The concept here is a simple one. Instead of simply arpeggiating 1 -3 -5 -7 , we can getting into the upper structures of the chords. Utilizing 9ths, 11ths, 13ths. A way to do this is to take some simple piano voicings are arpeggiate them. Below is an example of 5 basic right hand piano voicings for each of the ii , V, and i chords.
What is the minor ii V i matrix?
Utilizing certain harmonic minor scales, we can construct a matrix of possible chord substitutions that may be used over the minor ii – V, or minor ii – V – i chord progressions. This approach is actually awesome for times when it is just ii – V’s that don’t resolve to i. The example I will use for this post is the last eight bars of “Stella by Starlight”. Most beginning players who study this tune have a hard time with the last eight bars because of the fact that the first three ii-V’s don’t resolve to i. Just playing in each of the minor keys doesn’t really get the job done.