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Top Note

A Very Handy Reference for Chord Melody Guitarists

Quickly find the shape that is just right for your chord melody arrangement by looking at the highest (top) note. Learning the most practical jazz guitar chord shapes according to their top note is an essential skill for jazz guitarists of all levels.

This Top Note eBook makes chord melody building more enjoyable and efficient. This eBook is a hands-on reference covering the few dozen most applied voicings by chord melody jazz guitarists.


Build Your Own Jazz Guitar Chord Melody Arrangements Easily with This Alternative Voicings Reference eBook

-Find voicings organized by top note (melody note);

-Learn alternative chord shapes for chord melody;

-Quickly build your own chord melody arrangements;

-All voicings are moveable;

-These chord grips cover the most idiomatic jazz sounds.


A Powerful Reference, At Your Fingertips

The practical purpose of Top Note is to speed up the process of locating the dozens of chords required for a chord melody arrangement.

All the chord diagrams listed are easily transposable, moveable shapes. Where possible, three versions of each chord voicing are given: top note on the first string, top note on the second string and top note on the third string.

Top Note's structure also provides a big advantage of a more creative kind.

Say you're looking for a dom7b5 chord with the third on top as shown in a fake book. You'll find the chord listed with plenty of other dominant chords all with the third on top.

It's quite likely you'll find one of these chords - perhaps a Dominant 7#5b9 or maybe a Dominant 7add4 – sounds better than the fake book's suggestion.

It's understood that no chord book can include every possible chord. But with the Top Note eBook in hand, you'll quickly find exactly the chord you are looking for or some cool-sounding alternatives– all conveniently listed together.


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Your Instructor


Don Becker
Don Becker

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Don has worked as a professional musician for many years. Throughout his career he has worked in a variety of musical genres - but for the past twenty or so years, Don has been concentrating on arranging standards for solo finger-style jazz guitar. Now semi-retired, he lives on the north coast of Borneo.


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Content overview

-Over 30 pages of clear, well formatted, easy to read and understand chord shapes.

-Introduction, Chord Diagrams Explanation, Table of Chord Tone Names.

-Major Chords, with top note as: root, 2 (or 9) including sus2 chords, 3 (or 10), 4 (or 11) including sus4 chords, #11 (or b5), 5, 6 (or 13), 7.

-Minor Chords, with top note as: root, 2 (or 9), b3, 5, 6, 7.

-Dominant 7 Chords (including dominant 7sus4 chords) with top note as: root, b2 (or b9), 2 (or 9), b3 (or #9), 3, 4 (or 11), b5 (#11), 5, #5 (or b13), 6 (or 13), b7.

-Augmented Chords, with top note as: root, b3, #5

-Diminished Chords, with top note as: root, 2 (or 9), b3, 4 (or 11), b5 (or #11), #5 (or b13), 6 (or 13 or bb7), 7.

-Minor 7 Chords, with top note as: root, 2 (or 9), b3, 4 (or 11), 5, 6 (or 13), b7.

-Minor 7b5 Chords, with top note as: root 2 (or 9), b3, 4 (or 11), b5 (or#11), #5 (or b13), b7.

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