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    I’ve been working on Barry’s single note improv method for a couple years. It is time to work on the chording method now. I was wondering if any of you who have learned his way have any tricks you suggest for tackling it?

    I have learned drop 2 voicing in all keys for 6thdim and m6thdim. I am working on being able to play many tunes using these voicing. I was thinking getting comfortable with this would be a good first step before adding different voicings and borrowing.

    Any thoughts and suggestions appreciated. Thanks!

    Pete

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    Work on being able to instantly convert lead sheet chord symbols to 6-dim chords.

    Work on expressing the harmony as horizontal movement on the 6-dim chord scales rather than as vertical block chords.

    Work on chord melody where the melody notes are the top notes of the appropriate 6-dim chords.

    Alan Kingstone’s book is a good resource, as are Chris Park’s and Thomas Echols’ youtube channels.

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    Your first steps are correct.
    Get as comfortable with the four 6dim scales as possible.

    Then look at each in association. For example: look at C major 7 and see C6/G6 with it ( the six on the fifth ).
    Move from each inversion to the others all over the board.

    You will find the I6 ( root ) associated with the second inversion of the G6 ( G6/D ).
    G6//E with C6/E C6/G with G6/G and so on.

    Good first steps.

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    My tip is to order the Roni Ben-Hur DVD "Chordability". It has Barry's system laid out in an approachable, accessible manner, with essentially a PDF downloadable book--or at least is did. You may have to hunt for it, it came out in 2010. I'm a fan of Mr. Kingstone's book as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onlyserious
    My tip is to order the Roni Ben-Hur DVD "Chordability". It has Barry's system laid out in an approachable, accessible manner, with essentially a PDF downloadable book--or at least is did. You may have to hunt for it, it came out in 2010. I'm a fan of Mr. Kingstone's book as well.
    Agreed. 'Chordability' is the place to start.

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