Vertical Triad Pairs

by | Jazz Improvisation

In this lesson I want to introduce you to a concept that you’ve most likely heard in the playing of many great post bop improvisers such as Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, Joe Henderson and countless more!

You’ve probably heard about triad pairs. Simply put, they consist of 2 neighboring diatonic triads extracted from any given scale. Their purpose is to create harmonic motion by moving between them and by doing so, also sounding 6 of the 7 notes from the scale in a non scalar fashion.

Nonetheless, there is an inherent limitation in the way they are conventionally taught and employed. Due to the fact that you are always dealing horizontally with 2 neighboring triads, you can only cover a limited range. The solution lies in stacking the triad pairs vertically! And this is how many of the great post bop musicians come up with those broad-range 6 note arpeggios…

In this video, after demonstrating the concept, I show you how to apply vertical triad pairs over different II-V-I progressions to create contemporary sounding jazz lines!



The “Vertical Triad Pairs” lesson files, can be downloaded for $12.00. The download includes the following files:  PDFs with both regular notation and detailed TAB featuring 22 ascending & descending triad pairs, 12 major & minor II-V-I lines, summary of theory & procedure, MP3 of the II-V-I lines , a Band in a Box file, as well as a Midi file  so you can practice using the free downloadable notation app: “Muse Score”.

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  1. Denise Crider

    Thank you, Richie Zellon!
    Always a pleasure!!

    cc rider

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