordinaire. There was/is no need for anyone to ever do everything that he did or tried to do. He showed a lot of possibilities for the instrument though.


    So try these. When/if you get to a stretchy one - just skip it or sub it! (The Practical Jazz Guitarist)

    https://www.amazon.com/Leading-Guita...708514&sr=8-36

    https://www.amazon.com/Swing-Big-Ban...3708554&sr=8-1

    https://www.amazon.com/All-Blues-Jaz...3708582&sr=8-1
    Thanks for the recommendations. The "Moving Through Changes" book is, according to an on-line review, "written entirely in Standard Notation with suggested fingering for the Chords." When it comes to chords, I'm still a "dots in boxes" player. The "Swing Big Band" book seems tantalizing. I'd love to be able to walk the chords like Freddie Green. Would like to have a peek inside, though. That said, I found a link here that I could use right away. I just started on Fly Me to the Moon two days ago!


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    I don't like 4 fret or more finger spans which is probably going to limit my chording choices. I like everything within 3 frets. So delighted to find the moveable C minor 7 inversion chord (xx5546). Is there a chord app that let's you choose only chords played within 3 or 4 frets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep View Post
    The Mickey Baker book. Most of the chords in the 1st book don't involve big stretches. You can skip the infamous Gmaj7 voicing which is a big stretch. Plenty of alternatives for that chord.
    I got into the MB book last night and remembered what I didn't like about it. The chord diagrams are very small, there aren't any Roman numerals to indicate the frets, and no suggested fingerings. Also, the grids are hand-drawn, so they're a little irregular. Overall, very hard for me to read.