(piano music) – [Julian] How’s it going guys? Julian Bradley here
from TheMusicalEar.com. In today’s video I’m gonna share with you my chord progression of the week. I’m gonna start by playing
the original version, and then I’m going to share a couple of other variations, which you can do on the same chord progression. So here is the original version. (piano music) So the chords start on C-minor-Seven, and I’m using an interesting voicing. It’s called an open voicing, where you skip every other note. So you play C, you skip the Third, play G, skip the root, play E-Flat, skip G, and play B-Flat. This is a nice open voicing. It sounds very clean when you play it. And then what we’re going to do is just take the bottom Fifth, and we’re going to slide
it down a half-step to B and F-Sharp. That is a B-major-Seven. So it goes C-minor-Seven, B-major-Seven. And then you’re gonna take
both hands down and reset. Play B-Flat and F, and D-Flat
and A-Flat in the right. Which chord is this? That’s right, it’s a
B-Flat-minor-Seven chord. And then we’re going
to do the same pattern. We’re just gonna slide the left hand down a half-step. And which chord do we end up playing here? Well this is an A-major-Seven chord. Root and Fifth in the left, C-Sharp, the major Third, and
G-Sharp, the major Seventh. So those first four chords. C-minor-Seven, B-major-Seven, B-Flat-minor-Seven,
going to A-major-Seven. And then here’s the nice part. You play a C-Sharp-minor-Nine chord. This is how I’m voicing it, but you can voice it any way you like. We could voice it just
simply with the same voicing. Root, Fifth, Third, Seventh. Or you could switch these
the other way around and play Seventh, Third,
that would be nice. So … (piano music) You could just play that. However, I’m adding the
Ninth and the Fifth. And this is one of the most
common voicings I will play for a minor Nine chord,
or a minor Seven chord. This is C-Sharp-minor-Nine. (piano music) Okay, so here’s the first variation on this chord progression. First three chords are
going to stay the same. C-minor-Seven, B-major-Seven,
B-Flat-minor-Seven, but then instead of playing A-major-Seven, we can change this to an A-dominant-Seven. However, if we just play
the literal chord voicing it doesn’t sound great. So really, we’re going to revoice it, and play this voicing, which
has G, the minor-Seventh, B the Ninth, C-Sharp the major Third, and F-Sharp the 13th. And then this chord resolves really nicely to the same C-Sharp-minor-Nine chord. And I’m going to voice it like this. I’m just going to play
an E-major-Seven chord in my right hand, with
C-Sharp on the bass. And that’s a simple way to think of a C-Sharp-minor-Nine chord. Just C-Sharp and then
build a major-Seven chord from the minor-Third. So here’s how that chord
progression sounds. (piano music) Okay, and for the final variation, I’m going to apply the
Kenny Barron 11th voicing to each of these chords. The Kenny Barron 11th voicing
is root, Fifth, and Ninth in the left hand, or just
build a stack of Fifths. And then in the right hand, you build a stack of
Fifths from the Third. So if it’s a minor chord, then
you build a stack of Fifths from E-Flat, the minor-Third. Which would give you
B-Flat, the minor-Seventh, and F, the 11th. And that’s a really nice
voicing for a C-minor-11. Or, if the chord was C-major-Seven, then you would do the same left hand, but you would build a stack of Fifths from the major-Third, which would give you B, the major-Seventh, and F-Sharp, the Sharp-Four. So, we’re going to
apply these two voicings to the same chord progression. Every time there’s a minor chord we’ll play the minor version, and every time there’s a major chord, we’ll play the major version. First chord is C-minor-Seven. Start with this. Now, the next chord is B-major-Seven, and we’re just going
to slide the left hand down by a half-step. And the right hand stays in place. And when the right hand stays in place, well you end up playing
the major voicing anyway, because this is just a stack of Fifths built from the major-Third. And then we’re going to
reset for the B-Flat chord. B-Flat-minor-Seven, how
are we going to voice it? That’s right, stack of
Fifths in the left hand. B-Flat, F, and C. And then a stack of
Fifths in the right hand from the minor-Third of
B-Flat, which is D-Flat. That gives you this. And then we’re going to do
the same trick one more time. Just move the left hand
down by a half-step. And the right hand stays in place. So, that’s the first four chords. (piano music) And then for the final chord
we have C-Sharp-minor-Seven. Stack of Fifths in the left hand, and stack of Fifths in the
right hand from the minor-Third. Or you could voice it up here, if it sounds a bit muddy
down there for you. So, that’s the final variation. Here’s how it sounds. (piano music) So, thank you very much for watching. I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, I would really
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on this chord progression. You can download that for
free at the link below. And, I’m even including
five more chord progressions in a very similar style, and I’ll put them all
together into one PDF. You can download it, print it out, and then play all of
the chord progressions plus variations at the piano. So, just click on the link below. Download the sheet music. That’s it from me, and I’ll see you again in a new video soon.