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looking for voicings for this progression

steven_eiresteven_eire Wicklow✭✭✭✭ Dupont MD50
edited November 2008 in Gypsy Jazz 101 Posts: 172
the first 3 chords in the bridge of dinah, it also crops up in montagne sainte-genevieve.

Em / EmΔ / Em7

the cosimini book suggested voicings with lots of open strings but that doesn't sound nice to my ears when played a la pompe. i'm looking for some chunkier sounding chords anyone have a good way to voice this?

also if you play these chords as majors you have the start of strawberry fields forever

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  • edited November 2008 Posts: 597
    x7998x
    x7988x
    x7978x

    or

    xx545x
    xx544x
    xx543x

    There are others.

    That minor line cliche also shows up at the beginning of Stairway to Heaven (in a different position), and can also be used in My Funny Valentine, Blue Skies, one of the sections of Oye Como Va, or as a sub for any static minor chord over several measures. :wink:
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 6,146
    That's a line cliche...I have dozens of Gypsy variations used by Django, Bireli, etc in the Gypsy Rhythm book:












  • DiDriveDiDrive Russia✭✭ Hahl Gitano de Luxe "Antique"
    edited November 2008 Posts: 37
    I like this one.

    I use sometime when play just with other gutarist (in waltz for example):

    Em - Emmaj7 - Em7 - Em6
    X754XX
    X654XX
    X554(5)X
    X454(5)X

    Here is the voice in the bass.
  • JackJack western Massachusetts✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 1,752
    DiDrive wrote:
    I like this one.

    I use sometime when play just with other gutarist (in waltz for example):

    from 1st to 6th
    XX457X
    XX456X
    X5455X
    X5454X

    Here is the voice in the bass.

    In case anyone else is confused by that tab, the 1st to 6th refers to the strings, not the note...it's the reverse of the usual tab...

    best,
    Jack.
  • DiDriveDiDrive Russia✭✭ Hahl Gitano de Luxe "Antique"
    Posts: 37
    Is it better now?
  • AvalonAvalon New
    edited August 2022 Posts: 7

    I play an all-fourths tuned axe but maybe you can adopt the following chords to standard tuning (lower top voice of first three chords by one fret). I drop the E root in the bass and play:

    3x244x

    3x243x

    3x242x

    5456xx

    The top voice does the chromatic descent, which I like, and the 6th string gets played, which I also like. Packed with crunchy goodness?

  • BonesBones Moderator
    Posts: 3,318

    Em EmM7 Em7 Em6 Em7 A7

    7x59xx

    7x58xx

    7x57xx

    7x56xx

    7x57xx

    5x56xx

  • wimwim ChicagoModerator Barault #503 replica
    Posts: 1,445

    My favorite:

    [x7998x] Em

    [x6757x] Eb o7

    [x5545x] Em7

    [x4545x] Em6

    The line cliche is found in the bass notes, sounds great.

    @Avalon I play in straight fourths too, I've never met anyone else in this style who does so - where are you based?

    Bones
  • AvalonAvalon New
    Posts: 7

    @Wim Glenn I am in San Francisco. And you?

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