just wanted to share something I stumbled on while working my way through the musical examples.
When I was taking jazz lessons from Rick Balestra he introduced me to 'soprano voiced chords' these are 4 note chords voiced on the D, G, B, And high E strings. You can construct all the chords typically used in bop and jazz standards on these strings (dom7, m7, M7, 9, b9, dim, etc). Rick used to make me build these chords with the root note on the lowest string (D string) and then he'd have me invert the chords up and down the neck as a comping exercise.
I applied the principle of ex 5.1 from Gypsy Picking to the soprano voicings in the following way. I'd take for example the dominant 7th and voice it at the 1st fret, this is an Eb7 chord. Then I'd play it as an arp and climb up 1 fret in the same way as ex 5.1 . This way I'd arpeggiate that chord shape in every key all the way up the neck. Then I repeat the exercise with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd inversion. Then I'd do the same for every chord I could think of. It sounds cumbersome but once you start it becomes quite fluid and really build technique fast. Also it gets your mind working to figure out those voicings and inversions. And finally it vastly expands the number of arps you have at your fingertips while improvising.
I've incorporated this drill into my daily routine and I'm focusing on the chords that are used in the tunes I'm working on for repertoire. This week it's Blues For Alice, My One and Only Love, and Minor Swing. Anyways, I've found it very helpful and thought I'd share it with the forum in the spirit of collective striving. If anyone wants fingering charts for the soprano voice chords I'd be happy to post them.
slovenly in syracuse,