4 Different Ways To Play Minor Jazz Piano Chords

jazz piano chordsIn today’s free jazz piano lesson we’re going to take a look at 4 different ways of playing minor chords.

Once you learn these sweet chords you’ll have the ability to play a lot more interesting sounds every time you see minor chords written in a chord chart.

Start by watching the video lesson first.  Then scroll down for the notation and extra tips below.


minor jazz piano chords
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Where Can You Use These Minor Chords?

Most jazz tunes have at least one minor chord in there so you can literally use these jazz piano voicings in hundreds of tunes. Pretty cool right?

More Piano Chords For You To Learn From

If you’re looking for more information on jazz piano chords this site is a great chord lessons resource. You’ve come to the right place! 🙂

For starters you can check out this short little sample lessons Bill Evans Chord lesson

Then, once you’re ready I have a whole course that teaches you step by step how to play and use pro jazz piano voicings inside real tunes.

You can check out the course here. It’s called The Premium Jazz Lessons Membership Course.

Music Theory Explanations

Here are some tips to help you understand more of the music theory behind these chords.

Learn to play these piano chords in all your keys. Taking a look at the chord theory explanations below should help.

  •  The minor (add9) chord is built with a root, a 9th, a minor 3rd, and a 5th.
  • The minor (maj. 7th) chord is built with a major 7th, a 9th, a minor 3rd, and a 5th.
  • The minor 7th chord is built with a  minor 7th, a 9th, a minor 3rd, and a 5th.
  •  The minor 6/9 chord is built with a 6th, a 9th, a minor 3rd, and a 5th.

Where Can You Use These Jazz Piano Chord Voicings?

There are so many great jazz songs you can use these chords with. You can even use these chords in jazz blues and even insert them into many different types of jazz chord progressions.

If you want to learn a few bars of some tunes check out these Here’s That Rainy Day chords, Satin Doll chords lesson, and this Misty chords lesson.

Final Tip

I hope you’ve enjoyed the sounds of these minor chords! My challenge to you is to make sure you throw them into some of your favorite songs.

The ultimate goal is to be able to throw them into real pieces of music.

Where do you plan on using these chords? Is there a popular jazz standard you love to play that could use a refresh? Please leave a comment below and let us know!


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Steve Nixon